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This year the Peel Sports Forum event has grown to become a series held over two days, with additional workshops earlier in the week. This exciting series will allow you to network with others from the industry and will give you the opportunity to learn more about funding and grants, supporting wellbeing in your club and much more! Former Senior Coach at the Fremantle Dockers AFLW and current Assistant Coach at the West Coast Eagles AFLW Michelle Cowan is our guest speaker for the Peel Sports Forum. Sports journalist and commentator Mark Readings is MC and panel facilitator.

View the programs below and read on to learn more about the speakers and the information they will be presenting.

Peel Sports Forum, Friday 27 March 2020

Michelle Cowan

Michelle Cowan, Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker is former Senior Coach at the Fremantle Dockers AFLW and Melbourne Women’s Team, 2013 AFL Football Woman of the Year and current Assistant Coach at the West Coast Eagles AFLW.  Michelle will share her personal story of perseverance and passion.

Combining her two passions of being a mother and AFL coach, Michelle Cowan’s amazing story is a tribute to what all of us can achieve with enough guts, grit and determination. With over 18 years of coaching experience in the WAFL, AFL and AFLW a long and successful career that has contributed to the games exciting evolution.

Her coaching roles at West Perth Football Club and South Fremantle Football Club were followed by a dual role at Melbourne Football Club as the Senior Coach of their Women’s Team and Development Coach for the Men’s team.  Michelle was then appointed by Fremantle Football Club to be the inaugural coach of their AFLW side from 2016-2018 and is currently Assistant Coach for West Coast Eagles AFLW.  Michelle was awarded the 2013 AFL Football Woman of the Year. 

Her achievements have made it clear that gender is no barrier to kicking goals.  Michelle is a passionate speaker who combines her experiences and humour for an inspiring and entertaining presentation that will motivate and entertain the audience.
Mark Readings

Mark Readings, MC
Sports Presenter

Mark Readings is again our host for the 2020 Peel Sports Forum.  He’s an experienced journalist and TV presenter at Channel Seven Perth, having worked in the industry for more than 28 years. 

Mark has reported on a host of sports spanning from AFL games and Grand Finals, Ashes Test matches, the Sydney Olympics, through to the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Mark has commentated AFL games for the Nine network, as well as netball at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympics.  He was the face of sport at Channel Nine Perth for 18 years, presenting weekend and weekday sport for their news bulletins.

For the past 7 years, Mark has been an AFL commentator and hosts the coverage in Perth for radio station, 6PR.  He joined Channel Seven in 2014 and hosts Channel Seven’s live AFL show, The Game, and was previously the resident sports presenter for Sports Extra on Today Tonight.

Ash Dashlooty

Ash Dashlooty, sp_ce consulting
Where is the Money?

Ash will present a dynamic and informative workshop covering essential funding and grant information including:   

  • How to source the right funds and grants for your organisation?
  • Learn the secrets of significantly increasing your chances of securing grants and funds for your organisation
  • How to make grant writing simple, easy and even fun!
  • What is the one question you need to ask before commencing ANY application?
  • What is the one phone call that can dramatically increase your chance of success even before you put pen to paper
  • How to follow up on applications that will see your best chance of success

Ash is a leadership specialist who has built his career on designing and delivering high impact interventions that develop leaders along the road to excellence.  For over 20 years he has worked with leaders in many organisations from a broad spectrum of industries, demonstrating his comfort and expertise at working with diverse groups, impacting executive, senior leader and frontline leaders.  Ash is also a lecturer at the Executive Education Centre, Murdoch University.

In his spare time Ash volunteers as a mentor in both the University of WA and the Australian Institute of Training & Development (AITD) mentoring programs and was the President of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER WA) for four years.  He provides strategic support to several local clubs including the mighty Canning South Perth Tigers and has been Coach/Assistant Coach to the Applecross Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club since 2016. 

When at home, he does his utmost to keep up with his two sons and is a long-suffering Dockers supporter.

