Brendan Powell - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Brendan Powell

Brendan Powell, BEd., MBA, is the co-owner and Director, Business Operations of Queensland Oztag, a social, non-contact sport that can be played from ages six to 60. Brendan's passion for participatory sport is exemplary. Brendan has spearheaded an increase in Queensland Oztag venues. Since 2009, Oztag locations have grown from seven to 44, and the number of players increased from 4,500 to over 30,000. Oztag is one of the most popular junior sports on the Sunshine Coast; this year there are almost 2,500 players in the Maroochydore and Caloundra clubs.

Brendan has written and developed a number of community based programs including the Mooroo-Mooroo Indigenous program, which is a free program to improve the physical and mental health of Indigenous communities through participation in sport. To date, participation in Far North Queensland and South East Queensland exceeds 11,000 people. Brendan has also implemented a Correctional Services program that was successfully piloted in 2012 with 80 inmates participating at Woodford Prison. In 2009, Brendan implemented Oztag as a sporting initiative for Queensland primary schools.

Brendan's dedication and commitment to Indigenous education is also exemplified by membership on various committees including; Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network Group, Wanna Be Deadly Program and guest speaker to primary school and international education students on exchange from the State University of New York. Brendan graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from USC in 2006.