Sport Matters Joins With NRL to Celebrate IDSDP 

3 April, 2017

Sport Matters is teaming up with the NRL to celebrate the 4th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

On Thursday April 6, Sport Matters and the NRL will host a morning tea at Moore Park in Sydney, launching a two day social media campaign for IDSDP. 

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates the power of sport as a development tool in driving social change and community development in fostering peace and understanding.

So, keep a close eye on @SportMattersAU and our Facebook page to join the campaign and raise awareness. Get your tweets ready and join us on April 6 as #WePlayTogether for #IDSDP2017

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Sport Matters CEO Travels To Pakistan For New Squash Development Project

March 25, 2017

The Pakistan Squash Federation has launched a new development initiative in collaboration with Squash Australia and Sport Matters. 

The 'Squash Classroom' is a development project proudly supported by the Australian Government - through the Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) program - which will use squash to promote health, gender equality and education for youth in Pakistan.

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Sport Matters Celebrates International Women's Day In Bangladesh 

March 8th, 2017

Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff and BWF trainer Marianne Loh joined with the Shuttle Time Bangladesh team in celebrating International Women's Day in Dhaka.

They were there to conduct a teacher training course for 32 local primary school teachers (100% women!) and took the opportunity to celebrate gender equality with the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, teachers, students & their families. 

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Sport Matters Joins Shuttle Time Nepal For Regional Para-Badminton Workshop

March 6th, 2017

The first BWF South Asia Regional Para-badminton workshop was hosted by Nepal Badminton in association with Sport Matters.

The President of the Nepal Badminton Association, Ramji Bahadur Shrestha, addressed the gathered audience at the opening of the workshop underlining the ability of sport to empower people of all abilities.

Coaches from seven South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the workshop.

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Sport Matters Visits Nepal To Assess Progress Of Shuttle Time

September 27, 2016

Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff and team member Jill Scanlon are in Kathmandu to meet with the Shuttle Time Nepal Project team for an update on the progress of the Badminton development program.

The program is aiming to use the sport of Badminton to promote social inclusion, health and peace-building through the participation of up to 20,000 primary school children across the small nation. 

As the program approaches the end of its first year, it is time to take stock of the progress which has been made. During the week, the team will meet with key stakeholders and visit Shuttle Time Connect schools in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

The project, initiated by Badminton Australia and managed by Sport Matters, is supported through partnerships with badminton's world governing body BWF and Badminton Asia with funding from the Australian Government via its Asia Sports Partnerships Program

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ICSEMIS Conference Takes Place In Brazil Ahead Of Paralympics

September 3, 2016

This week - 31 August to 4 September - 
the third International Convention of Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) is taking place in Brazil.

The ICSEMIS is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together experts from all over the world linked to Sport, Science and Education.

Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff is in attendance and has been invited to make a presentation to one of the symposium sessions, exploring the topic of sport and physical activity as psycho-social support for children and youth in natural disasters and man-made crisis.

Accompanying Ms Lauff at the convention - and contributing to the presentation - is Soraj Ghulam Habib, a young Australian, formerly from Afghanistan, who lost both his legs when a cluster munition exploded near his home in Herat in Afghanistan when he was nine years old.

At the Convention, Soraj will speak about his life growing up in Afghanistan surrounded by war, his family, the event that changed his life, his journey to become an Australian citizen, why sport is important to him and how it has helped him build strength and deal with life’s challenges.

This third ICSEMIS convention is taking place in Santos under the theme “Saying yes to diversity in sport” and has been specifically scheduled to take place between the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

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Sport Matters Co-Founder Heads To Her 7th And Final Paralympics.

September 1, 2016

The 2016 Rio Paralympics begins next week and Sport Matters' own Liesl Tesch will be competing in her 7th and final Games

Having competed in Wheelchair Basketball with the Gliders in her first five Games, Tesch crossed over to sailing in 2012 and won the Gold medal with crew mate Dan Fitzgibbon - a feat the pair will be trying to repeat in Rio.   

Sailing has been dropped from the Paralympics fixture for 2020 and, while disappointed with this outcome, Tesch has decided to call an end to her Paralympic career.

We wish her luck on the water in Rio and will be following her races closely. 



Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Addresses Civil Society Issues At Forum in Fiji.

August 11, 2016

Sport Matters joined a small but powerful team advocating for sport at the PIFS non-state actors forum.  

The Pacific Civil Society Organisation forum was hosted by the PIFS in Suva to help representatives from civil society across the Pacific build skills and capacity in leadership, advocacy & influencing policy. 

Sport was fully on the agenda at the forum and advocates came from Samoa, Palau, Kiribati, New Zealand and Australia.

There was also the opportunity to meet the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor from PNG.