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Sport Matters Inaugural Conference: Celebrating the Impact of Sport for Development

Friday 18th October 2013
Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra
9am – 4.30pm




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Sport Matters Professional Development Workshops

Thursday 17 October 2013

Workshop 1: Program Delivery   12pm – 2pm

Applying participatory approaches in sport for development


Workshop 2: Monitoring and Evaluation   2.30pm – 4.30pm
Simple tools to measure impact in sport for development


The practical workshops will feature in our 2014 conference and we welcome your input into the topics and workshop format. Contact us at if you have specific recommendations or suggestions about things you would like to learn about sport for development.







This one-day conference featured a spectacular line-up of speakers. Click HERE to view the final conference program.



The conferece MC was Sport Matters Board Member Belinda Barnier and conference organisers included Sport Matters team members Amanda Babet, Tionette Stoddard and Curtis Palmer. The conference was hosted in association with the Centenary of Canberra and with the support of ACT Government, Aspen Medical, Radford College and Embassy of Timor-Leste. Professor Keith Lyons kindly recorded the conference making it possible for the conference content to be open source.





Conference Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Chris Mastaglio


Chris Mastaglio
Country Director
Child Fund Laos


Chris has a Master’s Degree in Rural Development and has been working overseas for more than 10 years, with more than 8 of those spent in Laos.  He is the Country Director with ChildFund Laos, the representative office of ChildFund Australia and has been working with them for more than 4 years.  With a strong interest in sport for development, he has been involved in activities from national physical education curriculum development to grassroots delivery of sporting opportunities.  He is a keen rugby fan and a strong advocate for the power of sport to effect positive change, especially for girls and young women.


With a strong interest in the use of sport for development, ChildFund Laos is working with communities to provide participation opportunities through supporting peer to peer activities and also by working in partnership with the Lao Rugby Federation.  These two different models of delivery have provided a number of insights into what works and of course, what does not work.  Our keynote will share some of the successes and failures of these approaches and bring in personal insights from communities into the power of sport to effect change.  With a strong focus on the participation of girls and young women and a commitment to better understand the experiences of girls and young women in sport, the presentation will also question the relevance of some of our measures of development effectiveness and explore the difficult issues of sustainability and measuring change in sport for development programming.



Ms Lao Khang


Ms Lao Khang

Youth Leader

Nonghet, Laos


Lao Khang is a young woman from Namkonngoua village in Nonghet, one of ChildFund Laos' partner villages.  She is currently an intern with the Lao Rugby Federation learning about the sport of rugby and coordinating monthly sport for development outreach activities in Nonghet, as well as providing training for schools and institutions in Vientiane.  She is a role model for young women in Nonghet and is an example of the power of sport to effect change for young women in rural areas.  She was recently selected to represent the Lao Women's National Rugby team and is interested to share her experiences of sport in her life and why she believes sport is important for girls and women in rural and remote communities.

Click here to view the video of Chris Mastaglio and Lao Khang's keynote presentation (coming soon!)

Watch the "It's more than sport" video showcasing the sport for development activities of ChildFund Laos (coming soon!)









Official Welcome


Jackie Lauff
Sport Matters

Jackie Lauff is a sport and development practitioner who has worked in various roles within local, national and international sport organisations in Australia, Fiji, Germany and China. Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University and a Master of Adapted Physical Activity with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She has coordinated international seminars on Sport in Post-Disaster Intervention and Sport Leadership, and also lectured at the Australian College of Physical Education in Inclusive Coaching. Jackie is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium, the Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney and a reviewer for the International Journal of Sport and Development. Currently, Jackie is CEO of Sport Matters and is based in Sydney.


