Peel Sports Forum

Challenges of Sport
Peel Sports Forum program
Time Session
8.30am – 9.00am Registrations
9.00am – 9.05am Welcome Address and Acknowledgment of Country – Mark Readings, MC
9.05am – 9.10am Official Opening – Ron Alexander, Director General, Department of Sport and Recreation
9.10am – 10.00am Guest Speaker – Brant Garvey
10.00am – 10.20am Morning tea
10.20am – 10.50am Coaches Panel Discussion – Conducted by Mark Readings
Streams Athletes/Students Clubs stream 1 Clubs stream 2
10.55am – 11.45am

Take Your Opportunity
(Brad Scott)

Reacting to the Negatives
(Peter Downs, Play by the Rules)

Keeping Kids in the Game
(Jodii Maguire, Think! Performance Psychology)

11.50am – 12.40pm

Preparing to Play
(Lyn Foreman)

Making the Media Work for You
(Sasha Jones, Blue Dog Communications)

Everybody’s Game
(Lauren Reid-Dornbusch and Nicole Toia, Communicare)

12.40pm – 1.10pm Lunch
1.10pm – 2.00pm The Media and You
(Sasha Jones, Blue Dog Communications)

Leading the Way – Negotiating with Influence
(Sasha Burnham, Veraison)

Playing for Life
(Dr May Carter, Department of Sport and Recreation)

2.00pm Finish

Brant Garvey

Grant GarveyGuest speaker

Known by most West Australians as the HBF guy, Brant’s unique life experiences, indomitable positivity and a “no excuses” mindset have led him to outstanding achievements time and time again. 

Whether it’s the multiple first place finishes at paratriathlon world championships or when he was the first above knee amputee to compete as an Ironman Triathlon in Australia, Brant’s stories of the challenges he has overcome motivate and create change. 

Brant and his stories have motived athletes and non-athletes around the world to dream big and achieve their goals. He’s particularly passionate about interacting with schools and communities, as children are the most rewarding, yet challenging audience members he encounters.

Master of Ceremonies

Mark Readings

Mark ReadingsSports Presenter 

Mark Readings is our host for the 2017 Peel Sports Forum.  He’s an experienced journalist and TV presenter at Channel Seven Perth, having worked in the industry for more than 25 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 the netball at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and in more recent times, 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 five years, Mark has been an AFL commentator and hosts the coverage in Perth for radio station, 6PR.  He joined Channel Seven in 2014 and is the resident sports presenter for Sports Extra, a dedicated segment on Today Tonight and hosts Channel Seven Perth’s locally-produced and live AFL show, Footy Fix on Friday nights.

Coaches panel discussion

Enjoy this interactive coaches’ panel discussion conducted by Mark Readings with four experienced coaches from diverse coaching backgrounds.  Find out what drove them to becoming a coach, what are the challenges, how do they develop their young players and the transition for some from athlete to coach.

Brad Dodd 

Brad DoddDevelopment Coach, Peel Thunder Football Club

Brad Dodd has over 15 years experience in the AFL, WAFL and SANFL environments. Brad played 50 games for the Fremantle Dockers as well as over 100 games in the WAFL for Claremont and East Fremantle. Brad started coaching at Senior WAFL level in 2010 under Simon McPhee at Claremont. He was a part of the 2012 WAFL Premiership coaching team. He then coached at Senior and Colts level at East Fremantle, taking over as Interim Senior coach in 2015. 

Brad spent 2016 in South Australia, as full time Development Coach at the North Adelaide Football Club. That program recently had 6 players drafted in the 2016 National and Rookie Drafts.

Holding his Level 2 AFL coaching accreditation, Brad has recently been appointed as Head Development Coach at Peel Thunder Football Club.

Dale Nielsen

Head Coach Netball, South West Academy of Sport

Winning Netball WA coach of the Year in 1997 and 2014, Dale is recognised as a top performing coach in her sport. Coaching, she has taken out the WANL Premiership three times, has coached the state Under 19 team, and was the assistant coach to the open state team. She was an integral part in developing a grassroots program in the South West and Wheatbelt and is a Netball WA selector and Netball Australia presenter.

Joe McCarthy 

Peel Regional Academy of Sports

With 15 years in high performance sport in WA, Joe McCarthy knows what it takes for junior athletes to reach elite levels in their sport.

His passion is the development of athletes and the creation of environments where each athlete can maximise their potential. A high performance culture is essential for athletes to fulfil this potential.

Joe has a Master’s in Sports Management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise science.  He holds a Master professional qualification in tennis coaching and currently owns 2 local tennis academies.

 Currently the project manager of Peel Regional Academy of Sports, the High Performance manager for Westcycle and a presenter for the WAIS developing champions program, Joe will answer your questions on coaching and developing your athletes.

Ryan Spencer 

Ryan SpencerHead Coach, Peel Aquatic Club

Regionally based Peel Aquatic Club Head Coach, Ryan Spencer, has excelled at dramatically raising the level of performance in Regional Western Australian swimming. Over a 5 year period at Peel Aquatic Club, he developed sixteen swimmers to qualify and compete at the prestigious Australian Age National Championships. Seven of those swimmers achieved a top 10 ranking in Australia for their events, while one achieved a silver medal in the Men’s 17/18yrs 100m Breaststroke.

Peel Aquatic Club has remained the dominant force under Ryan's strong coaching program. Since 2011, the club has won the annual Country Pennants competition for six consecutive years, keeping them in top spot within Regional Western Australia Swimming.


Brad Scott 

Brad ScottParalympian 

“The only restrictions we have are the ones we put on ourselves.”

