Victorian Sport Unites for Iftar Dinner


5 July, 2016

Sport has the rare capacity to be able to bring people together for a common interest, regardless of age, gender, race, or religion.  You do not have to be able to speak a certain language to be able to play, watch and appreciate sport in all its glory.

Vicsport, in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society, hosted the inaugural Victorian Sport Community Iftar Dinner on Monday 4 July,

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Ethical Decision Making: Are you asking the right questions?

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28 June, 2016

Ethical principles, culture, behaviours, risk management, pre-planning, and frameworks.  These were the topics up for discussion at the most recent Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) event – Ethical Decision Making: Are you asking the right questions? 

Supported by the State Government of Victoria, the event was attended by over 60 CEOs, Senior Managers, and Board Directors from across the industry who were there to explore how they can be prepared and equipped to deal with ethical issues in a mature,

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June 21, 2016

Queen’s Birthday Honours – with Graham ‘Smokey’ Dawson

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In light of Graham ‘Smokey’ Dawson being recognised as a member of the Order of Australia, we sat down with his to reflect on his career and the moments that shaped his career.


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Vicsport would like to congratulate the following recipients for their outstanding contributions to sport in Victoria:



  • For distinguished service to sports administration,
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June 21, 2016

Message from the CEO – June


This month, Mark McAllion, CEO, Vicsport speaks on the power of sport as a driver of social change and how it can spread messages of harmony and inclusion throughout communities.

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June 21, 2016

How far is too far? Catching Eating Disorders Early

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Evidence suggests that the earlier someone gets treatment and support, the better their chances for recovery, so it is important that people working in professional roles can identify warning signs and start conversations with people who might be struggling. In this context, Eating Disorders Victoria has been funded by the Victorian Government to develop a mobile site to facilitate early intervention for eating disorders.

How far is too far? is a simple website and campaign that explores some of the everyday behaviours and attitudes that can be early warning signs of something else going on.

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Club Training: Inspires New Thinking

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Leisure Networks assumed the role of Vicsport’s Preferred Supplier of Club Volunteer Education in August 2015. In that time over 500 workshop attendees have benefited from gaining new knowledge, shared ideas, and resources.

Workshops have been conducted across a broad range of topics including Future Planning, Finance for Treasurers, Your Clubs Future, Creating Sustainable Teams, Participation & Inclusion, Social Media 101 and Gender Equity – Respectful Relationships.

These workshops have been hosted across metropolitan Melbourne and the Barwon Region as requested by 8 different Local Government Authorities and 4 state sporting associations.

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Pathways to Participation: Engaging Older People in Physical Activity

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Victorian Active Ageing Partnership 2016 Research and Practice Forum

The Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) aims to increase opportunities for participation in physical activity for older Victorians, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage and among isolated, lonely, older people not currently involved in physical activity. MOVE muscle, bone & joint health* is coordinating the VAAP on behalf of the Victorian Government and in collaboration with Fitness Australia and Monash University.

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Child Safety Standards – new rules will soon apply to Victorian sports


From 1 January 2017, the Victorian Child Safety Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). There are seven different requirements which make up the standards, and with which sports will be required to comply.

The standards relate to child protection within your organisation and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place.  In the lead up to implementation,

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June 16, 2016

Partnership Marketplace


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The Partnership Marketplace which was held in conjunction with VicHealth gave over 30 State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and Regional Sport Assemblies (RSAs) the opportunity to pitch their Physical Activity, Healthy Choices and Water projects.  For SSAs, the pitches were used to explain what their product is, and why RSAs and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) should work with them.  For RSAs it was what showing the work they are doing in their area,

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May 26, 2016

Vicsport Open House: Co-Working Space #3


The third edition of the Vicsport ‘Open House’ provided another great opportunity for anyone working in the sport and active recreation industry to spend the day working alongside colleagues, collaborating, sharing ideas and meeting new people in a relaxed environment.

