Speakers

The National Sports Convention aims to secure the best possible global, national and local speakers for the conference. As speakers are confirmed their details will be listed on this page. Our speakers will aim to motivate and inspire delegates by sharing their expertise, knowledge, insights and solutions so that as an industry we can learn, grow and enhance our thinking for our projects and approach to growing participation. Our speakers to date include:

National Sports Convention (NSC) Global Keynote Speakers

Matthew Michael
The Monkeys

Jerril Rechter
VicHealth

Kevin Luten
Behaviour Design Works

Dr Sarah Sandley
Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation

Geoff Barry
Sport New Zealand

Nicole Livingstone O.A.M
Master of Ceremonies

Greg Oliver
Fitness & Lifestyle Group

Kate Palmer
Australian Sports Commission

Jennie Price
Sport England

National Community Sport Conference (NCSC) Speakers

Professor Kylie Ball
Deakin
University

Marne Fechner
Netball
Australia

Phil Jones
Sport and Recreation Victoria

Scott Mackenzie
Sport
New Zealand

Dr Sarah Sandley
Sport New Zealand

Brooke Irvine
Gymnastics Australia

Merrilee Barnes
Australian Sports Commission

Nick Foa
Dept of Health & Human Services – VIC

Michael Kennedy
Ski & Snowboard Australia

Tamara Mason
Moreland
City Council

Marianne Kynde Hestbech
Keingart – Space Activators

Alex Burrows
activeXchange
DataHub initiative

Geoff Barry
Sport
New Zealand

Hilary Shelton
ACHPER
Victoria

Dr Natasha Schranz
University of South Australia

Oliver Vanges
The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities

Rayoni
Nelson

VicHealth

Dr Bridie O’Donnell
Office for Women in Sport and Recreation

Penny Carlson
Australian Sports Commission

Dr Clare Hanlon
Victoria
University

Michael Doulton
TeamMONASH

Dr Liz Cyarto
Bolton Clarke Research Institute

Jason Linnane
Singleton
Council (NSW)

Matt Finnis
St Kilda
Football Club

Salv Carmusciano
Football Federation Australia

Will Roberts
Youth Sport Trust

Louise Eyres
Australian Sports Commission

Tavale Ilalio
Mahana
Culture

Kevin Luten
Behaviour
Design Works

Kate Palmer
Australian Sports Commission

Andrew Blowers
Melbourne Storm

National Sport Development Conference (NSDC) Speakers

Lauren Arnell
AFL
Victoria

Mark McAllion
Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Shayne Ward
AFL
Victoria

Jamie Parsons
Gymnastics
Victoria

Fabio Serpiello
Melbourne Victory Football Academy

Emma Checker
Adelaide United
W-League

Sarah Loh
South Metro
Junior Football League

Justin Burney
Sport and Recreation Victoria

Calvin Pane
Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Sandro Bissetto
Athletics
Australia

Jas Virdee
Football
NSW

Kristie Sheridan
Sunshine Coast
Lightning Netball Club

Professor Cliff Mallett
University of Queensland

Ned Coten
Basketball
Australia

Nadine Cohen
Netball
Australia

Matti Clements
Australian Institute of Sport

Patrick McInerney
Tennis
Australia

Nicky Couston
Australian Football League

Mark Evans
Gold Coast Suns Football Club

Dave Cove
Sportspace, Dacorum Sports Trust, UK

Michael Poulton
High Performance Coach & Strategist

Lawrie Fabian
Queensland Academy of Sport

Elia Hill
Tennis
Queensland

Johannes Rosenmöller
Humotion
 

Torin Baker
Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Jason Hellwig
Swimming
Victoria

Casey Grice
SA National Football League

Gerard Kennedy
Golf
Australia

Max Binnington
Primco
 

Erin Clout
Professional Footballers Australia

Professor Tracy Taylor
University of Technology Sydney

Don Knapp
UniSport
Australia

Kevin Thompson
Australian Sports Commission

Peter Lonergan
Basketball
Australia

Dr Elizabeth Bradshaw
Deakin
University

Claire Mitchell
Geelong Cats Football Club

Anthony Klarica
Elite Performance
& Carlton Football Club

National Sports Surfaces Conference (NSSC) Speakers

Carla Armanet
Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

Ken Gannon
Australian Football League

Erik Kinlon
HG Sports
Turf

Mick Roberts
ACT
Government

Mark Bowater
Auckland Council
New Zealand

Dion Gosling
Studio106 Architect, New Zealand

Martin Sheppard
Smart Connection Consultancy

Marianne Kynde Hestbech
Keingart – Space Activators

Casey Grice
SA National Football League

Wayne Stuart
City of Swan
WA

Gary Cole
Football Federation Victoria

Geoff Webb
Institute of Groundsmanship, UK

Mark Perham
FieldTurf
NZ

Dr Keith McAuliffe
Labosport
Australia

Richard Tattershaw
Sport Group
Europe

Jarrod Hill
SportEng

Jim Tritt
SportGroup
Holdings

Danny Edmunds
City of
Casey

Grant Humphreys
Acoustoscan Test Institute

Neil McIntosh
Sports Line – Mapei Australia

Nicolas Evans
Quality Programme – FIFA

Paul Kamphuis
Asia Pacific
Polytan

Malcolm Parkes
California Sports Surfaces

Alastair Cox
International Hockey Federation

National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference

Alexandra Ash
YMCA
Victoria

Tony Giggs
Stirling City Council
WA

Kate Maddock
Otium Planning
Group

Mike McGrath
DWP Architects

Oliver Vanges
The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities

Glen Blamey
ADCO
Constructions

Simon Haire
‎Project
Consultant

Joseph Lantz
School Infrastructure
NSW

Peter Brook
Peddle Thorp Architects

Josh Philpot
PMY Group

Alex Burrows
activeXchange
DataHub initiative

Angela Hann
City of Melbourne
VIC

Geoff Leaver
Swimplex
Australia

Arden Joseph
Moreland City Counci

Dave Cove
Sportspace, Dacorum Sports Trust, UK

Professor Russell Hoye
La Trobe University

Ilia Houridis
Office for Recreation & Sport

Marianne Kynde-Hestbech
Keingart – Space Activators

Simon Duck
Inner West Council
NSW

Phil Meggs
State Sport Centres Trust

Adam Luscombe
YMCA
Victoria

Bruce Fordham
Hume City
Council

Michael King
Otium Planning
Group

Liz Tesone
YMCA
Victoria

Andrew Ross
URBNSURF