There is only 1 week to go before the first sessions of the 2021 National Sports & Physical Activity Convention begin.  Starting Thursday 11th November with the first of four live streamed Keynote Sessions at 9.00am AEDT will be the theme of A Bold Agenda for Managing Sport, followed by the release of seven on-demand sessions at 10.30am AEDT.  There is still time to register for this comprehensive program.  On-Demand sessions released next week include:

How Can Australian Sport Efficiently and Effectively Work Within and Leverage the Federal System?

In what is expected to be a highlight keynote discussion of the whole NSC21, we have brought together five industry heavyweights to explore and share insights about the future of sport and governance in Australia.

Andrew Larratt opens the session and draws parallels with the Australian National and State political systems to set the scene comparison with the Federated sports model, why it is different and what we need to explore for the future.  A really compelling, objective and rational premise to start the panel conversation.

The Panel Discussion, featuring current and past NSO CEO’s and Chairs debate Larratt’s premise and share insights in a pragmatic, open, honest and constructive manner.  With the advice and independence of Iain Roy, Chief Executive Officer of Sports Integrity and Governance Partners, this session is a must for every sports Board Member, State and National Sports Leader.  The panel consists of:

  • Marne Fechner, Chief Executive Officer, AusCycling
  • Ned Coten, Past President, Basketball Australia
  • Leigh Russell, Program Director, Champions of Change Coalition and past CEO of Swimming Australia & Netball Victoria
  • Iain Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Sports Integrity & Governance Partners

What Will Sport Look Like in 2032

Chair: Sam Lane

  • Dr Sheila Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sports Environment Alliance
  • Alex Mednis, Chief Executive Officer, revolutioniseSPORT
  • Dr Paul Oliver, GM Government & Stakeholder Engagement, Paralympics Australia

Mental Health and Wellbeing Paradigm Shifts Sports’ External Focus to Internal

Chair: Peter Burns, Alignment and Movement Strategist

  • Mary Spillane, Mental Health Lead/ Clinical Psychologist, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Dave Burt, Founder, SALT: Sport and Life Training
  • Ben Farinazzo, Ambassador
  • Anika Scott (nee Lalic), Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Lead (GWS Giants Netball), Netball Australia

Empowering and Retaining Future Leaders

Chair: Prof Clare Hanlon, Victoria University

  • Mark Maybury, Group Manager, People and Culture, Belgravia Leisure
  • Marijke Fotia, Regional Programs Manager, Volunteer West
  • Sarah Styles, Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Global Technology Innovation to Drive a Resurgent Sport Industry

Chair: Ned Coten

  • Kristina Denney, Solution Specialist – Enterprise Business Applications, Microsoft (USA)
  • Michael Boisvert, Director, Ticket Strategy & Analytics, LA Clippers (USA)

The Preventive Health and Wellbeing Agenda for Children

Chair: Pierre Comis, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Australia

  • Robyn Monro Miller, President, International Play Association
  • Associate Professor Lisa Barnett, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
  • Scott Mackenzie, Play Lead, Sport New Zealand

The full program can be viewed at

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