Kevin Thompson
Director of the National Institute of Sport Studies
The University of Canberra

Professor Kevin Thompson BSc (Hons), M.MED.SCI, PhD, FBASES is Director of the University of Canberra, National Institute of Sport Studies.  He was previously Head of Sport Studies at UC and before that Head of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Director of the Sport Enterprise Unit and Co-Director of the Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing research centre in the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University, UK.  In 1994, he began supporting elite athletes working as a full-time sport scientist with the Welsh Institute of Sport providing physiological support to Welsh national teams including the Welsh rugby union team and the Elite Cymru scheme which included Olympic medallists and world record holders from a range of sports.  He developed a particular expertise in supporting swimmers and judo players.  Following a period of lecturing and course leadership at UWIC, Cardiff (1997-1999) Professor Thompson returned to working full-time in high performance sport holding a number of positions in elite athlete support including Director of Sport Sciences and Regional Manager – Northern regions at the English Institute of Sport (2002-2009) and Manager of Coaching, Sports Science and Sports Medicine at the Welsh Institute of Sport (1999-2002).   He is a BASES Fellow, BASES High Performance Sport Accredited Physiologist Specialist and a former Chair of the BASES Sport and Performance Division.  Professor Thompson has served as an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Sport Sciences and the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance and as an Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Sports Sciences.  He has published numerous articles on sport physiology and sports science support.

Click here to view the video of Kevin Thompson's opening address and view his presentation slides here


Marc Purcell
Australian Council for International Development

Marc Purcell is the Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), a position he has held since mid-2009. Marc has worked for 18 years in the community development and human rights sectors in Australia starting out working with intellectually disabled people in transition programs to independent living. Marc has held the role of Advocacy Manager with Oxfam Australia and the Executive Officer with the Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace. He worked as Country Program Manager for Africa for Australian Volunteers International watching over volunteers in 13 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa and over sighting HIV and AIDS peer education programs in Southern Africa.  Marc has also worked with UNHCR in Nepal assisting Tibetans, and researched China’s global rise and impacts on developing countries for Oxfam Hong Kong. Marc is a board member of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, and is on the Board of the National Roundtable of Non Profit Organisations. He has served on the Boards of the Refugee Immigration Legal Centre, A Just Australia, and Catholic Social Services Victoria. Marc has a first class honours degree in Arts and a Master of Arts in Burmese History from Monash University.

Click here to view the video of Marc Purcell's opening address. 





Break-out Sessions




Martin Roberts   
Senior Sports for Development Consultant
Australian Sports Commission

Martin Roberts is a Senior Sport for Development Consultant at the Australian Sports Commission. He has managed Australia's National programs in Elite Coach Education and Athlete Career Education at both the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport. Martin has developed and overseen the successful delivery of over $20m in Australian Government funding in Sport for Development initiatives in the Pacific, India and the Caribbean. He is a post graduate level coach and recognised authority in the area of sport development and sport for development. Martin is a dual Olympian (Swimming 1988, 1992), triple Commonwealth gold medallist, Australian Sports Medal recipient and is an inductee of the Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Hall of Fame. Martin holds degrees in Sports Science (University of Canberra) and Psychology (Australian National University) and is married with three children.

Click these links to view Part 1 and Part 2 of the video of Martin Roberts presentation and click here to view his presentation slides.  



Daryl McMahon                    
Regional Director
Austraining International

Daryl studied a double degree in Communications (Journalism) and Sports Administration at Charles Sturt University where he enjoyed an active university life. He was actively involved in the university’s Sports Council which had responsibility for management and coordination of all organised sports and in addition to this Daryl was a member of the CSU Rugby Club. In 2004 Daryl travelled to Laos with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program to work with the Laos Rugby Federation (LRF) as a Development Officer, he then further extended his time in country through what is now known as the Australian Volunteering for International Development (AVID) Program. This was sports development at a grass-roots level and Daryl feels privileged that he was able to play a small role in the early development stages of the LRF, including co-managing the first National Men’s Team of the Laos PDR in 2006. In 2007 Daryl joined Austraining International in the role of Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator before moving on to the Business Development Unit in 2008. In 2011 he commenced in his current role Regional Director overseeing the management and implementation of Austraining’s activities in Indonesia and Timor Leste. Daryl is a strong advocate for the role of sport in development and will continue to identify opportunities where sport can be used as the medium for achieving broader development outcomes.
Check out Daryl McMahon's presentation video and presentation slides.


Nick Savaidis - It’s a question of ethics: choosing fair-trade sports equipment
Jinta Sport

Click here to view Nick Savaidis' presentation slides.





