Praise for National Sports Convention

Sport Australia

The most powerful way to strengthen our industry and speed up change is through people. The National Sports Convention plays an important role in building capability in our people and in encouraging collaboration. It’s about being exceptional beyond winning medals or trophies, it’s about delivering results for every single Australian and contributing to our national health, education, productivity, social cohesion, international diplomacy and economy. The only way Australia can solve this inactivity crisis is by learning from each other and working together. Sport can be a powerful vehicle for change. We need to get more Australians moving more often.” – Sport Australia

Sport Australia is a Commonwealth Government corporate entity focused on getting more Australians participating and excelling in sport. The National Sports Convention will bring together stakeholders from sport, government, education, health and service providers with a single vision on working together to encourage more Australians to be active and participate in sport.

Sport NZ

Kia ora, Sport NZ, together with our partners, is proud of the work we’re collectively doing to increase the opportunities for all New Zealanders to get involved in play, active recreation and sport. Many of our successes as well as the challenges we face have a uniquely New Zealand aspect and often involve developing our own special kiwi response, but many other issues and problems go beyond our borders. The challenges of getting people to participate are similar around the world. People are busy, have numerous options, and can struggle for time and motivation. Often this is made harder through financial and physical barriers, which can make involvement seem all too hard for many people. Increasing the visibility and opportunities for women and girls, disabled people, youth and disadvantaged groups is important to us all, as is reflecting the demographic changes in our populations and involving a wider and more diverse audience in our work…

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We have some answers and solutions we hope to share, but we also have many questions, and this event presents the opportunity to learn from international experts on what we can do and how we can learn from other countries to move forward. The fact that the National Sports Convention 2019 includes experts from sport, government, education, health, the private sector, and the physical activity, recreation and community sports sectors from around Australia, the UK and Europe give us the chance to learn new approaches and ideas for us to take home. By learning and sharing from others we stand to gain a tremendous amount and I look forward to taking part in an invigorating conference.I am looking forward to renewing acquaintances, meeting new people and making contacts for the future. Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa” – Peter Miskimmin, Sport New Zealand.

Sport New Zealand is the proud guardian of their country’s world-leading sporting system, from grass roots through to elite sport.  They are committed to encouraging more young people and adults to engage in more sport and recreation and more winners on the world stage.

VicHealth

VicHealth is very proud to support the 2019 National Sports Convention. Playing sport is such a vital avenue for people to be active, meet like-minded people and improve their health and wellbeing. But Australia’s physical activity landscape has recently changed and conferences like this provide us with an important opportunity to discuss how we can collectively re-imagine how sport can do things differently to remain relevant and thrive.” – Kirstan Corben, Executive Manger Programs Group, VicHealth

VicHealth aims to create a Victoria where everybody can enjoy better health and wellbeing. They create and fund world-class interventions by conducting vital research to advance Victoria’s population health and provide transformational expertise and insights to government.

ACHPER Vic

Attending and presenting at the NSC in 2018 was a great opportunity to understand the big picture concerns, challenges and achievements within the broad sector of sport and active recreation. This gives greater insight into how our organisation The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Victoria) can collaborate with others to achieve common goals. It also allowed me to share insights about our expertise in the area of education and schools and to and hear from others about their engagement in this area.” – Hilary Shelton, CEO, ACHPER

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Victorian Branch) Inc. is a professional association representing teachers and related professionals working in the fields of Physical Education, Health Education, Sport Education, Outdoor Education, and Recreation in Victoria. 

ALFAQ

ALFAQ is delighted to once again collaborate with the National Sports Convention. The exceptional topics and speaks across the course of the program and testament to calibre of this wonderful convention.” – Dan Kwaczynski President, ALFAQ

ALFAQ (Australian Leisure Facilities Association Queensland) is the peak industry body focused Public Aquatic Facilities in Queensland. Members include Centre Managers, Duty Managers, Pool Lessees, Councils and Commercial Suppliers. The organisation is focused on assisting the industry in general to raise the standards of Aquatic Facilities across all areas.

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria

ARV is proud to collaborate once again with the NSC for 2019. With so many of our leading thought provokers and ambassadors for change assembling in the one area, it creates a real opportunity to influence the future landscape for sport and recreation in this country.” – Grant Connors, Chief Executive Officer, ARV

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) is Victoria’s peak body for the aquatics and recreation industry. ARV is a not-for-profit member-based association providing support, professional development, training, advocacy, research and networking opportunities to those who plan, build, own, operate or service aquatic and recreation facilities across Victoria.

