This media release is courtesy of NSC. 

There is only one week to go before the first sessions of the 2021 National Sports & Physical Activity Convention begin. Starting Thursday 11th November with the first of four live streamed Keynote Sessions at 9.00am AEDT will be the theme of A Bold Agenda for Managing Sport, followed by the release of seven on-demand sessions at 10.30am AEDT. There is still time to register for this comprehensive program. On-Demand sessions released next week include:

How Can Australian Sport Efficiently and Effectively Work Within and Leverage the Federal System?
In what is expected to be a highlight keynote discussion of the whole NSC21, we have brought together five industry heavyweights to explore and share insights about the future of sport and governance in Australia.

Andrew Larratt opens the session and draws parallels with the Australian National and State political systems to set the scene comparison with the Federated sports model, why it is different and what we need to explore for the future. A really compelling, objective and rational premise to start the panel conversation.

The Panel Discussion, featuring current and past NSO CEO’s and Chairs debate Larratt’s premise and share insights in a pragmatic, open, honest and constructive manner. With the advice and independence of Iain Roy, Chief Executive Officer of Sports Integrity and Governance Partners, this session is a must for every sports Board Member, State and National Sports Leader. The panel consists of:

Marne Fechner, Chief Executive Officer, AusCycling
Ned Coten, Past President, Basketball Australia
Leigh Russell, Program Director, Champions of Change Coalition and past CEO of Swimming Australia & Netball Victoria
Iain Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Sports Integrity & Governance Partners

What Will Sport Look Like in 2032
Chair: Sam Lane

Dr Sheila Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sports Environment Alliance
Alex Mednis, Chief Executive Officer, revolutioniseSPORT
Dr Paul Oliver, GM Government & Stakeholder Engagement, Paralympics Australia

Mental Health and Wellbeing Paradigm Shifts Sports’ External Focus to Internal
Chair: Peter Burns, Alignment and Movement Strategist

Mary Spillane, Mental Health Lead/ Clinical Psychologist, Australian Institute of Sport
Dave Burt, Founder, SALT: Sport and Life Training
Ben Farinazzo, Ambassador
Anika Scott (nee Lalic), Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Lead (GWS Giants Netball), Netball Australia

Empowering and Retaining Future Leaders
Chair: Prof Clare Hanlon, Victoria University

Mark Maybury, Group Manager, People and Culture, Belgravia Leisure
Marijke Fotia, Regional Programs Manager, Volunteer West
Sarah Styles, Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Global Technology Innovation to Drive a Resurgent Sport Industry
Chair: Ned Coten

Kristina Denney, Solution Specialist – Enterprise Business Applications, Microsoft (USA)
Michael Boisvert, Director, Ticket Strategy & Analytics, LA Clippers (USA)

The Preventive Health and Wellbeing Agenda for Children
Chair: Pierre Comis, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Australia

Robyn Monro Miller, President, International Play Association
Associate Professor Lisa Barnett, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
Scott Mackenzie, Play Lead, Sport New Zealand

The full program can be viewed at