Denver D’Cruz

Denver D’Cruz, Inclusion Solutions
Attracting Time and Talent

Is your club or community group looking to attract new members, volunteers and supporters?  Find out how using inclusive practices can deliver an abundance of all the above.  Denver will use a local example of how one person (Jamie Hunter), working with one club (Mandurah Mustangs Football Club) have built a stronger local community for us all!

Denver is the General Manager of local not-for-profit organisation, Inclusion Solutions.  Born and raised in Southern India (of Portuguese descent), Denver moved to Australia at the age of ten.  Following years of university studies, Denver has worked within the community sector in Canberra, Sydney, the UK, Ireland and Perth for the past two decades.

Denver was drawn to Western Australia in 2008 to pursue sporting ambitions and has since called Perth home!  Denver has spent the past decade working with over tens of communities across WA.  Denver lists family, sport, travel, real estate, woodwork, cars and motorbikes as his interests.

Malcolm Dix

Malcolm Dix, Bullshift
Building a Positive Club Culture

Malcolm is delighted to return for the 2020 Peel Sports forum.  In this session, Malcolm will share the Bullshift findings on what clubs can do to increase the likelihood of sustaining positive club cultures along with the pitfalls that can get in the way.

Having two children who are members of various sporting clubs, Malcolm has seen first- hand what helps clubs become dynamic and what hinders their progress.

So please join us for a fun, insightful, interactive session with plenty of laughs along the way.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Malcolm continues to work at the Bullshift Company, which is all about generating more Openness, Honesty and Straight talk in clubs and organisations.

Bullshift believes that when clubs practice the principles of Bullshift, they have better conversations, more efficient meetings, increased ability to analyse and solve problems, greater collaboration and all of this results in more enjoyable working relationships.

Jodii Maguire

Jodii Maguire, Think Performance Psychology
Developing wellbeing in your club

Jodii is excited to return to the 2020 Peel Sports Forum.  This year Jodii will be speaking with club representatives on the role clubs and its leaders can play in relation to wellbeing and mental health.  She will share some insights into how clubs support wellbeing and mental health at an elite level to help you generate ideas for your club.  In addition she will help you to navigate the responsibilities of looking after the welfare of your members and volunteers.  Learn how your clubs can implement programs and strategies around wellbeing that ensure your focus is on performance development and the wellbeing of your community. 

Jodii Maguire is a Director and Founder of Think Performance Psychology.  She has spent the last decade working with elite sporting teams, grassroots clubs, coaches, sporting individuals and schools on developing the skills required to help people perform at their best.  

Think Performance is a performance psychology consulting firm focused on performance enhancement, leadership development and wellbeing in sporting and organisational settings.  The mission is to assist individuals and teams develop strategies to unleash their best performances, whilst maintaining a focus on wellbeing and mental health.  

Jodii is passionate about making a real and long-term contribution to youth sports by encouraging everyone involved in youth sports to focus not only skills performance but also to develop resilience and confidence of our kids in a fun and motivating environment.

Anna Hill

Anna Hill, Hancock Creative
How to activate your community

Anna will assist your organisation to effectively use social media to communicate and increase reach in your local community, achieve measurable results, attract volunteers and funds.  This presentation will tackle the pros and cons of different social media platforms with a focus on Facebook including how to manage negative comments. This session is ideal for local sporting groups interested in learning how to grow a successful social media platform to market your organisation.   

  • What social media channels exist and why are they valuable?
  • How to use Facebook to engage your local community
  • Understand who your social media audience is and how to best speak to them
  • Learn a simple formula for creating engaging and effective content easily

Anna Hill spent her early career in marketing.  Working with InterSpace Technologies, Anna raised funds for Telethon through an interactive multimedia game called The Quest for the Golden Bird – it was the first of its kind in WA, and the start of a lifetime passion for Anna. Anna has been a freelance writer for more than a decade and has spent the last six years as a social media manager and mentor.

