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Key Speakers of the 2014 Sports Without Borders Conference

Paul Kennedy is a presenter on ABC and ABC2, (6am-9am), Kennedy brings the overnight and breaking sports stories to viewers. You have to wake up early to get one over Paul, who literally will start his working day at 2am. He is the Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Sports Without Borders conference.

Kate George and Ashley Fleming (Brimbank City Council) will present on the recently developed ‘In2Sport Brimbank’ initiative, which provides disadvantaged children the opportunity to participate in sport.

Senator Nova Peris, OAM,  (Australian Senator for the Northern Territory)is an Aussie Legend. She is the current Labor Senator for the Northern Territory and a former Olympic Gold medalist.

Nova was named Young Australian of the Year in 1997 and was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

She has strongly advocated for social change on issues such as domestic violence, youth, depression and youth suicide.

She will share her passion for health and well being through sports participation at the conference.

Pippa Grange, (Bluestone Edge) is an international keynote speaker on the culture and ethics of sport. She is a Doctor of Applied Psychology and Director of Bluestone Edge Pty Ltd, a consultancy business helping sports people and organisations thrive.

The nature of her talk is: "It isn't possible to say 'being better at ethics is not my job' if you are a leader in sport. Ethical leadership is necessarily personal and absolutely practical; it is driven by our deepest beliefs, our skills and our confidence to voice our values. Most people know the right thing to do when it comes down to it, but many  of those same people accept poor standards, harmful practices and high risk situations in their environments – why does this happen and what can be done about it? "

She provides strategic leadership and governance on culture change projects such as the responsible use of alcohol, illicit drugs, respectful relationships and social inclusion.

She is the author of a new book ‘Ethical Leadership in Sport – what's your ENDgame?,' being published in April 2014.

Simon Hollingsworth, (CEO, Australian Sports Commission) is the Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission. He spent nine years with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), most recently as Executive Director of the Policy and Cabinet Group.

 Simon represented Australia on numerous occasions in the 400-metre hurdles and 4x400-metre relay. This includes the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 World Championships.

Hon Damian Drum, MLC, (Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation) is the Victorian National Party Upper House member for Northern Victoria Region.  He is the Leader of the Nationals in the Upper House.

Damian is also well known for his time in football. He played 65 games for Geelong FC from 1981 to 1990. He was assistant coach of the Sydney Football Club and was senior coach at the Fremantle Football Club.

VicSport Panel

VicSport will be supporting the panel: the role for governments & VicSport in increasing sports activity in clubs.

 Mark McAllion is currently the Chief Executive Officer of VicSport.  Mark joined VicSport as CEO in January 2009 and now has over 23 years of sports administration experience.  He has a strong Game Development background which includes senior management positions at Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia. Prior to joining VicSport Mark was the CEO of Softball Australia.

Mark is also an active member on numerous industry committees including the Victorian School Sports Council, VicHealth’s Physical Activity Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the Deakin University Exercise and Sports Science Advisory Board. 

Special Events

Sports Tech Expo Australian Sports Technologies Network will present a sports tech expo to assist organisations in engaging volunteers and driving participation.

The Great Debate was first held in 2013 and is a highly anticipated event. It is back again this year tackling a key issue affecting sports participation.

2014 theme - “People who don’t care about winning don’t really care about sport.”

This year’s line up:

AFFIRMATIVE: Rita Panahi, media commentator and Adam Dale, former Australian Test Cricketer

NEGATIVE: Professor Russell Hoye, Director, Centre for Sport and Social Impact Social at La Trobe University and Angela Pippos, Sports Journalist.

Francis Leach host of ABC Grandstand Breakfast, will again adjudicate the debate.