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. 


Big Week For Shuttle Time Project In Nepal

August 5, 2016

The last week of July was action packed for the Shuttle Time Nepal program with all hands on deck to conduct further Tutor training and launch the ST Connect initiative.

On July 26 the adventure began for Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff and Marianne Loh from Badminton Australia as they joined forces with other project partners in Nepal to bring further training to tutors, teachers and school children in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
The initial training sessions included learning about social inclusion, peace and health.

The week ended with the launching of the Shuttle Time Connect initiative linking primary schools in Nepal and Australia. Over 300 students from Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts enjoyed Shuttle Time games with thanks to all project partners including Shuttle Time Nepal, Badminton Australia, BWF and with the support of the Australian Government through the Asian Sports Partnerships program.



Sport Matters Presentation On Sport And Human Rights At UNAA Conference.

July 23, 2016

Two Sport Matters Champions addressed the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) NSW Conference in Sydney on the subject of Sport and Human Rights.

Olympian Hannah Davis and Paralympian Liesl Tesch explored the intersection of sport and human rights in Australia and around the world, discussing sport and values - including those associated with the Olympic & Paralympic ideals. They shared stories of athletes speaking up to promote and protect human rights and how sport is being used to promote positive social change and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals across the world.


Shuttle Time 'Connect' Teacher Training - Australian Style.

July 18, 2016

ShuttleTime teacher training got underway on the Gold Coast in support of the BWF Shuttle Time Nepal project.

12 Australian teachers from 7 Primary schools across the Gold Coast took part in several days of instructuon in badminton and the purpose and focus of the Shuttle Time program in Nepal.

This is the first step in our new Shuttle Time Connect project which was launched in Kathmandu the following week. ST Connect will link primary schools in Nepal & Australia through sport. Badminton Australia's Marianne Loh was in charge of the teacher training sessions.


Sport Matters co-Founder Liesl Tesch Is Off To Her 7th Paralympic Games.

July 15, 2016

Sport Matters is very proud of its co-founder and SM Champion Liesl Tesch who, this week, was named in the Australian Paralympic Sailing team to go to Rio.  
This will be Liesl's 7th Paralympics having won two silver medals and one bronze captaining the Women's Wheelchair basketball team between 1992 and 2008 and then bringing home a gold medal in sailing from London 2012.

With team mate Dan Fitzgibbon, Liesl will be out to defend their Olympic title in this the last Games in which sailing will be included - having been introduced in the Sydney 2000 Games.


Sport Matters is proud to be involved in the Shuttle Time Nepal project.

June 2, 2016

Since its launch in February, Shuttle Time Nepal is now well underway. 
Sport Matters is very proud to be a partner in the Shuttle Time project currently underway in Nepal in association with BWF, Badminton Australia, Badminton Asia and the Nepal Badminton Assoc.

Shuttle Time is the BWFs schools badminton program and with the support of the Australian Government through its Asia Sports Partnerships program, Nepal is the newest addition to the Shuttle Time family.   




Sport Matters' partnership with Badminton in Asia is well underway.

June 1, 2016

Over the past two months, Sport Matters has been in Nepal and China working with the Badminton World Federation and partners on the Shuttle Time project.  
With ST Nepal well underway, CEO Jackie Lauff and President of the Nepal Badminton Association Ramji Bahadur Shrestha, were invited to the recent BWF Member Forum and AGM 2016 in Kunshun, China to address the forum and share the progress of Shuttle Time NEPAL and deliver a presentation on ‘Partnerships and Inclusion in Sport’.

Part of the presentation was a video on the Shuttle Time Nepal project which was shared with the global BWF community at the forum.

One of the special aspects of the get together was the Women in Badminton meeting. 

Badminton Australia's Geraldine Brown led the meeting which explored a new strategy from BWF and its members to enhance and support gender equality in badminton. Dr Sharon Springer from BWF's Development team, also presented a detailed gender analysis looking at governance and development in badminton.


Sport Matters visits Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur for Shuttle Time Nepal

May, 2016

Over two weeks in late April, Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff and team member Ryan Murphy embedded themselves in the activities of the busy daily lives of those delivering the Shuttle Time project on the ground in Nepal.   
They observed and took part in the ST training for teachers in Pokhara with over 120 school children from 11 schools participating in badminton lessons as well as peace and health workshops which were followed by having some fun practicing their newly developed skills and playing games. 

On April 25, a special day on the calendar for both Australia and Nepal, Sport Matters joined an ANZAC Commemoration with HE Glenn White, Australia's Ambassador to Nepal, New Zealand High Commissioner, Director of Peace Keeping Operations from Nepal Army and the Commander of British Gurkhas Nepal at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu.It was a very special service that included a reflection on the devastation of the Nepal earthquakes which occurred just one year earlier. 

During that week, Sport Matters delivered a sport celebration in Bhaktapur for over 600 primary school students from 20 schools with Shuttle Time badminton games along with workshops on peace, health and art.

Jackie and Ryan also joined the Nepal Olympic Committee for a candle lighting ceremony to honour the 9,000 people who lost their lives in the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.