Panel Discussion

Enjoy this interactive panel discussion conducted by Mark Readings with Olympians Zoe Arancini, Blair Evans and Jesse Phillips. 

Zoe Arancini

Zoe Arancini,  Olympian in Water Polo (2016), member of “Aussie Stingers” – Australian Women’s Water Polo Team

With a mother, father and an aunt who have all played water polo for Australia, the sport was in Zoe Arancini’s blood.  She is now an Olympian herself after her debut at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

During her first international in 2009, Zoe claimed bronze at the FINA World League Finals and was crowned the Water Polo Australia Junior Women’s Player of the Year.  Another big accolade attached to the Zoe Arancini name is her inclusion in the 2015 FINA World All Stars team.

A product of Western Australia and Melville Water Polo Club, Zoe has progressed through the Australian pathway system and after representing various Australian junior teams made the transition to the Stingers squad where she now has over 200 international caps to her name.

Zoe is hopeful to compete with the Aussie Stingers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Blair Evans

Blair Evans, Dual Olympian in Swimming (2012 and 2016), Member of Australian Dolphins Swim Team

Blair Evans was born in Perth and qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2012 after finishing second to Stephanie Rice at trials.  She won her first national title in 2009 in the 800m freestyle which also qualified her for the World Championships in Italy.  She represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games winning a gold medal in the 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay.

She stunned in 2016 to win the 400m individual medley title which in turn, secured her spot on her second Olympic team.  A swimming highlight for Blair was qualifying for her second Olympic Games in 2016 after a four-year break from the sport due to injury.  In 2018 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Game she won her first individual medal when she picked up bronze in the 400m individual medley.

Blair is hopeful to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Jesse Phillips

Jesse Phillips, Olympian and Olympic Coach in Kayaking (2012 and 2016)

2012 Australian Olympic Team (K2 200m Finalist), 2016 Australian Olympic Team (K1 200m Coach), 2018 Australian National Team K1 Coach, 2018/19 Asia Pacific Regatta U16 Australian Team Coach, WA State Pathway Coach and Club Squad Coach.

I was born in Perth and had to grow up fast, chasing my older siblings and learning to compete with the bigger kids. All sorts of play filled my upbringing, with child's play forming my model for movement.  Sport started in my early days, with particular success in football and hockey, though mental resilience pushed me to find my best in any athletic pursuit.  In 1999 I stepped onto the elite sporting pathway through the WAIS Talent Search Program, with strong training ethic over several years resulted in my international competition debut on the 2003 Australian Junior sprint kayak team. My performance skills were built across many years of local, state and national competition, alongside triumphs (and failures) in European tours spanning 2005 to 2011.

I achieved my childhood dream in 2012 by earning a place in the Australian Olympic Team, placing 6th in the final at the London Games with doubles partner Steve Bird.  In 2016 I went on to coach at the Rio Olympic Games, after narrowly missing the team.  After a life of structured intent towards excellence I have built a wealth of experience which I am passionate to share.  Learning from international renowned coaches I strive to stay curious in my approach to high performance.  Today I still compete in my kayak and surf life saving ski to keep fit and enjoy the thrill of performance, as I continue towards registration as a psychologist at Murdoch University.

Coaches Forum, Saturday 28 March 2020

Michelle Cowan

Michelle Cowan
How to build positive team dynamics

Former Senior Coach at the Fremantle Dockers AFLW and Melbourne Women’s Team, 2013 AFL Football Woman of the Year and current Assistant Coach at the West Coast Eagles AFLW.

Michelle will help coaches understand how to build and create strong team dynamics and how this can influence your team’s performance and success.  Michelle will also speak about the structure of a training session and a coaches’ understanding of the different learning styles of players.  There will be time for Q & A at the end of Michelle’s presentation.

Combining her two passions of being a mother and AFL coach, Michelle Cowan’s amazing story is a tribute to what all of us can achieve with enough guts, grit and determination. With over 18 years of coaching experience in the WAFL, AFL and AFLW a long and successful career that has contributed to the games exciting evolution.

