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Promotional graphic for the Peel Sports Forum showing an image of hockey players and a profile of veteran Hockeyroo and dual Olympian Rachael Lynch


Time Session
8.30am to 9.00am Registrations
9.00am to 9.05am Introduction — Mick Colliss, MC
9.05am to 9.10am Welcome and Acknowledgment of Country —  Lanie Chopping — Director General, DLGSC
9.10am to 9.15am Official Opening — Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation
9.15am to 10.05am Guest Speaker — Rachael Lynch
10.05am to 10.50am Panel Discussion: 'Ugly Spectator Behaviour' — Conducted by Mick Colliss
Matt Fulton, CEO SportWest
Jamie Harnwell, CEO Football West
Dean Margetts, WAFL and WAFLW Umpiring Operations Manager
Rachael Lynch, veteran Hockeyroo, dual Olympian and mental health ambassador
10.55am to 11.10am Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS) — Tracey van der Laan
11.10am to 11.35am Morning tea
11.35am to 12.20pm Boost wellbeing in your club
Jodii Maguire, Think! Performance Psychology
12.25pm to 1.10pm Retention of teenagers in sport
Troy Kirkham, Executive Manager Game Development and Community Football, WAFC
1.10pm to 1.25pm Mick Colliss 
Wrap up of the event
1.25pm to 1.30pm Forum close 
Troy Jones, Director Regional Services, DLGSC
1.30pm to 2.00pm Lunch and networking

'Ugly Spectator Behaviour' Panel Discussion

MC Mick Colliss will conduct this interactive panel discussion on an important and relevant topic to all sports. Our guest panel members are from various sporting backgrounds and experiences.

Aggressive spectator behaviour on the sidelines of both junior and senior sporting competitions impacts our officials and coaches and can embarrass and demotivate players, making them lose confidence and even quit their sport. Learn what sports are doing to address the problem of abuse towards referees, coaches and players.

The panel discussion will be helpful for volunteers, coaches and club administrators who are keen to address and improve sideline conduct and behaviour.


Rachael Lynch, guest speaker and panellist, veteran Hockeyroo, dual Olympian and mental health ambassador

Rachael Lynch standing on a hockey field in uniform

Our guest speaker is Rachael Lynch, veteran Hockeyroo, dual Olympian and mental health ambassador. Rachael will also give her perspective as a player on the affects abusive spectator behaviour can have on athletes as part of the panel discussion.

Veteran Hockeyroo, dual Olympian, dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and World Cup silver medallist, Rachael Lynch OLY has played in over 230 games for Australia. After some 15 years in the senior squad Rachael got her chance to play in her maiden Olympics in Rio 2016 as the Australian goal keeper. She then helped Australia achieve 5th at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, only conceding 2 goals in 6 games. 

Born in Melbourne, Lynch took up hockey after being selected in the primary schools’ state team. She competed in the 2005 Junior World Cup in Chile before making her international senior team debut at the 2006 Champions Trophy in the Netherlands. In 2014 she was awarded goalkeeper of the tournament at the World Cup and then nominated for International Goalkeeper of the Year, an award which she later won in 2019.

Off the field Lynch works as a registered nurse, runs STOMP Goalkeeping and is very active in the mental health space as an ambassador for RUOK? Day. In 2021 she was recognised by the World Olympians Association where she was 1 of only 5 past and present athletes from around the world inducted into the 2020 Olympians for Life program. 

Rachael was also elected as member of the Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) Athlete's Commission in 2021 and will serve a minimum 4 years with the objective of advising the AOC Executive on all matters relating to the Olympic Movement from an athlete’s perspective. 

Hear Rachael’s inspirational story followed by a Q & A with Mick Colliss, MC.

Mick Colliss, MC, author, poet and sports commentator

Mick Colliss presenting a speech

Mick Colliss is returning to be our host again for the Peel Sports Forum after being very well received at last year’s forum. Mick will once again entertain us whilst carrying out the MC duties and facilitating the panel discussion.

Mick has previously hosted numerous functions for sporting and corporate organisations. 

He 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 5 books, including 2 books of his unique poetry.

Dean Margetts, guest panellist, former Australian Rules Football Umpire, WAFL and WAFLW Umpiring Operations Manager

Portrait of Dean Margetts in his umpiring uniformDean began his umpiring career in WA with the South Suburban Junior Football Association (SSJFA) which has now been renamed the Demons District Football Umpiring Association (DDFUA).

He umpired 377 career games in the AFL since he debuted in round 5 in 2002. His career includes 12 final matches and Dean is 9th placed for all-time VFL/AFL games umpired.