Thanks to Gymnastics Victoria’s Alison Lyons’ demonstration of ‘Move My Way‘, attendees of last weeks event left feeling energised with an arsenal of new, easy exercises they could do at home. 

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Bringing Victorian Sport Together
Vicsport CEO Forum

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11 and 12 May, 2016

Latrobe City was the host of this year’s Vicsport CEO Forum (formerly Retreat).  35 leaders from various State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and Regional Sport Assemblies (RSAs) descended upon Traralgon for the event, in its third year.  The Forum’s theme for 2016 was ‘Leading as the face of your organisation’.

Day 1

Session one was conducted by Ron Gauci, CEO of Federation Square, 

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La Trobe students ‘stand out’ through Vicsport

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Article and photos by Kris Neil, Media Intern, La Trobe Sport.

Vicsport offered students unique insights into the Victorian sport industry through its event ‘Standing Out From The Crowd’ at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus on Monday.

The presentation provided La Trobe third-year sports management students the chance to hear from a panel of four knowledgeable speakers from the Vicsport Professional Network (VPN).

Students were first given four 10-minute lectures from Alexis Carydis (National Pathway Coordinator,

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, is my business the most beautiful of all?

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Matt Arthur

CEO, Surface Digital

When it comes to growing your membership base, you have to be a bit like the wicked Queen in Sleeping Beauty.  You have to get your business to take a hard look in the mirror and maybe get some news you don’t want to hear.

Sometimes we get so wound up in all our key performance indicators and jargon that we forget the basics.  

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May 23, 2016

Play Sport Australia – Stick With It

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Play Sport Australia have released a series of videos with two of Australia’s leading sporting captains, netball’s Laura Geitz and rugby union’s Stephen Moore, who urge teenagers to keep playing sport rather than dropout.

Laura Geitz, Captain of the Australian national Netball team, the Diamonds


Stephen Moore, Captain of the Australian national Rugby Union team, the Wallabies

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Students Standing Out From The Crowd

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Hosted by our preferred supplier for education La Trobe University, the latest Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) event had over 60 students listening intently, as a panel of industry professionals gave them the inside scoop on what they need to do to stand out from the hundreds of applicants they will be up against.


Alexis Carydis, National Pathway Coordinator at Netball Australia, kicked off the session with her presentation on the transition from university to work.  

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Asia-Pacific Sports Analytics Conference
VPN members save $125

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The 2016 Asia-Pacific Sports Analytics Conference (SAC) will take place on 22 July, 2016 at NAB Docklands, Melbourne.

The conference is the premier forum for industry professionals and executives interested in the role of data and analytics in the Australian and global sports industry.  Join 500 plus attendees from across fields of sports, analytics, marketing and more.

For more information please visit

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Vicsport submissions to Government Consultations

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As the peak body for sport in Victoria, one of Vicsport’s roles is responding, and providing feedback to government papers and initiatives, ensuring they are best representing the interests of the Sport and Active Recreation sector.

Please find below three submissions that Vicsport has developed in recent weeks in response to various Government consultations;

  1. Infrastructure Victoria 30 Year Strategy
  1. Gender Equality Strategy consultation
  1. Creating Child Safe Organisations consultation

If you have any questions please contact Mark McAllion.

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April 26, 2016

Victorian Athletes Qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics


The list is starting to take shape for athletes who will be heading to Rio.  Below is a list of all the Victorians who will not only be representing Australia, but will also be hoping to make their home state proud.

We wish all these athletes the very best at the upcoming Olympics, and hope they are able to bring home the gold!

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First Name Last Name State Sport Event Josh Beaver VIC Swimming 200 m Backstroke Men Damien Birkinhead VIC Athletics Shot Put Men Melissa Duncan VIC Athletics 1500m Women Chris Erickson VIC Athletics 50km Walk –
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April 26, 2016

Open House: Co-Working Space #3


The third edition of Open House: Co-Working Space left participants feeling energised, with an arsenal of new, easy exercises that they can do at home thanks to Gymnastics Victoria’s Alison Lyons demonstration of ‘Move My Way‘.

