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Sport Speaks, April 2019

View the April 2019 edition of Sport Speaks Online.  Articles featured include:

  • From the CEO
  • Warning: Thieves Target Sporting Clubs and Associations
  • CEO Roundtable
  • ASPA 2019 Adelaide Event
  • Board Diversity - podcast now available
  • Welcome New Members: Agility Dog Club of SA (Inc)
  • SA Sports Radio & TV Network
  • Plus more from our members and stakeholders [Read More]



2019 Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference

IDS19 is here, the conference of choice for sport administrators.

This year, engage with emcee Shelley Ware and keynote speakers Kate Palmer & Dr Bridie O'Donnell as they discussion the 'inclusion' path so ar and look ahead to Sport as one of the key social equity change agent that drives a healthy and active nation.

They will discuss relationships between club sport, state bodies, education & government departments as the influence leaders in community beahviours to truly 'widen' our club doors.  Read More



ASPA 2019 Adelaide Event

Sport SA is partnering with SportsGrid to launch the Australian Sports Professionals Association with the first Adelaide event on Tuesday 2nd April at Sport SA.

Some of the key focus areas of ASPA include networking for all individuals, encouraging collaboration, mentoring, professional development, reward and recognition to those helping drive innovation and best practice

Everyone who supports the first event in each state will be given complimentary annual membership to ASPA.



South Aussies Dominate in Poland

5/3/2019, taken from

South Australian Alexandra Manly claimed her second rainbow jersey of the 2019 World Championships with a victory in the 100 lap Points race.

Manly joined Annette Edmondson (SA) to win the team pursuit title, while Stephanie Morton (SA) claimed her third consecutive World Championship sprint silver medal.  Matthew Glaetzer (SA) rounded off his busy and successful racing schedule to finish fourth in the Sprint and Keirin.

Finishing second place overall, Australia tied with the Netherlands for the most gold medals with six.  Read more



Athletics SA Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

After an extensive recruitment procees Athletics South Australia (SA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Fuller as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Shane has a strong background in senior executive roles with extensive experience in management, marketing and international business.  He has held leadership positions in high profile sports organisations, manufacturing and financial services.  Read more



Tiny Trainers Motivating Australians to Get Active

25/2/2019, taken from

Sport Australia has launched the second phase of 'Move It AUS', its behaviour change campaign encouraging Australian adults to "Find Your 30" minutes of heartrate-rasing activity everyday and children to find 60 minutes a day.

From simple activities that slot right into your regular routine, to family activities and discovering new sports, finding your 30 is ultimately about adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle - a lifestyle that has long-term health benefits for the whole family.  Sign up for six weeks of challenges.  Read more



Media Release: Sport SA Welcomes New Board Members


Sport SA has appointed Mr David Basheer and Professor Magda Nenycz-Thiel to the Sport SA Board.  David and Magdalena join the board at a time of renewal, growth and increased investment in member supports and services.  Read More



Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement and Toolkit Released

taken from

Concussion in Sport Australia brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information on concussion for athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and medical practitioners.  It provides a valuable and trusted resource for the management of sports-related concussion for all Australians, regardless of the sport, location or level of participation.  It is an initiative of the: Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Medical Association, Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sports Medicine Australia.  Read more



National Sports Raffle to Aid Fundraising for Grassroots Sports and Charities

15/2/2019, taken from Australian Leisure Management 

Not-for-profit raffle Play for Purpose has launched across Australia, already fundraising for more than 150 grassroots sports clubs and charities.

Play for Purpose is an online raffle for sports clubs and charities designed to create a highly efficient platform to raise funds for their cause.  50% of every ticket sold goes directly to the supporters sports club or charity of choice, with $500,000 worth of prizes on offer.  Read more



National First for SA Female Umpiring Duo

12/2/2019 taken from SACA website

Eloise Sheridan and Mary Waldron are set to become the first all-female on-field umpiring team to officiate a Men’s First Grade Premier Cricket match in Australia.

The two-day match, beginning this Saturday, will see the duo make history in what is a groundbreaking achievement. Read more



Grants Programs Now Open

  • Active Club Program (Program and Equipment, Facility upgrades)
  • Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (Major and Minor Facility Development)

For more information, including closing dates, eligibility requirements, guidelines, information sessions and a link to the Smarty Grants online application form, please Read more



Gold Entry Period - Now Open

Register for the 17th Australian Masters Games during the Gold entry period, between 12 February and 1 May to receive:

  • A discounted entry Games fee of $110* (*plus your sport fee);
  • Priority access at the Games accreditation centre;
  • A special Gold accreditation pass and
  • A commemorative 17th Australian Masters Games pin (not available in the merchandise line)

A Games entry fee is only paid once, so why not sign up for more than one sport?  Check out what's on offer.  Read more



Revamped Memorial Drive to Host International Tennis in 2020

2/2/2019 taken from Tennis SA website

Adelaide will host some of the world's best tennis stars in 2020 with a new week-long ATP and WTA combined tennis tournament set to take place at Memorial Drive.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and Tennis SA President Kent Thiele and CEO Steven Baldas were joined by SA Premier Steven Marshall and SA Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Corey Wingard MP for the announcement today.  Read more



Expression of Interest: Lease/ Licence of Community Sporting Infrastructure in Carriage Way Park/ Tuthangga (Park 17)

The call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) has been triggered by the expiration of the current leasing arrangements in this park.  It is a requirement of the Adelaide Park Lands Leasing and Licensing Policy and Guidelines that an EOI process be undertaken before the consideration of any new tenure (lease or license) and/ or building project in the Park Lands that would affect the long-term use of the Park.

The call for EOIs is now open and will close at 5pm Friday, 22 February 2019.  Read more



Let's Stop Calling It Women's Sport, by Kate Palmer, CEO Sport Australia

7/2/2019 taken from the Sport Australia website

It's time to rewrite the language of Australian sport.  We need to drop the unnecessary, divisive labels, and erase the gender bias that has become accepted and ingrained.

There is no longer a place for the sub-category known as "women's sport".  There is just sport.  It belongs to all.  It's what everyone plays.  Read more



Media Release: Better protection for children through new screening laws to come into effect from July 1, Minister for Human Services, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC

New stronger, nationally consistent screening laws for people wanting to work or volunteer with children in South Australia are set to come into effect from July 1 2019.

The new Working With Children Check (WWCC) means that anyone working with children will require a check by law.  The checks will be valid for five years, will be transferable between jobs and will align South Australia with new national standards.  [Read More].



New Partnership to Establish SA Sport TV Network

Sport SA are teaming up with Adelaide-based sports media organisation Piranha Media in 2019 as they establish a new SA Sport TV Network to showcase sport purely in South Australia.

The concept is simple and accessible to sporting associations. Piranha Media is offering training and access to fully equipped TV studios at Hendon (the old SA Film Corp building) and Magill (at UniSA), where clubs and organisations can host their own TV programs to showcase their clubs, games and players.  Read More


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.

Call Daniel Longstaff at Sport SA on 8353 7755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

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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.

Leah Cassidy.