Sport Australia’s new Podcast series on Coaching and Officiating is now live, with a new episode to be published every two weeks.
In this series we chat with some of Australia’s leading sport coaches, athletes, and officials – including Paralympic legend and coach Louise Sauvage, Basketball coach Carrie Graf, former AFL Player and Rugby Union Coach Mick Byrne, Cricket legend and coach Greg Chappell and many other industry experts on the modernisation of coaching and officiating.
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A/g CEO Sport Australia
Sport Australia’s acting Chief Executive Officer Rob Dalton introduces our newest Podcast series on Coaching and Officiating.
Rob has coached at local, state and elite level, and he talks of the importance of modernising the learning experience, to get great coaches and experts, their tips and content down to local levels. Ensuring as a sector we address the barriers and revolutionise the experience for participants is crucial to our success.
Louise Sauvage OAM
Paralympic champion and wheelchair racing coach
Louise Sauvage OAM is one of Australia’s most successful athletes, with nine gold and four silver Paralympic medals.
As well as her collection of Paralympic and world championship medals, Louise has won the Boston, Los Angeles, Berlin and Honolulu Marathons.
She is now helping the next generation prepare for the Tokyo Paralympics and beyond as national coach of the wheelchair track and road program at the NSW Institute of Sport. Louise talks about the importance of adaptability in coaching a variety of athletes at different levels.
The first female in the world to be part of the officiating team for a male cricket test match.
Claire Polosak is an Australian cricket umpire, who became the first female in the world to be part of the officiating team for a male Test, when she stood as the fourth umpire on India’s tour of Australia in 2020-21.
Claire has also umpired at women’s world cups and Women’s T20s and the Women’s Big Bash League. She joins the Sport Australia Coaching and Officiating Podcast to talk about the importance of not aiming for 100% perfection when officiating but rather focusing on the processes you go through to help reach your decisions. She also talks of the importance of enjoyment of the game at a community level.
Rugby union coach
A premiership-winning AFL player turned international rugby union coach.
Mick Byrne was a premiership winning Australian Rules Footballer, playing for Hawthorne, Sydney and Melbourne. He then transitioned to coaching Rugby Union working in England, Scotland, Ireland, Japan before being part of the coaching team that won two world cups with New Zealand. Mick later took up a role with Rugby Australia as the National Skills coach.
Professor Rochelle Eime
Professor Rochelle Eime is a Behavioural Epidemiologist who has over 15 years of research experience specifically relating to the sport and recreation sectors relating to both public health and sport management.
Professor Rochelle Eime is the Director of Sport and Recreation Spatial (sportandrecreationspatial.com.au) which focuses on investigating sport and recreation participation, facilities and health for evidence based decision making.
The key areas are:
- Participation levels and trends.
- Influences on participation.
- Value of sport: the health benefits of participation.
- Places to play: the nexus between facilities and participation.
Rochelle is a behavioural epidemiologist, who has over 15 years of research experience specifically relating to the sport sector and covering areas of participation, facilities, health and education. She has strong industry networks within the sport and health sector including state and national, government agencies as well as sport and recreation organisations. Her research has won a number of state and national research awards including VicHealth Research into action award, the Parks and Leisure Australia national research award and the Victorian Sport award- sport development of the year
Rochelle has written over 300 peer-review publications, book chapters and industry reports.
Rochelle has been involved with club-based sport throughout her life, as a player, coach, volunteer, and now parent of players and is a Board member of Vicsport
Mal Meninga AM
Malcolm Norman “Mal” Meninga is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. As a player, his career lasted 16 years and he played in over 460 first grade games for state, club and country.
Mal is a legendary goal-kicking centre and one of the finest footballers the 20th century got to witness. He is the only player to have been selected for four Kangaroo Tours, two of which he also captained.
More success and recognition followed when he became a part of the undefeated teams that toured in 1982 and 1986, known as "The Invincibles" and "The Unbeatables" respectively. He played a total of 46 games representing Australia and scored 278 points, with 21 tries and 99 goals. Another remarkable fact about him is that he has captained all the sides he has played for, and Australia lost only six out of the 46 tests in which he played.