Other highlights from the day included Virginia Affleck’s presentation on North Melbourne Football Club’s ‘The Huddle’ program.  Affleck gave attendees a detailed look at the amazing work of the program and the things they have been able to achieve within communities.  

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VPN Discount Code for the 2016 Asia-Pacific Sports Analytics Conference – Save $125!

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April 22, 2016

How can an insurance broker help you?

You use an accountant to give you tax advice. You use a solicitor to give you legal advice. So it makes sense to use an insurance broker to give you insurance advice.

An insurance broker is skilled in knowing the right questions to ask to find out the risks you have, and then ‘broking the insurance market’ to negotiate with insurers on your behalf to find the best deal for you that gives you exactly the right cover you need at the best price.

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What Legacy Will You Leave?


“People may forget what you did but they won’t forget how you made them feel” was one of the thought provoking comments heard by over 50 Senior Industry Professionals at the “What Legacy Will You Leave?” Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) event held on Wednesday 6 April at the HQ of Preferred Supplier, Lander and Rogers.

There was plenty of buzz amongst the guests as they networked prior to the commencement of the presentations by Synergy Global’s Paul Vardy,

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March 22, 2016

Local Club, Global Reach


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March 10, 2016

Advantage, Tennis


The 2015 Victorian Sport Awards, held at the MCG on 9 March, 2016 was a huge success, with the big winner on the night being tennis.  Tennis took home a total of four awards out of the possible fourteen.

The most notable was Dylan Alcott OAM, wheelchair athlete and inspirational speaker who shared the honours with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.  Alcott also entertained those in attendance with an inspirational and colourful presentation.  

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March 9, 2016

Sportsperson of the Year – Governor’s Award


We are delighted to announce that that the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year Award will be shared.  Congratulations to Dylan Alcott OAM (tennis) and Michelle Payne (horse racing) for taking out the honours.  The two recipients could not be separated by the voting panel and as such were both be named Sportsperson of the Year.

Dylan Alcott’s remarkable year saw him take home 12 titles in total including two majors, the Australian Open Wheelchair Quad Singles and the US Open Wheelchair Quad Singles.  

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The Kitty McEwan Female Athlete of the Year Award presented by the State Government of Victoria


After captaining her side to Ashes victory in 2015, Meg Lanning has been named the 2015 Kitty McEwan Female Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations to Southern Stars captain, Meg Lanning who beat fierce competition to be named the Victorian Female Athlete of the Year. Lanning was a critical element of the Southern Stars Ashes victory over England.  Playing a pivotal role with the bat and in the field, Lanning helped bring the Ashes back to Australia for the first time since 2001.  

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March 9, 2016

Victorian Sport Awards Male Athlete of the Year – Frank Wilkes Award: Andrew Bogut


Congratulations to Andrew Bogut on being awarded the Frank Wilkes award for the Victorian Male Athlete of the Year.

In an impressive 2015, Bogut anchored the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Golden State Warriors’ defence all year, as well as being an extremely important piece to the Warriors’ offence.  His contributions helped his team a league best 67 wins, seven more than the next best team.  He and the Warriors carried this success into the playoffs where they would eventually defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win to their first championship since 1975.  

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Sports Administrator of the Year presented by VicHealth


Congratulations to Matthew Kennedy who has been voted the Victorian Sports Administrator of the Year.  For the first time ever, this award has been decided by the Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) who voted on the award.  Kennedy, CEO of Tennis Victoria has had an extremely successful 2015 overseeing a vast array of achievements.

Kennedy and Tennis Victoria made the following achievements in 2015:

  • An increase in registered participants by 49% as a result of the new affiliation model that he was instrumental in implementing.
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The Victorian Team of the Year Brought to you by BLK


The 2015 Victorian Team of the Year has been awarded to the Victorian Fury who compete in the Australian Netball League.  The Fury finished the 2015 regular season with seven wins and zero losses.  They would carry that form into the finals, where they defeated the Queensland Fusion 62-37 which secured their spot in the Grand Final.  The grand final was decided by 12 goals, with the Fury defeating the Southern Force 58 – 46.

