2018 Peel Sports Forum

Resilience in Sport

Peel Sports Forum 2018This popular forum is a must-attend for all athletes, coaches, club committees and those involved in the sporting sector.

  • Guest speaker Rechelle Hawkes has won 3 Olympic Gold Medals as Captain of the Australian female hockey team. Rechelle focuses on the importance of teamwork, how to overcome adversity and owning your sporting ambitions.
  • Sports journalist and commentator Mark Readings is our MC.
  • Panel discussion with Australian swimmer Holly Barratt, paralympic snowboarder Sean Pollard and performance psychologist Jodii Maguire.
  • Brad Scott, Paralympian Silver Medallist presents the tools to develop resilience.
  • New age marketing group Meerkats will give you practical tools and strategies to market your club on a low budget.
  • Comedian and speaker Malcolm Dix from Bullshift will help bring open, honest, straight talk to your club.
  • Retaining youth in sport and why kids should play multiple sports.
  • Learn how to support athletes to build resilience.
  • The power of community clubs to support their members to create a happy and healthy club.
  • Sports Community will change the way clubs think about attracting participants.
  • A practical stretching session with the Peel RegionalAcademy of Sports.
Peel Sports Forum program
  Time Program
8.30-9.00am Registrations
9.00-9.05am Welcome address and Acknowledgment of Country
Mark Readings, MC
9.05-9.10am Official opening
Craig Johnson, Chair Peel Regional Academy of Sports
9.10-10.00am Guest Speaker
Rechelle Hawkes
10.00-10.20am Morning tea
10.20-10.30am True Sport – Official launch in Peel
Claire Scullin, Sport and Recreation (WA)
10.30-11.00am  Panel Discussion
Conducted by Mark Readings
Athletes/students Clubs Clubs
11.05-11.55am Own your sporting ambitions
Rechelle Hawkes
Market like a big brand – with the budget of a little club
Simon Thuijs, Meerkats
Building resilience in your club
Jodii Maguire, Think Performance Psychology
12.00-12.50pm Practical stretching session
Tracey Van der Laan, Peel Regional Academy of Sports
Change your club’s thinking to attract participants
Steve Pallas, Sports Community
Retention strategies for youth in sport
Troy Kirkham, WA Football Commission
12.50-1.20pm Lunch
1.25-2.15pm Building resilient athletes
Brad Scott
Creating a happy and healthy club
Tom Busher, Bunbury Football Club and
Mike Fitzpatrick, Youth Focus
Bullshift – Open, honest, straight talk in your club
Malcolm Dix, Bullshift
2.15pm Finish


Rechelle HawkesRechelle Hawkes, Guest Speaker

Rechelle Hawkes is one of only two Australian women to win Olympic Gold medals at three separate Games. Captain of the Australian female Hockey Team, the Hockeyroos, for eight years, Rechelle’s competed in four Olympic Games, winning three Olympic Gold medals. Rechelle is one of the most decorated female hockey players in Australia, while during her Captaincy tenure of 1993-2000 the Hockeyroos lost only one international tournament.

At the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Rechelle was given the rare honour of reading the Olympic Athletes Oath on behalf of all other athletes competing at the Games. Rechelle and the Hockeyroos played a faultless Sydney 2000 Olympic campaign, winning Gold and firmly establishing the team as the greatest women’s hockey team in the sports history.

A powerful and inspiring speaker Rechelle will tell her story and talk about the importance of teamwork and the need to remain focused to overcome hurdles and stay on the road to success. She provides inspiration and motivation to people from all walks of life through speeches and workshops on leadership, goal setting, teamwork and success. Her message has received commendations from the highest level of business.

Rechelle will also be presenting to the athletes and students about owning your sporting ambitions and making the most of your opportunities to help achieve your goals.

Mark Readings – MC, Sports Presenter

Mark Readings is again our host for the 2018 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.

Brad Scott – Paralympian

“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 speak to athletes and students about what are the tools they can use to develop resilience and how to overcome adversity and use that to become their strength.

Malcolm Dix, Bullshift

Malcolm Dix is a Comedian, Speaker, Bullshift Facilitator and Ontological Coach with over 20

years’ experience in presenting to diverse audiences across Australia and overseas.  Over the years Malcolm has worked with many companies – from global sized organisations, government departments, local councils and not-for-profits, through to small businesses who simply wish to work in a healthier and better way.

Malcolm’s natural energy, insight, empathy and great humour give him the flexibility to present to diverse audiences in a manner that is most effective. He demonstrates the ability to engage with the audience so that they get the most out of the session.

Malcolm will deliver a high-energy, fast-paced and humorous session to explore how you can communicate and work together to achieve better outcomes for your club.

Simon Thuijs, Meerkats

Growing up in Geraldton, Simon played hockey since he was young. In 2015, he founded WA's first LGBTI Hockey Club, the Perth Pythons. His communications smarts helped grow the grassroots club rapidly.  In just two years, the team has represented WA in Sydney and (soon) Paris, has held the first ever Hockey Pride Cup, and is working with Hockey Australia to establish a national inclusion program.  Simon’s voluntary efforts were recently recognised by his selection as a baton bearer in the Queen’s Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

As a business and communications strategist at Meerkats in Subiaco, Simon knows how to help brands stand out as well as making small club’s big ambitions realisable with little time and budget. He dislikes stock standard Powerpoints, so his approach to the marketing workshop will include real case studies, interactive activities and tools to take home with you.  