Franck Castillo            
Head of International Relations & Social Responsibility
Oceania Football Confederation

Franck Castillo is head of International Relations and Social Responsibility for the Oceania Football Confederation as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Youth and Sports Conference. After a Masters in Communication, Administration and Marketing, 8 years as a general hotel Manager in France and in Tahiti, Franck became CEO of a Youth confederation in Tahiti. During 5 years he developed social programs for children and youth included sport activities.
He joined OFC in 2008 to organize the first Pacific Youth and Sport conference in New Zealand to talk about sport for development with 1000 participants from 25 Pacific countries and designed in 2009 a sport for development program called Just Play in partnership with the Government of Australia and UEFA using football as a development tool.

Click here to view Franck Castillo's presentation slides.


Will Glenwright - Tackling development issues with rugby union in the Pacific
IRB General Manager for Oceania
Oceania Rugby

Click here to view Will Glenwright's presentation slides.





Ali Fahour 
National Diversity Manager 
Australian Football League  

Ali Fahour is the National Diversity Manager at the Australia Football League and has extensive experience in the Multicultural sector and AFL football. He played football for over 20 years and spent eight years playing in the VFL. Ali Fahour began his professional career as a teacher at an Islamic College in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. In 2005 he joined Essendon Football Club as a Multicultural and Education officer developing curriculum to engage the multicultural community with AFL football. After two years he joined the commercial and sponsorship team at Essendon Football Club for five years where he subsequently engaged a number of long term corporate partnerships with the club. In 2011 he returned to the community sector to head up the AFL’s Multicultural Program as the National Manager where he has engaged the community with AFL through leading a national strategy. He is currently the National Diversity Manager overseeing the Multicultural and Indigenous national programs.

Click here to view Ali Fahour's presentation slides (coming soon)


Steve Meredith 
Social Inclusion Programs Manager 
NRL One Community 

Steve Meredith is the Social Inclusion Programs Manager of NRL One Community. He has a Bachelor of Education (Health & Physical Education) from the Australian College of Physical Education. In 2006 he made his debut with the Sydney Roosters and has since held various community development positions including Youth Worker for disengaged youth, Multicultural Development Officer with New South Wales Rugby League and Community Engagement Officer. Steve was born in Samoa and now lives in Sydney and tries to keep up with his three year old daughter. He has a strong passion for using the social power of sport to empower communities.   

Click here to view Steve Meredith's presentation slides.


Brad McCarroll 
Program Manager
Football United  

Click here to view Brad McCarroll's presentation slides.





Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste      
Lecturer & Founder of Football United
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

Dr. Anne Bunde-Birouste is Founder and CEO of Football United. She also is the Convener of the Health Promotion at the UNSW Graduate School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Anne has over 25 years of international practice, policy and advocacy work with focus on health and development, practice-based research, she has focused on health and peace-building, community participation in health, participatory applied research in innovative health promotion approaches for working with disadvantaged groups. Anne has a keen interest in positive social change and working with disadvantaged youth. She applied her skills to meet these passions in Football United, which she founded as a result of her phd study, and has fostered ever since. The Football United program promotes social inclusion and human rights for disadvantaged youth and their families using soccer/football as the vehicle. The program has won numerous awards including the 2012 Australian Parliamentary Community Sports Award, the inaugural  New South Wales Building Inclusive Communities Award and the 2010 Australian National Human Rights award for the television documentary “Football United, Passport for Hope”. In October 2012 the program launched “Playing for Change” ground breaking international research on the impact of a football for social change program, object of an ARC grant awarded in 2008. Begun with one program in 2006, the program now reaches 22 sites in three states of Australia, and a new program in Myanmar.

Click these links to view Part 1 and Part 2 of the video of Anne Bune-Birouste's presentation and click here to view her presentation slides.  


Dr Kate Armstrong - Young People & the NCD Epidemic - Action Needed!      
Executive Director 
NCD Child

Kate Armstrong (B Med, DCH, MPH) is the Founder & President of CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours), an Australian-based NGO formally associated with the UNDPI/NGO. CLAN is committed to a rights-based, community development approach to improving health outcomes for children who are living with chronic health conditions in resource-poor countries. With a background in clinical and public health medicine, Kate has been involved in the work of CLAN since 2004, and is currently undertaking her DrPH on the challenges facing children who are living with Nephrotic Syndrome (a chronic kidney condition that affects children) in Vietnam. Since late 2010 Kate has been a part of international advocacy efforts to promote children and adolescents within the global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) discourse. CLAN is the inaugural Secretariat for NCD Child, an independent global coalition of individuals and organizations committed to promoting a life-course approach to NCDs, health and development.