After retiring from his playing career he coached the Queensland State of Origins team, and the team won eight series in a row. He has received several honors and accolades in recognition of his invaluable contribution to sports in Australia.
Lauren Burns OAM
Sydney 2000 Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist and researcher, Lauren Burns OAM, talks of the dynamic interplay between psychology, performance, relationships and lifestyle when it comes to coaching and knowing when to challenge and stretch elite athletes so they can rise to the challenge of an Olympic Games or winning a Gold Medal.
CONTENT WARNING. This episode contains references to topics some athletes and persons involved in high performance sport may find troubling. If you need support, confidential services are available such as AIS Be Heard and the AIS Mental Health Referral Network.
Lauren Burns OAM, won the first Olympic Gold Medal in Taekwondo, when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Post her Taekwondo career, Lauren has worked as a speaker, author, naturopath, and academic studies. In 2017 she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Lauren has recently completed a PhD on Lifestyle and mindsets of elite athletes at RMIT and has been involved in a number of research projects. She was awarded the Vice Chancellors prize for Research Impact.
Lauren is involved with the Gold Medal Ready Program with the Australian Institute of Sport and is also on the Scholarships Selection Committee for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Australian Sprints and Hurdles Athletics Coach and Former Coach of Sally Pearson, Sharon Hannan joins us to take us through her top coaching principles.
Sharron Hannan is the former Australian Sprints and Hurdles Athletics Coach and former Coach of Sally Pearson who of course went on to collect Commonwealth World and Olympic Gold Medals in the 100m Hurdles.
Sharon is a Level 4 Specialist for Sprints Relays and Hurdles a Level 3 advanced Junior Coach. Shannon has been involved in Athletics since 1982, founding Cairns Little Athletics. Sharon is based in the Gold Coast overseeing the Gold Coast Victory Athletics Club.
Amy Perrett made history by becoming the first female to referee a Super Rugby game. Amy takes us through how she manages the pressure of being a professional Referee, her process of making decisions during games, reviewing games post-match and how she learns from her mistakes.
Amy Perrett is a full-time Rugby Referee and Referee Development Officer with Rugby Australia. She has been an official referee for nineteen years, becoming professional in 2016. Amy is the first female to referee a Super Rugby game. She is currently heading to her second Olympics to referee at Tokyo 2020.
Former Australian Basketball Coach, Carrie Graf takes us through how she adapts her coaching styles to different athletes at both the community and elite level and how a one sized fit all approach does not work in coaching. We also explore how coaches and officials work hand in hand and how important both are for the sport ecosystem.
Carrie Graf is a former Australian Basketball Coach. She competed in the WNBL as a player from 1983 - 1989 before turning her focus on coaching, where she coached the women’s basketball for over 20 years. Carrie was the first female international head coach in the American WNBA. She has won 7 WNBL Championships as Head Coach and coached the Australian Opals in 212 games. In 2015, Carrie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
Jillaroos Head Coach
Jillaroos Head Coach, Brad Donald takes us through the development of Women’s Rugby League teams and the important role female coaching staff have to play in the game and its development. We also take a look at the diversity of women’s playing skills in sport, often developing from playing exposure across multiple sports at a community level.
After 5 years teaching at the Scots School in Bathurst, Brad began his full-time career in Rugby League as a Development Officer in the Western NSW region. Whilst working as a Development Officer he coached a variety of CRL, group 10, Bathurst and Orange teams and age groups, before taking a role in Coaching, Recruitment and Development at the Canberra Raiders in 2006.
After mentoring many teams through the Canberra Raiders pathway, he moved to South East QLD to oversee the integration of Game Development staff in QLD, where he spent time as the QLD Coaching and Development Manager, as well as mentoring the QLD Women’s Team for 5 years, continuing QLD’s domination to 17 years in a row.
Brad is now the General Manager of Player Pathways for the National Rugby League, working on pathways programs and the codes 4 National Teams, Australian Schoolboys, Junior Kangaroos, Jillaroos and Kangaroos. In 2016 he was appointed the head coach of the Jillaroos, who are current Auckland 9’s, Trans- Tasman, Commonwealth and World Champions.
CEO - AIS
AIS CEO Peter Conde discusses all things elite sport. We chat through the importance of building a sporting ecosystem from the ground up with the need for both strong coaches and high performing athletes in the system.
Peter Conde started as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in October 2017 after eight years as high performance director with Australia’s highly successful sailing program.
Mr Conde was initially engaged to review the sailing program after it failed to win a medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. With Mr Conde as high performance director, the Australian sailing team won four gold and four silver medals across the London (2012) and Rio (2016) Olympic Games and three gold and one silver at the corresponding Paralympic Games.
Mr Conde was a former top sailor who returned to the sport following an extensive business career as a strategy consultant. He worked in senior roles for consulting firms such as Boston Consulting Group and AT Kearney but sport has remained his driving passion. He understands success in high performance sport does not happen by chance. His record reflects his knowledge of the kind of outstanding support in terms of leadership, coaching, administration and training environments that elite athletes require to reach their full potential.
Assistant Coach of Queensland Firebirds Clare Ferguson is a leader of the sporting world, having extensive experience in competing, coaching, and managing high performance athletes.
Clare Ferguson (nee McMeniman) is an aspiring netball coach currently engaged as Assistant Coach of the Queensland Firebirds.
Her elite playing career spanned over a decade and included 15 International Test caps for the Australian Diamonds and 3 Premiership titles with the Queensland Firebirds.
In 2016 she was appointed captain of the Australian Diamonds. Away from the court, Clare completed a Graduate Entry Masters of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland.
WNBA All Star, Women’s Basketball and Sport Australia Hall of Famer, Lauren Jackson has an extensive basketball career playing locally and internationally, which began at the young age of 4.
Lauren Jackson remains widely regarded as one of the greatest female basketballers of all time. She is a four-time Olympic medallist (three silver and one bronze), a FIBA World Champion (2006) and two-time bronze medallist (1998, 2002) and won Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne in 2006.
Jackson was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft and was immediately identified as a ‘franchise player’ by the Seattle Storm. She played in the WNBA for over a decade between 2001-2012 where she won two WNBA Championships, was voted the League MVP on three occasions and was a seven-time WNBA All Star. She has consistently been named among the League’s all-time best players; in the WNBA All-Decade Team (2006), WNBA Top 15 Team (2011), the WNBA Top 20@20 (2016) and the W25 – the 25 greatest players in WNBA history – in 2021.
In Australia, she won five WNBL championships, with the AIS (1), and Canberra Capitals (4), between 1999-2010, was a four-time League and Grand Final MVP and a five-time WNBL All-Star. In 2015 she was voted Australia’s greatest female basketballer, and in 2021 became the first Australian player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Following her retirement Jackson became an administrator for the game she loves saying that “Where I put my time and energy is now crucial. I want to get involved in the political side of sport rather than the media and I need to learn from the people who have been there before.” She was appointed as the Head of Women’s Basketball at Basketball Australia in 2019 with a primary focus of managing the WNBL. In 2021 Basketball Australia announced a new strategic role for her which allows her to focus on the BA Women and Girls Strategy to deliver outcomes in gender equality in basketball.
Australian Cricket legend and member of Cricket Australia Board, Greg Chappell. Greg takes us through the changes to coaching and officiating over the last few decades and how this has impacted emerging talent. We explore the progression of community coaching and the importance of recreating the same training environment as the game.
Since his retirement as a player in 1984, Greg has been a selector for national and Queensland teams, a member of the Australian Cricket Board, and a coach. he has worked as a full-time commentator on multiple occasions. His most high-profile job was the coach of the Indian cricket team for two years till the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He is one of the selectors of the Australian team and continues to be the National Talent Manager for Australian cricket.