September 29 - October 1 2014
School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)




Join us in Brisbane to share the latest innovations in sport for development in Australia and around the world!  

Our keynote speakers are:

INSPIRE: Dr Marion Keim – Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
UNITE: Ollie Dudfield – General Manager at Vicsport (Melbourne) and former Sport for Development adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat & UK Sport
CHANGE: Dr Marianne Meier – Project Officer at Terre des Hommes (Switzerland)

Click here to view the conference flyer.



Registration is now OPEN for delegates to join our Inspire.Unite.Change. 2014 Conference in Brisbane. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us down under!
Collaborate with like-minded professionals, engage in the latest debates on sport for development in Australia and around the world, and connect with experts, practitioners and researchers who are setting the agenda and harnessing the power of sport to make a positive impact on development.  

The Conference

The 2nd Inspire.Unite.Change. Conference in 2014 will bring together outstanding sports leaders and development practitioners from around the world, to share and discuss sport for development and it's impact in Australia and internationally. 

The three-day event (29 Sept – 1 Oct) will include practical workshops, breakout sessions and plenary sessions and expert panels, hosted by some of the world’s most distinguished sporting greats and specialists and researchers in the field of Sport and Development.  

What will you learn?

The event will share best practices and skills from around the globe, and celebrate the achievements of those who have successfully implemented lasting social change programs.  Sessions will look at the role of sport in development, and how individuals, organisations, NGO’s and governments are making sustainable change in their communities.  Attendees will also learn practical application tips from monitoring and evaluation experts, who will share their insights on what it takes to really measure impact and how these techniques are improving all the time.

Topics for the conference sessions include:

Behaviour change through sport
Cross-cultural Communication
Disability Inclusion
Monitoring & Evaluation
Economic Development
Safeguarding Children
Athletes as Role Models
Gender-based violence

Who will speak?

Our first confirmed keynote speaker is Dr Marianne Meier. Dr Meier will be sharing her insights in the world of global Sport & Development, from her more than ten years of experience. She is currently working for Terre des Hommes International Federation as head of project for 'Children WIN - Changing the Game of Mega Sporting Events’ ( Dr Meier has built her truly global experience through both work and research in Europe, Southern and Eastern Africa, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Colombia.

Sport Matters Champions

Meet Sport Matters Champions who are passionate advocates on a range of sport for development areas:

Liesl Tesch AM: six-time Paralympian and Sport Matters co-founder
Pat Farmer: ultra marathon runner and former Member of Parliament

In addition to keynote speaker presentations and plenary sessions, the conference will also offer attendees the opportunity to choose streams that best suit them and their roles, through workshops, breakouts and practical how-to session. More topics will be announced soon.

Who should attend?

Up to 150 people will join the conference in Brisbane, to learn, share and network with each other, from all corners of the world including:

Development practitioners, staff and volunteers – from national and regional sport federations, NGOs, government and civil society organisations
Athletes and sportspeople – with an interest in international and community development 
Public sector delegates from health, education, community development and sport 
Private sector delegates with an interest in Corporate Social Responsibility
Researchers and other students from the field
Other members of the public interested in how Sport and Development go hand in hand.

Why sport and development?

Sport has never been more on the global development agenda than it has in 2014, as the year that welcomed the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April).  

In the words of the United Nations, “Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and participate….. Sport plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.”

The Twitter hash tag for the conference is #inspireunitechange





Registration is open now for the Inspire.Unite.Change. 2014 Conference in Brisbane! There are plenty of registration options to suit your needs:

Conference & Workshop Package – STANDARD $895
This ticket provides the best value across all three days of the Inspire.Unite.Change 2014 conference, and incudes access to:
Two workshop sessions on Day 1 of the conference from a choice of four topics AND
Conference registration that includes welcome reception, two-day conference program at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and a conference dinner at Brisbane City Hall.
Conference & Workshop Package – CONCESSION  $745
To access the concession rates please email a copy of your valid student or concession card to and present the card when signing in at the conference. Please contact us if you have specific queries on concession conditions.
Conference Registration – STANDARD $795
This option provides you with full access to the welcome reception and two-day conference program at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and a conference dinner at Brisbane City Hall. This ticket does not include workshop sessions.   
Conference Registration – CONCESSION $645
For concession card holders, this option provides you with full access to the welcome reception and two-day conference program at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and a conference dinner at Brisbane City Hall. This ticket does not include workshop sessions.   

You can register to attend the workshop sessions only on Monday 29 September:
Attend one session for $75 or both for $140 from a selection of four topics.   

