National Sports Convention

July 19, 2017 – July 21, 2017 all-day
Albert Park, Melbourne

July 19-21 National Sports Convention, Melbourne


National Sports Convention
Keynote Speakers Launch Program

The National Sports Convention is pleased to launch the 2017 program with more than 50 global, Australian and New Zealand speakers confirmed. With a strong focus on building grass roots participation, this conference is a must for sport, government and the education sectors that want to understand how to grow participation in local communities and what facilities are needed for the future.

The strength of the National Sports Convention 2017 is that the quality of the keynote speakers reflect success and innovation globally, including:

Jennie Price
Chief Executive – Sport England

England: Growing Participation in Local Settings

Kate Palmer
Chief Executive Officer – Australian Sports Commission

Australia: Reimagining Sports Policy to Position Australia as the World’s Most Successful Sporting Nation

Cathy Jo Noble
Executive Director – Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Canada: A Framework for Recreation

Moya Dodd
Executive Committee Member – Asian Football Confederation (AFC); Chair, Women’s Football Committee – AFC and Board Member – Football Federation Australia

Asia: Understanding Cultural Differences to Grow Participation

Peter Miskimmin
Chief Executive Officer – Sport New Zealand

New Zealand: Locally Led Planning and Delivery

Jerril Rechter
Chief Executive Officer – VicHealth

Innovative Approaches to Building Healthier Communities within Victoria

Rob McGee
Head of Active Recreation for the Parks Sport and Recreation Department – Auckland Council

New Zealand: Customer Insights Driving Community Participation

Kay Thomson
Strategic Policy Lead – Sport New Zealand

Value Proposition Planning

Nigel Brown
Sport, Leisure and Facilities Manager – Logan City Council (Qld)

A Strategy to Activate our Community

In addition on Friday afternoon, leading policy makers will join key speakers, for an open and frank Q&A Session on how Australia can grow participation. Joining the Panel will be Ned Coten, Chairman of Basketball Australia; Jason Linnane, General Manager of Singleton Council; Glen McGoldrick, CEO of SportsTG, Dr Andi Diamond, CEO of City of Monash as well as Jennie Price, Kate Palmer and Jerril Rechter.

“VicHealth is proud to be a key collaborator of the National Sports Convention 2017, an event which brings together the government, sport, education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors to share ideas and learn from global experts.

Our goal is to help one million more Victorians improve their health and wellbeing by 2023, with 300,000 of them being more physically active.

The NSC is a great opportunity to work together to help all Australians become more active.”

Jerril Rechter, Chief Executive Officer – VicHealth

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