Community Sport Australia

I have become an annual attendee at the National Sports Convention over recent years and expect to continue to be into the future, given the linkages between the broader sport and recreation industry and governments Federal and State via CASRO and Sport Australia. I particularly appreciate the opportunity to hear from other countries’ sport authorities such as Sport England and Sport New Zealand, on how they are progressing addressing the pursuit of enhancing physical activity and dealing with related factors. At the same time, being able to listen to inputs from a variety of more localised bodies across Australia operating in the sport and physical activity space is obviously a real plus.” – Peter Cummiskey, Secretary, Community Sport Australia

Community Sport Australia Ltd (CSA) comprised of State sports federations and has been formed to represent those federations nationally, to advocate and gain support for community sport and to recommend ways for improving the sustainability of community sport. 

Fitness Australia

Fitness Australia’s new purpose of getting  more Australians more active will only be achieved through collaboration and partnerships with likeminded organisations and individuals. We look forward to working together to get Australia moving again.” – Barrie Elvish, CEO, Fitness Australia

Since leaving a career as an Outdoor Education teacher Barrie has gathered over twenty years CEO experience in the NFP sector where he has led significant organisational change and strategy development in a diverse range of community environments. He enjoys running, all outdoor activities and  water sports and, a petrol head from way back, maintains a strong fetish for Hot Rodding. 

Together with NSC we share the vision ‘to drive participation and encourage people to be more active, to play, recreate and participate in community sport’. As in 2018, we are proud to support this great learning and networking event. Looking forward to exchange top-level international knowledge both at NSC 2019 and the IAKS Congress 2019″ – Klaus Meinel, Secretary General, IAKS

The IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) is a global non-profit organisation and source of information about planning, design and management of sports and leisure facilities. Its network is the meeting place for architects, engineers, clients, designers, local authorities, technical and operative management, sports federations and clubs. 

Pride in Sport

We are excited to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention, which this year includes a greater focus on diversity and inclusion. Pride in Sport is a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion program that supports sporting codes, clubs and organisations, and the 2019 National Sports Convention provides us with an important opportunity to shine the light on LGBTQ inclusion in Australian sport. The focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia and transphobia within sport and society as a whole is unprecedented. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all. We look forward to collaborating with Sport Australia on continuing to make our sports more inclusive for everyone.” – ACON CEO, Nicolas Parkhill, Pride in Sport

Pride in Sport is the only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTI employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators. The world-first Pride in Sport Index (PSI) benchmarks and assesses the inclusion of LGBTI people across all sporting contexts.

School Sport Australia

School Sport Australia is pleased to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention. School sport is a vital component of the education system that regularly provides the first opportunity for children to participate in a safe and organised competitive environment. We see ourselves as a key contributor to the discussion at the Convention on providing greater opportunities for our young people.” – Michael Grant, CEO, School Sport Australia

School Sport Australia provides quality educational sporting programs at both the national and international level for gifted and talented sporting students that have participated in their State or Territory school sport pathways. We also provide opportunities for teachers to be involved in sport at the national and international level through their education system.

School Sport Vic

School Sport Victoria is proud to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention. We welcome a focus of the conference is on children and young people. School Sport Victoria recognises the many benefits that sport plays in their physical, social and mental wellbeing. I look forward to the opportunities the conference will bring in making a difference to our future generation.” – Rayoni Nelson, CEO, School Sport Vic

School Sport Victoria is the voice for school sport in Victoria, operating as part of the Department of Education and Training. We actively advocate for improved sporting and physical activity opportunities for all school-aged students.

Sports and Play Industry Association

The Sports and Play Industry Association is pleased to once again participate in the National Sports Convention. The NSC brings together a vast range of sports and recreation industry personnel from within Australia and New Zealand (as well as overseas exhibitors and presenters) to a centralised location. Members of the Sports & Play Industry Association are the nation’s foremost experts in design, construction, installation, compliance testing and maintenance of sports, recreation and play facilities. The NSC provides SAPIA members with an opportunity to meet the end users and managers of the sports facilities and play spaces which they construct and install. It also affords an opportunity to connect and network with fellow members of our niche sports construction industry.” – Mark Edmondson, President, SAPIA

The Sports and Play Industry Association (SAPIA) is the peak industry body for sports, recreation and playspace construction in Australasia. Our members are specialists in the design, construction, installation, maintenance, manufacture, supply and testing of sports and play facilities, domestic and commercial, indoor and outdoor. 