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Victorian Official of the Year presented by Three’s a Crowd

The winner of 2015 Official of the Year has been awarded to Thomas Sweeney from Tennis.  Thomas had a remarkable 2015, umpiring numerous major events and tournaments across the globe.









Highlights from 2015 include:

  • Australian Open Final – Women’s Doubles Chair Umpire
  • Selection to 2016 Rio Olympics,
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The Victorian Coach of the Year presented Sportscover

After a historical 2015, Socceroos head coach, Ange Postecoglou has been awarded the Victorian Sport Awards coach of the year.

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In 2015, Australia hosted the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, where the Socceroos flourished on the home turf only losing one match for the whole tournament.  Led by Postecoglou the Socceroos would finish the group stages with a record of two wins and one loss.  

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Victorian Sport Media Award present by La Trobe University

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Congratulations to ABC program Four Corners on receiving the Sport Media Award.

This award is in recognition for the expose Making a Killing.  This chilling investigation reveals widespread cheating and illegality across the country, and throws into question the validity of thousands of greyhound races and millions of dollars.

“Putting together animals, gambling and prize purses is a toxic mix. It’s capable of turning men into monsters”

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March 9, 2016

Sport Development Initiative Award (Local Government) presented by Arthur J. Gallagher

Maribyrnong City Council have been awarded the 2015 Sport Development Initiative Award (Local Government Member) for their Sponsorship Assistance Program.

The Sponsorship Assistance Program is a joint initiative between the Maribyrnong City Council (MCC) and Victoria University (VU).  The program involves second-year students from the VU Sport Management Program to collaborate with managers from local sport and active recreation clubs to identify sponsorship needs, design sponsorship proposals based on these needs and present it to the Committee of the club for implementation.

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March 9, 2016

Masters Sport Award

Glenn Busby has been awarded the 2015 Masters Sport Award.

Glenn has finished December 2015 as the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world for singles aged 55+ with an outstanding record of 23 wins and 1 loss for the current year for singles performances in ITF Seniors events, with the highlight being him winning the World Singles Championship in France in June.

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Other tournament titles won during 2015 include;

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March 9, 2016

Victorian Junior Team of the Year presented by Sports Accounting Australia

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The Calisthenics Victoria Inc (CVI) Junior State Team have been awarded the 2015 Junior Team of the Year.

The CVI Junior State Team competed in six items at the 2015 national championships and won every item winning the Junior Championships.  They were the most successful State Team Victoria has every seen in the 27 years of the competition.

The team showed great commitment to their sport in 2015 as seen with their results at the national level.

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March 9, 2016

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award Award


Congratulations to Nicole Livingstone OAM who has received the Outstanding Contributions to Sport Award for her years of service to sport here in Victoria and Australia.

Three time Olympian, Livingstone was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award for her work not only as an athlete but as a presenter and sports commentator.  Livingstone holds the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer in history at the national titles, winning 10 consecutive 100m backstroke titles (1987-96).

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March 9, 2016

Healthy Choices Program Coordinator

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  • Support to State Sporting Organisations and the Regional Sports Assemblies
  • Guiding and supporting the implementation of Healthy Choices and Water projects supported by VicHealth

Flexible work arrangements available
Part-time (0.6), contract position to June 30

Vicsport are proud to partner with VicHealth to support sport through the State Sport Program (SSP) and Regional Sport Program (RSP) in the area of Healthy Choices.  The Program is designed to develop initiatives for participants and patrons to make healthier eating and drinking choices in sporting environments with the key framework of making the healthy choice the easy choice in community sport.  