Simon will be discussing how sports clubs are able to create high impact marketing communications on a low budget to best promote their club. The combination of inspiration and practical advice can make a club market like a big brand… with the budget of a little club.

Jodii Maguire, Think! Performance Psychology

Jodii Maguire is a Director and Founder of Think Performance Psychology. She has spent the last decade working with elite sporting teams, grassroots clubs, coaches, sporting individuals and schools on developing the skills required to help people perform at their best.  

Think Performance is a performance psychology consulting firm focused on performance enhancement, leadership development and wellbeing in sporting and organisational settings. The mission is to assist individuals and teams develop strategies to unleash their best performances, whilst maintaining a focus on wellbeing and mental health.  

Jodii is passionate about making a real and long-term contribution to youth sports by encouraging everyone involved in youth sports to focus not only skills performance but also to develop resilience and confidence of our kids in a fun and motivating environment.

Jodii will explain what clubs, coaches and parents can do to support athletes build resilience. Learn ways your club should behave to support the building of resilience.

Troy Kirkham, West Australian Football Commission

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 12 years ago. Currently as the Executive Manager Engagement & Community Football with the West Australian Football Commission, Troy oversees the development and growth of school and community football across Western Australia.

Troy has had the opportunity to travel internationally 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.

Is your club having difficulties retaining young players? Troy will be discussing the role the coach plays in player retention, understanding what is fun for kids and the benefits of children playing multiple sports.

Steve Pallas, Sports Community

Steve worked as a successful senior financial services executive for 15 years but realised a different vision.  He founded Sports Community which is a one-stop shop for all grassroots sports clubs, where club volunteers and administrators can learn, share and grow. Previously the CEO of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, Steve’s passion for working with local grassroots sports clubs led him to develop Sports Community from just an idea to a multimedia information portal with a thriving online community.

Steve’s interactive presentation will encourage clubs to think “outside of the box” and change the way they think about attracting participants. Clubs will learn how their identified challenges can be overcome by changing their thinking and their expectations on participants and parents, and recognising the changes in consumer preferences. 

Tom Busher, Bunbury Football Club

Tom has an extensive background in community volunteering since his teenage years, firstly, in the rural sector before becoming increasingly involved with AFL.  He has been a junior coach, umpire, team manager and administrator at club level for more than 20 years.  He is serving his 5th year as President of the Bunbury Football Club and is the 2017 WA AFL Volunteer of the Year.  He holds a Bachelor of Business and works as the Community Relations Manager for Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery.

Mike Fitzpatrick, Youth Focus

Mike has a diverse work background as an executive and CEO in local government and as a consultant, trainer and counseller. He has lived and worked across rural WA and has played AFL and coached AFL juniors and seniors. Following the death of his brother to suicide in 2012, he decided to become involved in raising awareness of mental health issues. Since then he has worked at Youth Focus and privately consulted in schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and the corporate sector. 

This presentation by Tom and Mike will help your club foster an environment where it’s okay for athletes and members to ask for help if they need support. The climate of your club can influence and support young people in their life. Learn to recognise when someone is stuggling and how to feel confident to having a conversation with them.  Hear about the positive work being done by the Bunbury Football Club and other clubs to provide support to their athletes and members. 

Tracey Van der Laan, Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS)

Tracey is the current Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Peel Regional Academy of Sports (PRAS). Previously she has coached at Hockey WA across various state and national teams. With several years of experience, coaching high performance athletes, she brings a broad knowledge of sport and coaching.  Tracey holds a degree in Exercise and Sport Science as well as certificates in Strength and Conditioning and Pilates.  

Tracey and two coaches from PRAS will conduct a practical and interactive stretching session for high performance sport. Three rotational sessions will include stretching techniques for pre-competition warm-up, cool down and injury management.

Panel discussion

Enjoy this interactive panel discussion conducted by Mark Readings with Sean Pollard, Holly Barratt and Jodii Maguire who all have different backgrounds in sport.

Sean Pollard, Paralympic snowboarder

In 2014, Sean was attacked by a shark while surfing at a remote beach near Esperance. The young electrician survived, but lost his left arm and right hand. Never one to give up, Sean decided to take up snowboarding. Having skateboarded and surfed all his life, he easily transitioned into the sport. Sean has rapidly risen up the para-snowboarding ranks in the past couple of years, and strong results in 2017 have put him in a good position for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Holly Barratt, Australian swim team

Holly Barratt is from Rockingham and started swimming at the Armadale Kelmscott Swimming Club before joining Swan Hills where she swam six to seven times a week as a youngster, qualifying for one National Age and maybe two Australian Short Course Championships. 

She quit swimming when she was 18 and returned at 24 as an assistant swim coach.  Her competitive side kicked in and three years ago she started to concentrate on the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. 

In 2017 Holly qualified for the Australian swim team in the 100m backstroke at the age of 29, becoming the Australian swim team’s oldest rookie. Holly’s comeback to the sport demonstrates her resilience to qualify for her first World Championship’s team at an age when most swimmers have retired.