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Drew Morphett OAM interviews successful major sporting event organisers as well as players, coaches and administrators at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Innovation Centre.

Date TBA

at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Innovation Centre

The day’s line-up includes:

  • Sunshine Coast Mayor Cr Mark Jamieson,
  • Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy,
  • Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer,
  • Australian Swimmers Association General Manager Daniel Kowalski,
  • Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence Associate Coach (Mens) Adam Caporn and more.
  • Special guest Sunshine Coast Lightning head coach Noeline Taurua


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Conference Program
7.30am Registration

Welcome to Country

Lyndon Davis


Welcome and opening address

Mayor Mark Jamieson and Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill


Panel Session 1

Opportunities and Challenges: facilities and infrastructure provision for high-performance sports
Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, Netball Australia
Matt Carroll AM, Chief Executive Officer Australian Sailing


Morning tea


Panel Session 2

Supporting Athletes: health, lifestyle, peak and post-peak performance
Daniel Kowalski, General Manager Australian Swimmers Association
Associate Professor Fiona Pelly Nutrition and Dietetics
Annelise Jeffries, Australian Elite Triathlete




Panel Session 3

Partnerships and Collaboration: Business end of sports – the ins and outs of organising major events
Dave Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Storm
Adam Caporn, Associate Coach Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence
Rachel Smith
Dr Gayle Mayes, Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure and Events Management, and Sports Marketing


Special Guest and Closing Keynote

Special Guest - Noeline Taurua, Sunshine Coast Lightning head coach
Closing Keynote - Drew Morphett OAM, Australian sports broadcaster

3.30pm Networking Drinks
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