Sports Environment Alliance

The Sports Environment Alliance is delighted to be a Collaborator for the National Sports Convention where a cross-section of the industry will convene to better understand how we can actively contribute to the betterment of our industry.  We look forward to learning, sharing, and acting together with all sports on behalf of our clean future.” – Dr Sheila Nguyen, Executive Director, Sports Environment Alliance

The Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is committed to do more {for the world} with less {footprint} so we can continue to have places to play.
We are a not-for-profit leadership body who values sharing knowledge and building networks to enhance the industry’s engagement in the clean economy to more effectively manage the changes in our natural environment.

The National Sports Convention has quickly become one of the ‘must-attend’ events of the year for anyone working in sport and recreation. The quality of content, networking and associated activities continues to grow year-on-year and Sport NSW is delighted to be both a content developer for the 2019 event and a collaborator as part of Community Sport Australia.” – Darren Simpson, CEO, Sport NSW.”

Sport NSW is the peak industry body for sport in the state. As an independent not-for-profit organisation, Sport NSW represents NSW sporting organisations as “The Voice of Sport” to raise and respond to issues that impact on all levels of sport and to foster the future development of sport in New South Wales.

Vicsport is proud to be a collaborator of the National Sports Convention for 2019. The Conference brings together the best speakers from around the world and enables our Victorian sports community to learn about best practice.” – Lisa Hasker, CEO, Vicsport.

In simple words – Vicsport’s aim is to get as many people in Victoria engaging in sport and physical activity. We are the peak body for sport and active recreation in the state and work closely with the Victorian Government to promote the many benefits sport has to offer.

Sport SA is thrilled to be partner of the National Sports Convention 2019, Australia & New Zealand’s largest community sport and recreation management convention. As the peak body for community sport in South Australia, Sport SA views this partnership as integral to providing a platform for our members and partners to develop shared understanding and knowledge that will support our industry. We look forward to joining our national colleagues in the important dialogue and conversations that will occur over the course of the convention and importantly in the weeks and months that follow.” – Leah Cassidy, CEO – Sport SA

The South Australian Sports Federation Incorporated (Sport SA), the peak sports industry professional association for all South Australian sports was established in 1991. Sport SA is a non-government, not for profit organisation providing industry advocacy, training and professional support to member groups and affiliated bodies.

“Vicsport is proud to be a collaborator of the National Sports Convention for 2019. The Conference brings together the best speakers from around the world and enables our Victorian sports community to learn about best practice.”

Lisa Hasker, CEO, Vicsport

The fact that the National Sports Convention 2019 includes experts from sport, government, education, health, the private sector, and the physical activity, recreation and community sports sectors from around Australia, the UK and Europe give us the chance to learn new approaches and ideas for us to take home. By learning and sharing from others we stand to gain a tremendous amount and I look forward to taking part in an invigorating conference. I am looking forward to renewing acquaintances, meeting new people and making contacts for the future.

Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive, Sport New Zealand

“School Sport Victoria is proud to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention. We welcome a focus of the conference is on children and young people. School Sport Victoria recognises the many benefits that sport plays in their physical, social and mental wellbeing. I look forward to the opportunities the conference will bring in making a difference to our future generation.”

Rayoni Nelson, CEO, School Sport Vic

“Attending and presenting at the NSC in 2018 was a great opportunity to understand the big picture concerns, challenges and achievements within the broad sector of sport and active recreation. This gives greater insight into how our organisation The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Victoria) can collaborate with others to achieve common goals. It also allowed me to share insights about our expertise in the area of education and schools and to and hear from others about their engagement in this area.”

Hilary Shelton, CEO, ACHPER, Vic

"“I have become an annual attendee at the National Sports Convention over recent years and expect to continue to be into the future, given the linkages between the broader sport and recreation industry and governments Federal and State via CASRO and Sport Australia. I particularly appreciate the opportunity to hear from other countries’ sport authorities such as Sport England and Sport New Zealand, on how they are progressing addressing the pursuit of enhancing physical activity and dealing with related factors. At the same time, being able to listen to inputs from a variety of more localised bodies across Australia operating in the sport and physical activity space is obviously a real plus.” -

Peter Cummiskey, Secretary, Community Sport Australia

“The Sports and Play Industry Association is pleased to once again participate in the National Sports Convention. The NSC brings together a vast range of sports and recreation industry personnel from within Australia and New Zealand (as well as overseas exhibitors and presenters) to a centralised location. Members of the Sports & Play Industry Association are the nation’s foremost experts in design, construction, installation, compliance testing and maintenance of sports, recreation and play facilities. The NSC provides SAPIA members with an opportunity to meet the end users and managers of the sports facilities and play spaces which they construct and install. It also affords an opportunity to connect and network with fellow members of our niche sports construction industry."