You can also register for a day if you can’t join the whole conference - for either Tues 30 Sep or Wed 1 Oct:
Day rate - $400 (or $300 for a concession)

This free workshop will explore 'Challenges & Best Practice' in Sport for Development and will provide an opportunity for people to participate in the conference who are unable to join in person in Brisbane. The session will be conducted on GoToMeeting and will have a series of short presentations from conference speakers followed by an opportunity for people around the world to share and discuss challenges and best practice in the field.

You must register on-line to receive log-in details and workshop agenda. The pre-conference workshop session will also be recorded and shared online.








Sport Matters Professional Development Workshops

Monday 29 September 2014 -
School of Human Movement at The University of Queensland


Workshop A: Participatory Approaches to Development    10am – 1pm
Learn practical development tools that you can apply in sport for development that promote full and active participation across cultural and linguistic divides.

Jackie Lauff, Sport Matters

Workshop B: Monitoring and Evaluation   10am – 1pm
Measuring effectiveness is an important component of program design. So you have collected a bunch of data on your program. What now?
Dr Marianne Meier, Terre des Hommes &
Dr Emma Sherry, La Trobe University

Workshop C: Disability Inclusive Development   2pm – 5pm
Including those who are most marginalised can be challenging in less resourced settings. Learn how to use sport to break the cycle of poverty and disability, and challenge the way you think and feel about disability.  
Jackie Lauff, Sport Matters

Workshop D: Cross-cultural Communication   2pm – 5pm
Sport for development is all about building people to people links so communication is vital. How can you effectively plan ahead to avoid some of the pitfalls of cross-cultural communication?

Dr Stephanie Hanrahan,
The University of Queensland








The conference program for Inspire.Unite.Change. 2014 is jam-packed with learning activities, thought-leaders in sport for development and networking opportunities.

Click HERE to view the conference program.

Workshop session 1 – 10am – 1pm                The University of Queensland
Workshop session 2 – 2pm – 5pm                  The University of Queensland
Welcome reception 6.30pm – 8.30pm             Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Conference program 9am – 5pm                     Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
‘Island Style’ Conference Dinner 6.30pm         Brisbane City Hall 
Conference program 9am – 5pm                     Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Conference program includes:
Opening ceremony, keynote addresses, break-out sessions, plenary panel sessions, symposia, practical participatory opportunities and a closing ceremony. Please the conference program is subject to change.





Conference Speakers

There is an exciting line up of speakers heading to Brisbane for Inspire.Unite.Change. 2014 including for starters:

Key Note Speakers

INSPIRE: Dr Marion Keim

Dr Marion Keim directs the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sports Sciences and Development (ICESSD) at University of the Western Cape and is an associate professor in the Social Transformation and Peace program.

She is a founder and the Chairperson of the Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development, Training Advisor for Women for Peace Western Cape and an Advocate for the High Court of South Africa, certified in Mediation and Sports Law. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Sport and Recreation and the Eminent Person’s Group for Sport and Transformation, for the Minister of Sport and Recreation, South Africa.

The ICESSD contributes to the understanding and advancement of sport as a tool for development and peace in South Africa and Africa through high quality research, teaching, community engagement and new technologies.

UNITE: Ollie Dudfield -

Ollie Dudfield has wide ranging experience in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) policy design, strategy and partnership working.
He recently completed a multi-year posting at the Commonwealth Secretariat leading the organisation’s SDP projects and policy development work across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Ollie joined the Secretariat from UK Sport where he was the International Development Manager in the organisation’s International Development through Sport (IDS) team.

Over his career Ollie has worked in partnership with a range of UN and inter-governmental agencies, national governments, NGOs and sport organisations on strengthening sport and development policy and strategy. He has served on multiple SDP advisory panels and inter-agency working groups and is the co-author of The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development through Sport, endorsed by Commonwealth Sport Ministers.

Ollie is currently the General Manager at Vicsport, the peak body for sport and active recreation in Victoria. In this role he leads Vicsport’s extensive capacity building and government relations work, which includes a strong focus on strengthening diversity and inclusion across Victorian sport.

CHANGE: Dr Marianne Meier - 

Dr Marianne Meier has worked in the area of ‘Sport & Development’ for more than ten years with a focus on diversity, gender, empowerment, football, and ‘monitoring and evaluation’ (M&E).

She holds a PhD in sport pedagogics and published her thesis on sporting role models in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally, she obtained a double major in history and political science studying in Fribourg and Berne/Switzerland, North Carolina/USA, Siena/Italy and Munich/Germany.

She is currently working for ‘Terre des Hommes International Federation’ as head of project for ‚Children WIN - Changing the Game of Mega Sporting Events’ ( Furthermore, she is teaching at Swiss and German Universities.