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Sport Development Initiative Award (Full & Associate Member) presented by Southern Cross Trophies

Congratulations to Basketball Victoria for winning the 2015 Sport Development Initiative Award (Full & Associate Member) for their involvement in the South Sudanese Australian Summer Slam.  The event is an annual basketball tournament organised by the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association (SSANBA) that sees over 45 teams from across Australian compete across five divisions.  The event hosted in Frankston is one of the largest gatherings of South Sudanese Australians in the country, welcoming 48 teams and over 500 players from Perth,

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February 26, 2016

Junior Athlete of the Year presented by My Sport Live


Isis Holt has been awarded the 2015 Junior Athlete of the Year for her performances in athletics.  Holt is a cerebral palsy Paralympic athlete who competes in T35 sprint events.  In 2015, she held world records Women’s 100m T35 (13.63 sec) and Women’s 200m T35 (29.46 sec).  Holt was also awarded Athletics Victoria Outstanding Junior Para Athlete Performance of the 2014/15 Season.

At the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships,

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February 24, 2016

The Victorian Sport Awards


Hear from Graham ‘Smokey’ Dawson about all the exciting action you will see at the 2015 Victorian Sport Awards:



Get your tickets here.  But be quick, ticket sales close this Friday!
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February 24, 2016

Sportsview: Message from the CEO
February Edition

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February 24, 2016

Funding Grants For Women In Sport & Recreation



In 2016 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the sport and recreation sectors.

From February 10th 2016 the initiative will provide women in the sport and recreation sectors with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the sport and recreation sectors at two levels.


Please click on the preferred program link for details. 

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February 23, 2016

Roller Derby Changed My Life

Skate Victoria is the state recognised body for roller/inline sports in Victoria.  Skate Victoria offers Australia wide affiliation for roller sports clubs including inline hockey, roller hockey, inline speed skating and the full contact sport known as roller derby.

Roller derby is a relatively new sport in terms of the more traditional roller sports and indeed mainstream sports more broadly.  The term “roller derby” dates to the 1920s, originally used to describe roller skate races.  

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February 23, 2016


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We’d love to invite you to BLK Sport – Australia’s Best Team-wear Brand.

In continuing our Gold level Victorian Sport Award sponsorship and Vicsport Preferred Supplier status for all things apparel, we hope to strengthen our growing footprint in Victoria.  We already have great partnership and programs that enable us to bring great apparel to the wider sporting community, including having local partnerships with the Victoria Amateur Football Association, Richmond and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs,

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Inside The VPN – With Tom Madden

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Tom Madden

VPN Membership:

Industry Professional

How many year have you been in the sport industry?

As an employee = 1.5, As a volunteer = 9 years

Current organisation/s:

Water Polo Victoria

Job title:

Sport Development Officer

How long have you been in this position?

1.5 years

What project are you currently working on?

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February 9, 2016

Tickets now on sale for the 2015 Victorian Sport Awards!

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Join us to celebrate and recognise all the amazing achievements in Victorian sport during the 2015 year.

The Awards night is a great opportunity to catch up with old colleagues or meet new ones – and of course rub shoulders with some of the sporting legends!

Almost 400 people gather to witness the presentation of 14 awards to deserving recipients from across multiple sports, levels and roles.

It is the sporting night of nights for Victoria which has seen the likes of Bill Lawrie,

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February 2, 2016

La Trobe Scholarships open for semester two 2016


In recognition of the on-going collaborative efforts between the two organisations, La Trobe Business School is pleased to continue their commitment towards supporting industry professional development through our industry scholarship program.

This semester La Trobe University will be offering Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) members two scholarships for admission into the MBA program and two scholarships for admission into any one of our Masters by coursework programs.

A key objective of La Trobe Business School is to develop education and training partnerships with significant professional associations in the market place.  

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February 1, 2016

The Largest Junior Basketball Tournament in the World


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With Australia Day done and dusted, the World’s Largest Junior Basketball Tournament: The Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament has wrapped up after a massive weekend of Basketball.  The tournament attracts teams from across Australia, with every state and territory represented by teams or individuals.