Dean has built strong and trusted relationships over the years with players, coaches and umpire peers and retired in August 2021. Dean is an AFL life member and currently works for the WA Football Commission as the WAFL and WAFLW Umpiring Operations Manager.

Jamie Harnwell, guest panellist, CEO Football West

Portrait of Jamie Harnwell wearing a suit

Jamie is an experienced senior executive leader with a strong track record of contributing to Football West's strategy development, government and corporate sponsor relationship development, commercial management, operational delivery, prudent risk management and driving organisational growth through expanding football's participation throughout the Western Australian community and development of opportunities throughout Asia. 

Jamie is responsible for the oversight of state football operations including staff management, player development, sports management, event planning and coaching.

Before joining Football West, Jamie was Perth Glory’s captain and games record holder, playing 256 games for them and helping them to become back to back national champions.

Matt Fulton, guest panellist, CEO Sport West

Portrait of Matt Fulton in a suit

Matt is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, with a demonstrated history of working with diverse groups of stakeholders to deliver strategic outcomes that have a positive community impact. Having worked in large companies like Coca-Cola Amatil as well as within the not-for-profit sector, Matt combines his diverse experiences and skillset to deliver key results, which is reflected in his proven track record in marketing, business strategy, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and leadership.

Matt is passionate about bringing the sporting sector together to harness the potential the industry has as a collective and is proud to lead an organisation that works to strengthen and support its members.

On a personal level, Matt has a passion for the benefits that sport brings to communities and is an avid spectator and participant, but more importantly, loves watching his family being involved in a range of sports.

Tracey van der Laan, Executive Officer, Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS)

Portrait of Tracey van der Laan

Tracey will facilitate a Q&A with some 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 overcome training barriers living out of the metropolitan area.

Tracey van der Laan is the current Executive Officer of the Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS). Tracey has managed the PRAS program for the past 5 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.

Jodii Maguire, Director, Think! Performance Psychology

Portrait of Jodii Maguire

Boost wellbeing in your club

Jodii will deliver an engaging and informative session on the role clubs and its leaders can play in relation to wellbeing of its members and volunteers.  She will share some insights into how clubs can support wellbeing and mental health through a range of strategies. These may include what clubs can do to promote and advocate for wellbeing, increase their awareness on how to respond, have the conversation and link people with external support. Jodii will share what to consider when developing a program around wellbeing and how to develop a mental health and wellbeing framework for your club. A template for this framework will also be provided.

Jodii Maguire is the Founder of Think! Performance Psychology. Over the past 15 years, Jodii has worked with national and state sporting teams, grassroots clubs, coaches and individuals on developing the skills required to perform at their best whilst maintaining a focus on wellbeing and mental health.

Jodii is passionate about making a real and long-term contribution to Australian sport. In line with this goal, in 2023, Think Performance is focused on providing education and training to sports clubs and organisations to support them to grow their knowledge of the sport’s mental skills and wellbeing fields. Through raising awareness and providing education to teams, individual athletes and coaches people in sport everywhere can build their personal performance and wellbeing toolkit!

Troy Kirkham, Executive Manager, Game Development and Community Football, WAFC

Portrait of Troy Kirkham

Retention of teenagers in sport

Troy will present an informative session on how clubs can help retain teenagers in sport and physical activity. We know that sport connects our communities and has a lasting impact on an individual’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and if we can keep our kids in sport, the ongoing benefits are substantial.

Learn why kids drop out of sport and how structured sport can change the way that they approach sport participation to help drive retention through building relationships and challenging what your club currently does. Listen to how your club can engage with youth, positively impact them and help retain them in sport and physical activity for life.

As an experienced sports administrator, Troy Kirkham has a passion for community sport, and the wider societal benefits that it can provide. Troy has worked through the education sector as a teacher and deputy principal, often dealing with at risk youth, before making the shift into the sports industry over 18 years ago. Currently as the Executive Manager Game Development and Community Football with the West Australian Football Commission, Troy oversees the development and growth of game development programs, school and community football across Western Australia.

In 2016, Troy had the opportunity to travel internationally for 3 months after being awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, to research innovative and inclusive retention strategies for youth participants in community sport. Meeting with internationally renowned experts in youth sports, along with organisations including the NFL, The FA and Rugby England, Troy has developed an interconnected model of youth retention, as part of his research in this field, that highlights some critical factors of consideration when addressing youth retention in sport.

Troy has 4 children that are all commencing their journey into community sport and is keen to ensure that they continue to reap the benefits that community sport and lifelong engagement in physical activity can provide.


Wendy Murphy
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