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This annual event delivers education, training and professional development to the Western Australian sport and recreation sector.

This event will allow you to network with others from the industry and focuses on volunteering in today’s world and how sports and clubs can adapt. Learn more about what motivates youth to volunteer and what clubs can do to attract them. Hear a live example of a great success story on how to grow your club’s membership and volunteers, and what are the characteristics of successful clubs.

This year’s guest speaker is Bradley Sheppard. Brad is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. 

Engage with some athletes who have been selected to the Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS) Talent Development Program and how it’s helped them excel in their sport.

A humorous presentation to conclude the program from Mick Colliss. Listen to his story of realising his dream, about mateship, having a go and never giving up.


8.30am to 9.00amRegistrations
9.00am to 9.05amWelcome address and Acknowledgment of Country – Mick Colliss, MC
9.05am to 9.10amOfficial Opening – Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation
9.10am to 9.55amGuest Speaker Brad Sheppard
10.10am to 10.30amMorning tea
9.55am to 10.35amState Sporting Association Panel Discussion – Conducted by Mick Colliss, Christina Matthews – CEO WA Cricket, Rob Clements – CEO Basketball, WA Simone Hansen – CEO Netball WA
10.35am to 10.50amPeel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS) – Tracey van der Laan
10.50am to 11.15pmMorning tea
11.15pm to 12.00pmYouth volunteering – the next wave Michelle Wong – Educator, Researcher and Coach
12.05pm to 12.50pmGrowing your membership Kane Blackman – President Leederville Sporting Club
12.55pm to 1.25pmMick Colliss “Surprise” presentation – realising his dream
1.25pm to 1.30pmForum close Troy Jones – Regional Manager Peel/South West, DLGSC
1.30pm to 2.00pmLunch and networking


Brad Sheppard — Guest Speaker

Portrait of Brad Sheppard

Bradley Sheppard is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. 

He was selected as a first round pick in the 2009 National Draft. Now having an over 200 game career, there have been many moments of success although many he would attribute to the challenges of forging a career in elite sport.

In late 2021, Brad was forced into early retirement as the result of the AFL’s crackdown on concussion injuries.

Brad is passionate about all sport, business and the outdoors.

Hear Brad’s story about his career, his resilience and learning to adapt after his career was cut short. Mick Colliss will be interviewing Brad and there will be time for questions from the audience.

Mick Colliss, MC — Author, poet and sports commentator

Mick Colliss presenting a speech

Mick Colliss is our host for the 2022 Peel Sports Forum and is an author, poet and sports commentator.

Mick is an entertaining, welcoming MC who has hosted numerous functions for sporting and corporate organisations.

Mick made history with his first ever piece of commentary when he called the rugby match between WA and Ireland from the WACA Ground in 1994. He has called numerous Wallaby test matches as Radio 6PR’s rugby expert, called the Western Force home games, called rugby for ABC Grandstand, men’s and women’s national league water polo games, the Women’s Waterpolo World Cup, and rugby league matches.

Mick is a modern-day poet who writes poetry people can understand and has recited his work on Channel 7, Channel 10, ABC, 6PR and 2UE and had it published in many newspapers and publications. He has also recited poetry for numerous sports and corporate organisations across Australia and Asia and published five books, including two books of his unique poetry.

Mick will also deliver a surprise presentation at the end of the day and tell his story of realising his dream to represent Australia.; Listen to his laugh out loud true story.

State Sporting Association (SSA) Panel Discussion

Enjoy this interactive panel discussion conducted by MC Mick Colliss with executive representation from three sports — cricket, basketball and netball.

Hear what sports are doing today to remain relevant, more appealing and maximise participation in their sport. What are the challenges, expectations on the provision of facilities and what is the level of service delivery in the regions.

Christina Matthews – CEO WA Cricket

A portrait of Christina Matthews

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of WA Cricket and a former Australian cricketer. Christina is a well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community and she has proven herself to be an effective and courageous leader since taking on the role of CEO at WA Cricket in 2012 and has redefined the way WA Cricket approaches its business.

Christina brings with her 35 years’ experience in various management, coaching and development roles within sporting organisations including cricket, hockey and Australian rules football. A significant contributor to the development of cricket, she has spent many years supporting community cricket associations and sits on a number of boards and committees.

Rob Clement — CEO Basketball WA

Portrait of Rob Clement

Rob has been in sports management for over 20 years, and for the past six years, Rob has worked as CEO of Basketball WA.  Rob has had extensive experience at senior executive level within the sporting industry and at the State and Commonwealth levels of government, holding executive positions with the WA Football Commission, Port Adelaide (Power) Football Club and the WA Department of Sport and Recreation.

Rob has been a state player in the sport of hockey as well as previously being a board member of the Western Australian Institute of Sport and a Coach at National League and Championship level.<

Rob’s sporting loves are hockey, golf, windsurfing and paddling.

Simone Hansen — CEO Netball WA

Simone Hansen headshotSimone Hansen commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Netball in WA in April 2021 bringing to the organisation almost two decades of senior leadership experience in the banking and finance sector across Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Simone has enjoyed a lifelong connection with netball — first as a player in her youth, and now as a supporter watching her daughter play in both the winter and spring netball seasons.

Her key objectives include lifting engagement and participation across all of netball in Western Australia, connecting the sport with the local community, ensuring the success of West Coast Fever as part of the elite national competition, and continuing the incredible outcomes of the Shooting Stars program.

Simone is also currently a member of the West Australian Football Commission’s Women in Football Advisory Committee and a non-executive director of the Australian Institute of Management WA.

Kane Blackman — Leederville Sporting Club: Growing your membership

Kane Blackman making a speech

Kane is the Chief Executive Officer of Good Sammy Enterprises, a commercial business that delivers employment outcomes to a significant number of people with disability in Western Australia.

Kane has 15 years experience as a senior executive in financial services, disability care, government service delivery and the resource sector. 

Kane holds the following board roles:

  • Chair, Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability
  • Deputy Chair, Rare Voices Australia
  • Non-Executive Director, Therapy Focus
  • Deputy Chair, Angelman Syndrome Association Australia
  • Member, Future Health Research and Innovation Advisory Council.

Kane is also the president of a community bowling club established in 1905 called the Leederville Sporting Club. The ‘Bowlo’ won club of the year for 2021 and has seen membership growth from 140 to 800 in 18 months.

Michelle Wong — Educator, Researcher and Coach: Youth volunteering — the next wave

Michelle Wong headshot

Michelle will deliver an energetic and engaging presentation about youth volunteering and how clubs can connect with youth including: 

  • what motivates youth to volunteer
  • different models of volunteering
  • training and development and the career benefit for youth
  • mentoring by clubs — developing leaders
  • benefits to clubs to have youth volunteers

Michelle has over 25 years of sport coaching and teaching experience, professionally specialising in inclusion and individual needs.

Michelle is completing her postgraduate research thesis on motivation and sport participation for autistic youth and works with sporting bodies, local and state governments to develop pathways for all members of the community to become involved in sport.

She is an engaging and entertaining presenter, passionate about youth and building stronger sporting communities.   

Tracey van der Laan — Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS)

Tracey will facilitate a Q&A with three Peel athletes currently selected to the PRAS Talent Development Program. Hear more about PRAS, what the athletes benefit from and how the program helps them excel in their sport.

Tracey van der Laan is the current executive officer of the Peel Regional Academy of Sports. Tracey has managed the PRAS program for the past four years and has been involved at a coaching level since its inception. During her time as executive officer Tracey has expanded and developed the program to offer a wider range of services for athletes in the Peel Region. Tracey has a strong knowledge of sport in the Peel region and high-performance development.


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