The tournament which is in its 42 year continues to show extraordinary growth, with 1,307 teams and 12,500 players in 2016! 

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January 29, 2016

Water Polo Taking ‘Pride’ in the LGBTI Community

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29 January, 2016

On Friday 5th February 2016 the National Water Polo League (NWPL) will host the inaugural Pride Cup.  This event aims to promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport and will showcase women’s and men’s elite water polo games between the Victorian Seals and the Brisbane based KFC Queensland Breakers, as well as LGBTI clubs Melbourne Surge and the Sydney Stingers, in what is being touted the ‘Grudge Match’.  The NWPL will become the first national competition to host a Pride Cup in it’s main season,

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Active Networking Serves Another Ace


29 January, 2016

We had hoped for a sun-shiny day for our second in our series of Vicsport Active Networking events but all to no avail… An enthusiastic group of Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) members still braved the wet weather for the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Australian Open.  The tour took participants behind the scenes of Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena where they were treated to some sneak peaks and amazing facts about the tournament and the venue.

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January 28, 2016

Vicsport Open House – Changing the way the sport industry collaborates


28 January, 2016

Vicsport’s 2016 Forward Thinking Series commenced on Thursday 28 January with the inaugural Open House: Co-Working Space.  Sports administrators from across the industry came together with the opportunity to collaborate, share ideas with their peers, and attend lightning talks.

Attendees were treated to lightning talks from Tavis Vallance (VicHealth), Jamin Heppell and Rhianwen Seiter (Back 2 School Fitness), and Isaac Jeffries (The Difference Incubator) to assist them with their Innovation Challenge ideas.

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December 16, 2015

VicHealth’s Innovation Challenge returns in January 2016


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December 16, 2015

VicHealth Changing the Game


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December 16, 2015

My Sport Live can help your sport grow

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It has been a busy year for My Sport Live in 2015.

Andrew Weiss had this to say on My Sport Live’s busy year and growth: “This year we have been able to broadcast around 70 events and help a range of sports, sporting organisations, events and event organisers to promote and expose their product.

It has been incredibly fulfilling to watch the business itself grow significantly while still remaining true to our core existence – to understand and service a need within the sporting industry and community.

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December 16, 2015

CareMonkey making it easy to look after your members

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With summer in full swing, Vicsport is well aware of the serious heat related injuries that often occur during practice and competitions.

Participants who suffered from heatstroke can often faint, leaving coaches with limited information as to how to respond to the emergency. Furthermore, recovery needs to be well managed in order for participants to regain their health for the rest of the season.

Vicsport’s preferred supplier, CareMonkey, helps sporting clubs around Australia to manage participants’ medical and emergency details,

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December 16, 2015

Gymnastics Victoria – the benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability


This video from Gymnastics Victoria demonstrates both the benefits of gymnastics and the substantial growth Gymnastics Victoria has had in participants with a disability.  This terrific video shows the importance sport and physical activity can play in maintaining healthy and happy bodies and minds.

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December 16, 2015

Government Initiatives

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The following Government initiatives, which have implications for Vicsport members, have recently been announced;

1.    Victorian Government Department of Justice & Regulation Working with Children Regulations 2016
An opportunity to comment on the proposed statutory rules before they are finalised is available see the following link

Vicsport will review the proposed rules and consider a response.  Vicsport Members are encouraged to provide specific comment on behalf of their own organisations if they wish or provide information for consideration by Vicsport via email to by 13 January 2016.

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December 2, 2015

Active Networking: Scoring its first goal!

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2 December, 2015

The bright and early morning of Wednesday 2 December saw the launch of the first of a series of Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) Active Networking events!  Football Federation Victoria kicked off this session in Princes Park, Carlton, by showcasing their Fit Football and Summer Sevens (including the first ever Summer Eights!) program.

The enthusiastic group of participants were firstly taken through their paces with Fit Football, starting with a light warm up,

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