Mark Edmondson, President, SAPIA

"Fitness Australia’s new purpose of getting more Australians more active will only be achieved through collaboration and partnerships with likeminded organisations and individuals. We look forward to working together to get Australia moving again." -

Barrie Elvish, CEO, Fitness Australia

"Together with NSC we share the vision 'to drive participation and encourage people to be more active, to play, recreate and participate in community sport'. As in 2018, we are proud to support this great learning and networking event. Looking forward to exchange top-level international knowledge both at NSC 2019 and the IAKS Congress 2019. "

Klaus Meinel, Secretary General, IAKS

"ALFAQ is delighted to once again collaborate with the National Sports Convention. The exceptional topics and speaks across the course of the program and testament to calibre of this wonderful convention."

Dan Kwaczynski, President, ALFAQ

"School Sport Australia is pleased to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention. School sport is a vital component of the education system that regularly provides the first opportunity for children to participate in a safe and organised competitive environment. We see ourselves as a key contributor to the discussion at the Convention on providing greater opportunities for our young people."

Michael Grant, CEO, School Sport Australia

"We are excited to be a collaborator for the 2019 National Sports Convention, which this year includes a greater focus on diversity and inclusion. Pride in Sport is a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion program that supports sporting codes, clubs and organisations, and the 2019 National Sports Convention provides us with an important opportunity to shine the light on LGBTQ inclusion in Australian sport. The focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia and transphobia within sport and society as a whole is unprecedented. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all. We look forward to collaborating with Sport Australia on continuing to make our sports more inclusive for everyone."

ACON CEO, Nicolas Parkhill, Pride in Sport

“The most powerful way to strengthen our industry and speed up change is through people. The National Sports Convention plays an important role in building capability in our people and in encouraging collaboration. It’s about being exceptional beyond winning medals or trophies, it’s about delivering results for every single Australian and contributing to our national health, education, productivity, social cohesion, international diplomacy and economy. The only way Australia can solve this inactivity crisis is by learning from each other and working together. Sport can be a powerful vehicle for change. We need to get more Australians moving more often.”

Sport Australia

“The Sports Environment Alliance is delighted to be a Collaborator for the National Sports Convention where a cross-section of the industry will convene to better understand how we can actively contribute to the betterment of our industry. We look forward to learning, sharing, and acting together with all sports on behalf of our clean future."

Dr Sheila Nguyen, Executive Director, Sports Environment Alliance (SEA)

ARV is proud to collaborate once again with the NSC for 2019. With so many of our leading thought provokers and ambassadors for change assembling in the one area, it creates a real opportunity to influence the future landscape for sport and recreation in this country

Grant Connors, Chief Executive Officer, ARV

The National Sports Convention has quickly become one of the ‘must-attend’ events of the year for anyone working in sport and recreation. The quality of content, networking and associated activities continues to grow year-on-year and Sport NSW is delighted to be both a content developer for the 2019 event and a collaborator as part of Community Sport Australia

Darren Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Sport NSW

VicHealth is very proud to support the 2019 National Sports Convention. Playing sport is such a vital avenue for people to be active, meet like-minded people and improve their health and wellbeing. But Australia’s physical activity landscape has recently changed and conferences like this provide us with an important opportunity to discuss how we can collectively re-imagine how sport can do things differently to remain relevant and thrive.”

Kirstan Corben, Executive Manger Programs Group, VicHealth

"Sport SA is thrilled to be partner of the National Sports Convention 2019, Australia & New Zealand’s largest community sport and recreation management convention. As the peak body for community sport in South Australia, Sport SA views this partnership as integral to providing a platform for our members and partners to develop shared understanding and knowledge that will support our industry. We look forward to joining our national colleagues in the important dialogue and conversations that will occur over the course of the convention and importantly in the weeks and months that follow. "

 Leah Cassidy, CEO – Sport SA