Over 600 people have come together to hear the new leadership in Australia for sport, with The Hon Minister Anika Wells, Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Sport using the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention as her first industry engagement.

The buzz of the industry coming together again was appreciated with the energy around the meetings and connections evident.

And that’s a wrap….

As the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention comes to an end for 2022, some key highlights that have left us with food for thought when we get back into the office.

  • Kieren Perkins OAM – the refreshing and honest approach to his tenure after only 100 days in the industry as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission and with more confidence on the direction they are going and what we should expect. The buzz after his speech at the NSC Oration was remarkable.
  • Where does ‘movement, play and recreation’ fit – with most of the global speakers from New Zealand, England, Ireland, Denmark and Singapore explain their shift to movement, play and recreation, who in Australia now has the national responsibility for this as the Australian Sports Commission reconfirms their focus on Organised Sport.
  • Singapore Sport’s committed to its residents for everyone of them to have access to a health and fitness professional to support their journey to have more active nation.
  • The connection between health and participation was again reinforced and the importance of changing the narrative from ‘sport speak’ to health expectations.
  • Sustainability and climate change should be a pillar for sports future planning as our narrative embraces the challenges facing the planet.
  • Inclusion needs to consider everyone, not just a single cohort.
  • The planning and funding of community leisure facilities needs to change to impact focus, so that the design of the facilities are created to allow to offer a broader offering to the whole community.

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