Sport SA is pleased to announce it has appointed Ms Leah Cassidy as its new Chief Executive Officer.
With a 23-year career in sport and recreation, education management and human services – in Australia, Hong Kong and Turkey – Ms Cassidy has the skills and experience needed for Sport SA to prosper as South Australia’s leading sporting umbrella organisation.
Announcing the appointment, Sport SA President, Hon. Mr Michael Wright, also thanked Interim CEO, Jane Russo, for her hard work and dedication over the past few months.
Ms Cassidy, who will start her new role on 27 August, has considerable experience in developing effective networks across both the government and non-government sectors – a key factor in her new role.
"As someone whose life has been shaped by my involvement in sport, I am extremely excited by the opportunity to work with our member organisations to get results that will benefit people across South Australia," Ms Cassidy said.
"In particular I welcome the opportunity to work with all parties to meet the challenges and explore the opportunities that the new National Sports Plan brings to South Australia."
Ms Cassidy has been on the Board of the Sammy D Foundation for the past two years.
Sport SA Secures 35 Funded Traineeships
Sport SA has secured 35 funded traineeships following the release of the South Australian government's subsidised training places in sport and recreation under the Skilling South Australia initiative. Investing in a trainee can help grow your business and keep young people in South Australia.
Nominee for Coach of the Year in the South Australian Sports Awards this year Tony Bamford completed a traineeship in the mid-1990 and hasn't looked back. His stellar career includes working in SANFL for more than 17 years, most recently producing a raft of first round draft picks for the AFL 2019 season. He believes the traineeship set him up for a career pursuing his life-long passion.
Sport SA is working on innovative ways of delivering traineeships in partnership with our member organisations including placements where trainees can gain experience in a variety of settings, providing service to a range of clubs who may not have the work load for a full-time trainee, but where a part-time trainee might be of benefit.
Any organisation involved in sport and recreation can apply to have a trainee - this includes schools, gyms, sporting clubs and many other associations. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply.
Trainees must be enrolled with Sport SA before 14 June 2019 to be eligible for a funded position and places are now open.
IOC Feature Aussie Legend Marjorie Jackson-Nelson in New Series
13/9/2018, taken from Australian Olympic Committee website
AOC: The Olympic Channel has launched their new animated short series ‘Words of Olympians’ with the first episode featuring none other than legendary Australian Olympian, ‘the Lithgow Flash’, The Hon Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE.
The IOC said the aim of the short series is to “bring to life some of the biggest moments in Olympic history, using only interviews with the Olympians themselves.”
To view the pilot episode, please [click here].
From the CEO:
It has been a busy week of settling into the new role, I am very excited by the possibilities that this exciting and challenging position brings.
Fundamentally I know that the power of this organisation is in its collective power. We are a community of like-minded organisations who’s individual sports and associations may have different names but ultimately we are united in our goals to improve participation, performance and our industry as a whole.
My role and our role at Sport SA is to support you in achieving this as your industry peak body. We can do this much better if we work together to understand the challenges and barriers that you may be facing and to collectively celebrate the successes along the way.
I have circulated a discussion paper on the National Sports Plan via email and now invite our members and partners to engage in a conversation about the opportunities and challenges that the plan brings to the South Australian sports landscape. To gauge the interest in the coversation I ask that you register your Expression of Interest at the link below to allow us to plan a suitable venue.
Register your EOI - [click here]
Thank you to those members who reached out following my earlier email communication to arrange a face-to-face meeting time. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks.