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We chat with some of Australia’s leading sport coaches, athletes, and officials.
Associate Professor Physical Education and Sport, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Shane Pill - Associate Professor Physical Education and Sport, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He joins this weeks podcast.
Over 150 research, scholarly & reports publications. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Life Member and Fellow. South Australian Football League 2013: Coach Award. Services to coaching & coach education.
Brad McGee OAM is an Australian former professional racing cyclist. He joins this weeks podcast.
He started competitive cycling at the age of ten, joined the NSWIS squad by age 14 and further developed under the AIS track cycling program between 1994 and 1999 before competing as a professional for 11 years predominately with the French outfit ‘La Francaise des Jeux’ and is a 4 time Olympian.
National Futures Coach / Performance pathway lead for Boxing Australia
Jamie Pittman, is a former Australian Indigenous boxer in the middleweight division. Jamie speaks with passion of the positive influence and impact his first boxing coach has on his life and his desire to ensure that he can provide the same for this generation. A true champion in and out of the ring!
"You cannot skip fundamentals otherwise it will show later on in their careers. So I was lucky enough that I boxed at the highest level. I wasn’t, I’m humble enough to say that it wasn’t at the world title standard, but I kept myself safe and I was competitive because of those fundamentals."
This episode contains references to issues that some people may find troubling. If you need support, reach out to confidential services such as AIS Be Heard and the AIS Mental Health Referral Network.
Australian Football referee
Kate Jacewicz is an Australian Football referee. Kate began refereeing at the age of 13 after her brother’s team needed one, she joins this week’s podcast.
Since making her way into officiating Kate has refereed at the highest levels including Australia’s W-League, A-League, the FIFA world cup and Olympics. In this episode she talks of her love of the game as a player, coach and referee and how important clear communication is between officials and players.
Benny Sutton, a Football coach and former Pararoos player who played at the 2019 World Cup in Spain joins this week’s podcast.
Benny heads up the Paraoos development centre which provides football development training to children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injuries. Ben has a passion for change and equality, entering into coaching to create opportunities for other children with Cerebral Palsy to play football.
Mel Perrine & Bobbi Kelly
Para Alpine Snowsports
In this week’s Coaching and Officiating Podcast we are joined by Mel Perrine and Bobbi Kelly, who share incredible insights for athletes and coaches alike on the importance of having open communication lines to understand, learn and grow together, and the unique level of trust working as a guide and visually impaired athlete together.
Together, Perrine has won gold and silver in the Women's Super-Combined Visually Impaired 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. Mel’s ambition is to compete in her 4th Paralympics Winter Games in Beijing 2022.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
CEO - AIS
Former 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former a/g CEO Sport Australia
Sport Australia’s former 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.