Her coaching roles at West Perth Football Club and South Fremantle Football Club were followed by a dual role at Melbourne Football Club as the Senior Coach of their Women’s Team and Development Coach for the Men’s team.  Michelle was then appointed by Fremantle Football Club to be the inaugural coach of their AFLW side from 2016-2018 and is currently Assistant Coach for West Coast Eagles AFLW.  Michelle was awarded the 2013 AFL Football Woman of the Year. 

Her achievements have made it clear that gender is no barrier to kicking goals.  Michelle is a passionate speaker who combines her experiences and humour for an inspiring and entertaining presentation that will motivate and entertain the audience.

Jesse Phillips

Jesse Phillips
Communication – key to building relationships

2012 Australian Olympic Team (K2 200m Finalist), 2016 Australian Olympic Team (K1 200m Coach), 2018 Australian National Team K1 Coach, 2018/19 Asia Pacific Regatta U16 Australian Team Coach, WA State Pathway Coach and Club Squad Coach.

Jesse will speak about coach to athlete/parent engagement and communication, how to interact with kids, handle their parents and how to be a fair coach.   Jesse will also share his knowledge on how to create a daily training environment for success.  There will be time for Q & A at the end of Jesse’s presentation.

I was born in Perth and had to grow up fast, chasing my older siblings and learning to compete with the bigger kids. All sorts of play filled my upbringing, with child's play forming my model for movement.  Sport started in my early days, with particular success in football and hockey, though mental resilience pushed me to find my best in any athletic pursuit.  In 1999 I stepped onto the elite sporting pathway through the WAIS Talent Search Program, with strong training ethic over several years resulted in my international competition debut on the 2003 Australian Junior sprint kayak team. My performance skills were built across many years of local, state and national competition, alongside triumphs (and failures) in European tours spanning 2005 to 2011.

I achieved my childhood dream in 2012 by earning a place in the Australian Olympic Team, placing 6th in the final at the London Games with doubles partner Steve Bird.  In 2016 I went on to coach at the Rio Olympic Games, after narrowly missing the team.  After a life of structured intent towards excellence I have built a wealth of experience which I am passionate to share.  Learning from international renowned coaches I strive to stay curious in my approach to high performance.  Today I still compete in my kayak and surf life saving ski to keep fit and enjoy the thrill of performance, as I continue towards registration as a psychologist at Murdoch University.

Mark Worthington

Mark Worthington
Simplicity in Coaching

Two-time Olympic Basketballer, NBL superstar and current South West Slammers Men’s Head Coach.

Mark will speak on how to start and build on grassroots coaching.  In a world where everyone is expecting “elite” coaching Mark will talk about how to start coaching a team and the importance of good communication and how to deliver a message to your playing group.  How do you get your team and individuals to accomplish your goals as a coach?  Mark likes to keep coaching simple and will explain how deviating can cause confusion in your group.   There will be time for Q & A at the end of Mark’s presentation.

Mark was born in Bunbury and as a child dreamed of playing in the NBL.  He started his career as a development player for the Cairns Taipans before moving to the United States to play college basketball from 2001 to 2005.  Mark then debuted with the Sydney Kings winning the NBL Rookie of the Year Award.  He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBL playing his 300th NBL game with the Cairns Taipans before retiring from playing in 2017.

Mark was appointed head coach of the Cairns Dolphins in the 2016 women’s QBL competition.  After two seasons coaching the Dolphins, he spent the 2017/18 US college season as an assistant coach before being appointed Head Coach of the South West Slammers Men’s side for the 2020 SBL competition.

Mark is a two-time Olympian, playing for the Boomers at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.  His other achievements include playing in two FIBA World Championships in 2006 and 2018 and bringing home a Gold Medal from the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Mark not only loves helping today’s youth by sharing his stories but has become an advocate for mental health off the court. 

 

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