The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) will be focussing two of its Keynote Sessions this year on the value and impact of global mega-events on the community.

Understanding the Victorian Government’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in 2026, the NSC will host on Thursday 27th July two keynote sessions with international expertise forum the UK, New Zealand, Europe, Brisbane 2032 as well as from an athletes perspective. The topic of the metrics, impacts and outcomes needed to measure the success of global major events, will be top of everyone’s agenda and discussion.

Over two sessions, they keynote speakers include:

Tim Hollingsworth OBE

Chief Executive, Sport England

Raelene Castle ONZM

Group Chief Executive, Sport NZ & High Performance Sport NZ

Alan Goh

Chief Executive, Sport Singapore

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Asst. Minister for Employment

Patrick Johnson OLY

Culture and Safety Advisor, Sport Integrity Australia and Board Member, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee

Prof Alfonso Jimenez

Chief Research & Innovation Officer, GO fit LAB

Dr Hannah Macdougall PLY

Research Fellow, Deakin University (dual Paralympian)

Exploring the actual and perceived benefits that mega-events bring to countries and local communities is part of every event submission, but what are the real legacies and how tangible are the benefits?

“With the Victorian Government’s cancellation of the Commonwealth Games, the whole industry is worried about the consequences of the globe’s perspective of Australia and especially Victoria for hosting global mega-events. The NSC have had that these two sessions planned for 6 months with the world leaders. The time is perfect to hear different perspectives to the benefits of such investments and how some invest within their means, as Birmingham did last year, and can still deliver amazing experiences.”
Martin Sheppard
NSC Founder

Editors Notes

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) has grown since 2016 as Australia/New Zealand’s largest and most prominent community sport and recreation convention and expo. This year the NSC returns to Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 27th and 28th July 2023. The organisers have worked with its 30+ collaborators to offer a program with international and Australian experts, providing the most comprehensive program on community sport recreation and sports facilities in Australia, post-covid.

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Further information contact Martin Sheppard, at or (03) 9421 0133.

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