As a child, all Brad Scott wanted to do was play sport, any sport, with the dream of one day wearing the green and gold. But at the age of 12, Brad's doctor suggested that with his mild cerebral palsy, his body may not have the ability to handle the demands of sport. That didn’t deter him, it only motivated the Bunbury-bred boy to play more sport.

Brad Scott is a three-time Paralympian and triple Paralympic Games medallist. He’s a middle distance runner who has competed at Paralympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio and the IPC World Championships in New Zealand, France and Qatar. 

Now studying to become a primary school teacher his passion is to coach, develop and guide junior athletes. 

Brad will discuss how to tackle adversity and challenges in your life, how to overcome these mentally challenging times and make good decisions and take every opportunity to reach your full potential.

Jodii Maguire

Think! Performance Psychology

Jodii Maguire, Director of Think! Performance Psychology, is a leading performance psychologist and wellbeing practitioner. In her sporting work, Jodii divides her time between elite level, semi professional and grassroots programs, focussing on developing athletes to perform at their best, whilst paying attention to wellbeing and mental health factors.

Jodii also works with organisations, leaders, administrators, coaches and parents to bring together a shared vision for team culture, performance and wellbeing in sporting and commercial organisations.

Last year, Jodii’s presentation at the Peel Sports Forum was well acclaimed and this presentation will tackle the subject of why kids leave sport. What are the top 10 things coaches and parents can do to keep kids in sport? Jodii will provide the strategies for coaches and parents to keep kids in sport.  Plus evidence-based understanding to the debate about 1st, 2nd, 3rd or medals for everyone? 

Lauren Reid-Dornbusch and Nicole Toia 


With almost a quarter of Australians having been born overseas, Australia is a multicultural country that embraces shared values.  Your sporting community can benefit greatly by incorporating cultural diversity into your club by attracting different Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) community members to your sport. 

Presented by Lauren and Nicole, Communicare’s Get Active Project Officers, you’ll learn strategies to engage CaLD groups into your club. Armed with an overview of migration statistics for the Peel region, this will assist in identifying migration trends and the predominant cultures for your club to engage with. This session will give you information on how to target these groups and make them feel welcome at your club. It will also look at pathway programs at all levels and show opportunities these give to engage children and young people in sport.

Lauren and Nicole have a wealth of experience in developing physical activity for CaLD youth. Lauren has co-authored two academic journal articles and has a passion for adolescent health.  Nicole has worked in health promotion and now focuses on breaking down the barriers for youth to play sport.

Dr May Carter

May CarterDepartment of Sport and Recreation

May has academic qualifications in recreation and leisure studies, social science and environmental management.

Over the past three decades she has worked as consultant, researcher and lecturer in community development, recreation planning, parkland planning and health promotion.

In her current role at the Department of Sport and Recreation, May is responsible for developing policy and partnerships with state and local government and community organisations to encourage participation in active recreation.

May will challenge your sporting organisation to think a bit differently about what and how you deliver sport.  How can your club’s focus be tailored to meet the needs of particular groups to encourage more people to participate in your sport? Think outside the box and get more people active in your club.

Lyn Foreman 

Lyn Foreman400m hurdles champion and Level 5 Athletics Coach

Lyn Foreman is a former champion hurdler who competed for Australia. She was the national 400m hurdles champion four times between 1979 and 1981 and qualified for the 800m in Seoul. Lyn was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for outstanding services as an international athlete and since as a coach and team official. She previously held the position of head coach for track at WAIS and currently runs her own RunJumpThrowProgram in Primary Schools. Lyn is the National Junior Hurdles Coach, Coach Education Manager for Little Athletics WA and a Coach Education Facilitator for Athletics WA. 

In this practical session, Lyn demonstrates how to prevent injury and prepare your body for maximum performance.  

Peter Downs

Peter DownsPeter is currently Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative that promotes safe, fair and inclusive sport. Previously Peter was manager of the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit for 17 years and Assistant Director of the ASCs Integrity Unit for 2 years.  He is also founding Director of The Inclusion Club – a not-for-profit health promotion charity that shares models of best practice on inclusive sport to a world wide audience and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the hallmarks of inclusive practice in sport and recreation in the US, UK and Finland in 2014. 

Learn how you react and respond positively to negative behaviour on the field and how your club should respond immediately following incidents of abusive behaviour.   

Sasha Burnham

Sasha BurnhamVeraison

Back at the 2017 Peel Sports Forum by popular demand, this year Sasha Burnham will explain how you gain credibility to effectively influence your committee members, club members and key stakeholders and negotiate as a leader in your sporting community for win/win outcomes.

Growing up in Regional Western Australia, Sasha learnt the importance of meaningful relationships. She now thrives on working with people to achieve substantial outcomes for their professional, personal and community life. She has worked with government and corporate organisations including BHP Billiton and City of Stirling.  

Sasha Jones

Sasha JonesBlue Dog Communications

Sasha has over 20 years experience as a publicist, working on events such as the Rottnest Channel Swim and the HBF Run for a Reason.  She has managed media for the West Coast Fever and provides media training to high profile clients. 

In The Media and You, Sasha explains to athletes and coaches how to gain the media’s attention, how to prepare for interviews, what to wear and exploring angles. Be prepared for a practical session with Q&A demonstrations! Plus, a basic overview on do’s and don’ts for social media. 

Making the Media Work for You targets committee members. How can your club gain the local media’s attention? What angle can you use to get that story? Sasha will demonstrate what the media is looking for with practical sessions on writing for the media and how to develop your club’s relationship with local journalists. Plus how to get your club’s social media profile noticed.