Click here to view Kate Armstrong's presentation slides.


Dr Stephanie Hanrahan
Associate Professor
The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Stephanie Hanrahan is the convenor of the sport and exercise psychology programs in the Schools of Human Movement Studies and Psychology at The University of Queensland. Stephanie has published 12 books (including Sport for Development, Peace, and Social Justice.), 33 book chapters, and over 100 articles. She has made hundreds of presentations at professional meetings and to community organisations. Currently Stephanie’s main research focus is using games and mental skills training to enhance the life satisfaction and self worth of marginalised youth. Excluding conference-related activities, she has run workshops in 10 countries. Stephanie is a fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. As a registered psychologist she has worked with individuals and teams from all levels of sport (able-bodied and disabled), Aboriginal performing artists, Mexican orphans, teenagers living in poverty (e.g., in the slums of Buenos Aires), and former gang members.

Click here to view Stephanie Hanrahan's presentation slides and watch her Raza Nueva video.




Nelson da Silva - The impact of sport-based activities of the National Rehabilitation Centre in Timor-Leste
Program Manager
Centro Nasional de Rehabilitasaun 

Nelson da Silva is a Program Coordinator at the National Rehabilitation Centre (formerly known as ASSERT) in Timor-Leste. Nelson is a prosthetics and orthotics specialist who delivers physical rehabilitation to many patients in Timor-Leste living with the effects of cerebral palsy, club foot and polio and many others. He was integral in introducing the sport-based activities at the National Rehabilitation Centre which are now embedded in the Centre’s provision of rehabilitation services.

Click here to view Nelson da Silva's presentation slides.


Chelsea Huggett  
Acting Executive Officer 
Australian Disability and Development Consortium

Chelsea Huggett is the Acting Executive Officer of ADDC (the Australian Disability and Development Consortium). Chelsea has extensive experience in disability advocacy both in Australia and overseas and is the Policy and Advocacy Officer at CBM Australia. Chelsea specialises in disability inclusive development and worked in community eye health in Timor-Leste for two years. She has a law and journalism degree and is currently completing her masters of international health.  

Click here to view Chelsea Huggett's presentation slides.

Peter Downs   
National Manager, Play by the Rules
Australian Sports Commission 

Peter Downs is currently National Manager of Play by the Rules, an initiative that promotes safe, fair and inclusive sport. He was Manager of the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit for 17 years and was responsible for a number of significant national programs aimed at providing more opportunities in sport for people with disability. He is founding Director of a health promotion charity, called The Inclusion Club, providing online resources and training on the inclusion of people with disability in sport. He has also been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the hallmarks of inclusion in the US, UK and Finland in 2014.”
Click here to view Peter Down's presentation slides.




Dr Sandra Heaney-Mustafa & Dr Robert Fitzgerald
The University of Canberra

Doctor Sandra Heaney-Mustafa is a member of the Australian Institute of Sustainable Communities (AISC) in the then Faculty of Education Science Technology and Mathematics, University of Canberra. Her career began as a nurse and midwife where she worked for several years in developing countries teaching health workers, midwives and traditional birth attendants. This experience led her to community development and she again spent several years working in a development capacity in countries such as Sudan. She completed a doctorate entitled A Reconceptualised Pedagogy: Education for Health in 1995 at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Since 1999 she has worked as a research academic teaching in the area of social and community studies. During this time she has co-facilitated with Barbara Chambers workshops on leadership and advocacy skills for Sudanese, and Ghanaian Community Leaders and run workshops for young men as part of the White Ribbon Campaign – men against violence - for the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA). She is currently working with John Spriggs, Barbara Chambers and Robert Fitzgerald on an ACIAR-funded project in Pakistan entitled Social Research to Foster Effective Collaboration and Strengthen Pro-Poor Value Chains.

Click here to view Sandra Heaney-Mustafa & Robert Fitzgerald's presentation slides.