In her previous position at the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD), she cooperated with NGOs and conducted workshops and evaluations in Sri Lanka, Morocco, Colombia, Europe, and mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. At the Technical University of Munich/Germany she was coordinating an EU project on sport and physical activity as psycho-social interventions in cooperation with ICSSPE, Danish Red Cross, and SAD.

She is an Executive Board member of IAPESGW, Advisory Council member of ‘Women Win’, Board member of ‘Terre des Hommes Schweiz’, and SAD associate.

Sport Matters Champions

Liesl Tesch

 Liesl is a six-time Paralympian and co-founder of Sport Matters who is passionate about disability inclusion.

Pat Farmer

 Pat is an ultra-marathon runner and former Member of Parliament and an advocate for peace.


Here are some maps to help you find your way between the conference venues:


A: Brisbane City Hall
B: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
C: The University of Queensland


Getting There

Here is some useful information to help you plan your journey to Brisbane:
Airport Transfers
Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are approximately 20km north east of the Central Business District (CBD), a 15 to 20 minute drive. Visitors can reach the central business district by taxi, shuttle bus or train.
The taxi fare from the city centre is approximately A435 – $40 which includes a $3 fee for taxis departing from the airport. To calculate your fare please visit Black and White Cabs (133222) or Yellow Cabs (131924).
Airport Shuttle Bus
Buses connect the CBD and airports. A single transfer starts from $16 with Coachtrans (, which departs the airports and Roma Street Transit Centre (CBD) every 30 minutes. All major city hotels are serviced on request.
Airtrain services run frequently from Brisbane Airport to the centre of Brisbane and the express, air-conditioned journey takes only 20 minutes. The airport stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International terminals and connect with 5 stations covering 80% of downtown Brisbane. The fare from the airport to the Brisbane CBD starts from $16. Pre-book at (and receive a 10% discount on your fare).
Brisbane Public Transport
For information on Brisbane’s public transport network, please visit the translink website (
Further information about transport
For more information about getting to and from the airport, please visit the Brisbane Airport Corporation’s website (
Visa Applications
International delegates please note: You will need a visa to enter Australia.
All international visitors to Australia (the sole exception being citizens of Australia and New Zealand travelling on Australian and New Zealand passports) must obtain a visa in advance. You are urged to apply for a visa not later than six weeks prior to travel. Residents of many countries may now apply for a visa online, others will need to apply at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. For information on how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please go to the Department of Immigration Website (
You will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before you apply for a visa.



Here are some suggestions for hotels that are easily accessible from the conference venues:

Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
 Ph +61 7 3364 0800
Rates: Queen Room from $199/night

Rydges Southbank has offered our conference delegates a group booking rate. To access this rate, use this dedicated link to book for the Sport Matters conference. If you’d like to stay for a longer period than offered via this booking page, please contact Rydges reservations directly by phone +61 (0)7 3364 0800 or to make your booking and you will still be offered the group booking discount.



Riverside Hotel Southbank
20 Montague Road
South Bank
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
+61 7 3846 0577
Rates: Standard Hotel Room from $109.00
Metro Hotel Tower Hill
239 Wickham Terrace
Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph: +61 7 383 2 1421 (Toll free 1800 80 6553)
Rates: Executive Rooms from $139.00
Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane on George
103 George Street
Brisbane, Qld, 4000
Ph. (07) 3221 6044
Rates: Deluxe Queen Room from $129.00/night
Mantra South Bank
161 Grey Street
South Bank
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Ph: +61 7 3305 2500
Rates: Standard Room from $289.00
Royal on the Park
Cnr Alice & Albert Streets
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Ph. +61 7 3221 3411
Rates: Deluxe City View King Room from $191.20 /night
Novotel Brisbane
200 Creek St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph: +61 7 3309 3309  
Rates: Standard Room from $220.15
Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot Street
4000 Brisbane
+61 7 3835 3535
Rates: Superior Room from $276.00


Photo Competition

Enter the International Photo Competition to Show how sport has inspired, united or changed your community! Be in the running to win some great prizes including a GoPro camera to capture the sporting action in your community.

Entries are open now! Download the entry form and reads the Terms and Conditions and submit your entry before Friday 19 September. The finalists will be selected from our panel of judges including:

Jutta Engelhardt, Swiss Academy for Development (Director of the International Platform on Sport and Development)
Phil Blom, Sydney Sports Photography

Send a caption & description with your entry form to tell the story behind your photo. Photos will be judged on composition, colour, originality, creativity & impact. The photo competition is in conjunction with Sport Matters ‘Inspire.Unite.Change.’ Conference. First, second & third place winners will be announced at the ‘Island Style’ conference dinner on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at Brisbane City Hall.       

CLICK HERE to see and share the Photo Competition Flyer




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