Dr Patrick Kilby   
Lecturer of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
Australian National University

Click here to view Patrick Kilby's presentation slides (coming soon)






Research Round Table


Dr Emma Sherry
Lecturer, Centre for Sport & Social Impact
La Trobe University

Emma Sherry is a Senior Lecturer within the La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact, specialising in the area of sport management and sport development.  Emma has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business (Sport Management) and PhD at Deakin University.  Emma's PhD studies investigated conflict of interest in the Australian Football League, and her current research interests include community development through sport activities, such as the Homeless World Cup and street soccer programs. Other recent research has included the role of disability sport programs, regional and rural sport provision, sport in correctional facilities, sport and social capital, sport and recreation for at-risk and marginalised communities, community benefit of sport facilities and barriers to female sport participation.  Outside of her academic career, Emma has worked in roles in the area of sport facility and event management and recreation management within the local government and university sport sectors.  Emma is also the Secretary of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) and sits on the vicsport Board.

Check out Emma Sherry's presentation video and presentation slides.

Dr Nico Schulenkorf
Lecturer Sport Management
University of Technology Sydney

Dr Nico Schulenkorf is Senior Lecturer for Sport Management at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). His research focuses on the social, cultural, psychological and health-related outcomes of sport and event projects. He is particularly interested in the role of sport in contributing to social development within and between disadvantaged communities. For over a decade, Nico has been involved in sport-for-development and health promotion programmes in countries such as Sri Lanka, Israel and the Pacific Islands. Nico is Co-Founder and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sport for Development.

Click here to view Nico Schulenkorf's presentation slides.


Sally Nathan
Convenor of Community Development & Qualitative Research Methods
The University of New South Wales

Sally Nathan’s career has been focussed on what it means to effectively engage consumers and the community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making. Sally uses innovative methodologies and mixed methods to capture complex social processes and social change combining qualitative and quantitative data. Sally was the first Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage funded three-year grant: Social Cohesion through Football (2009-2011), a quasi-experimental impact study investigating the implementation of a sport for social development program over three years. The study examined the processes and impacts of the program on individual wellbeing, peer, prosocial and cross cultural relationships in areas with high humanitarian refugee settlement with key findings recently published in BMC Public Health

Click here to view Sally Nathan's presentation slides.






Panel Session


Jutta Engelhardt 
Head of Sport and Development
International Platform on Sport and Development

Jutta Engelhardt is the Head of Sport and Development at the Swiss Academy for Development. She studied political science, English language and literature, and Russian philology in Freiburg, Breisgau and at UofT in Toronto, Canada. She also pursued courses in solution-oriented management and evidence-based project planning. From 2000-2007, Jutta Engelhardt worked in the Netherlands as Director of International Programmes and was member of the Management team at Foundation Mainline - an organisation active in the area of prevention of infectious diseases associated to drug use. She managed and coordinated various prevention and awareness-raising projects in Eastern Europe and in Asia. Since May 2008, Jutta Engelhardt manages the Sport & Development unit at SAD and is a member of the Management team at SAD.



Sophie Beauvais
Director, International Sport for Development Participation and Sustainable Sports
Australian Sports Commission

Sophie Beauvais is the Director of, International Sport for Development at the Australian Sports Commission. 
Over the past two decades, she has garnered international aid development expertise and senior management experience covering areas such as development policies, sports development and community engagement.  Sophie is passionate and committed to international development programs that positively transform and enrich individuals and communities from around the globe and through sport. 
Educated in Canada and in Australia, Sophie holds a Master of Arts (Modern History) – with a Focus on International Economy and International Aid Development.

The panel also featured Chris Mastaglio, Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste and Jackie Lauff and their biographies are listed above.






Summary Report

Click HERE to view a Summary Report prepared by Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff giving a wrap up of the inaugural Sport Matters conference. (Coming soon)






Conference Photos

Click HERE to view a selection of photos from the conference in our Facebook album.






Panel Session

Click HERE to watch the recording of the live panel session that featured Jutta Engelhardt from the Swiss Academy for Development, Chris Mastaglio from ChildFund Laos, Sophie Beavais from the Australian Sports Commission, Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste from the University of New South Wales and Jackie Lauff from Sport Matters.

The panel was moderated by Sport Matter Board Member Michael Pilbrow and explored key issues in sport for development including safeguarding children, social inclusion, effective partnerships and future directions. The panel session was broadcast live around the world.






WHY SPORT MATTERS Photo Competition

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