The UNOSDP releases SDG poster series for IDSDP 2016 

April 1, 2016

Wednesday April 6 is the 3rd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and the UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace has designed a poster series reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals.  
The UNOSDP is promoting this year's IDSDP through a poster series which reflects all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a view to raising awareness of the SDGs and encouraging the continuing discussion about them. IDSDP posters.


Sport Matters looks forward to celebrating the 3rd IDSDP. 

March 22, 2016

Sport Matters is preparing for the annual celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.  
On Wednesday 6 April, the Sport Matters team will be joined by its Champions and partners, participating in a massive international social media campaign celebrating the occasion of the IDSDP.  The call is going out over the next two weeks for members of the public to join this celebration by writing 'Why sport matters to them'. 


Sport Matters attends the Parliamentary Sports Festival dinner in Canberra. 

March 14, 2016

Sport Matters was part of an evening event in Canberra this week which focussed on the Road to Rio and Women in Sport.  
On Monday night, CEO Jackie Lauff joined the Parliamentary Friends of Sport in Canberra to celebrate the Road to Rio and Women in Sport together with Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Members of Parliament & Senators & friends of sport from the Olympic and Paralympic movements. 


Sport Matters joins other partners to launch Shuttle Time Nepal. 

February 29, 2016

Sport Matters is proud to have been a part of the international launch on Monday of the Badminton World Federation's next Shuttle Time program -- in Nepal.  
CEO Jackie Lauff joined dignitaries and representatives from local and international Badminton associations in what was a great celebration and occasion.

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

CEO of Badminton Australia Paul Bretell has passed on Badminton Australia’s warm regards to all in Nepal for the successful launch of the Shuttle Time Nepal program.

He emphasised how appreciative Badminton Australia was to receive funding support from the Australian Government through the Asian Sports Partnerships program and has paid tribute to the project partners -- Badminton World Federation, Badminton Asia and the Nepal Badminton Association -- for the manner in which all have so enthusiastically embraced the initiative.


Sport Matters CEO joined champion Pat Farmer for a bit of exercise! 

February 25, 2016

Sport Matters CEO, Jackie Lauff, dropped in to India on her way to Nepal (more on that visit coming soon!) to join Pat Farmer on his incredible ‪Spirit of India Run‬. 

Pat is running the length of India for 60 days using sport to make a difference in girls education and bringing two countries closer together. Click on the following link to view Jackie's snapshots of her time with the Sport Matters'champ. 


Sport Matters champion Pat Farmer doing what he does so well! 

February 17, 2016

Pat Farmer is putting one foot in front of the other doing the Spirit of India Run, using sport to make a difference and promoting health and education in India.

He will be running from the southern-most tip, to the northern-most tip of the country. The journey will cover over 4,600 kms, 80kms per day for 66 days straight.

He is doing the run in support of girls education through the K.C. Mahindra Trust, a local organisation that is "changing India, child by child".

It is a battle of both body and mind but Pat Farmer has never been defeated by a challenge he has taken on.

Sport Matters is proud to have Pat as a Champion of the organisation and will be following his every step.


Sport Matters welcomes a new member to the Team

February 2, 2016

Sport Matters is delighted to announce the newest addition to our Board! 

Jade Dixon joined our leadership team in December as a Non-Executive Director. Jade is a Chartered Accountant, a Director in the Outsourced CFO team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) in Sydney, and Chair of the Sydney Societal Relevance Executive at PwC.

Jade's appointment is the culmination of a national recruitment process through PwC's OnBoard program.

Welcome aboard Jade!


Indonesian DPOs visit Sydney for work and play

January 30, 2016

Sport Matters had the great pleasure in hosting a group of 22 visitors from Indonesia in January who arrived in Sydney to take part in a short course titled ‘Organisational Leadership and Management Practices for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO)’ offering information, advice and guidance on how to expand their capabilities working with people with disabilities.  


They were all from various organisations which have roles in research, advocacy and support for people with a disability in Indonesia.

The course was delivered by Australia Awards Indonesia in conjunction with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) and in consultation with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and co-ordinated by the NGO Sport Matters.

But it was not all about sitting and learning – there was also time made for getting away from the ‘classroom’ environment.
The group was warmly welcomed at a reception at the majestic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) with an introduction from Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff, followed by speeches from attending dignitaries, among them the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP – Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Immigration and I Nengah Latra, the Managing Director of the Puspadi Bali Foundation, who spoke on behalf of the course participants.

The visitors were also taken on a tour of the beautiful and iconic stadium, courtesy of the SCG Trust, and shown how the venue has worked to be all inclusive, making it possible for people with disabilities to attend sport at the ground.

Over the duration of the course, the participants were informed and educated through workshops focusing on leadership and management -- highlighting the need to build confidence and capacity of emerging leaders within the disability field, encouraging advocacy for the rights of those with disabilities.

Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff was supported in her presentation about Sport and human rights by the two guest speakers who followed – Curtis Palmer (four time Paralympian in Wheelchair rugby) who addressed the issue of using sport to speak up for your rights and Darren Fittler (Non-profit lawyer) who spoke to the group about Governance.

In the second week of the course the visitors ventured out to experience the vibrancy of Sydney as the city celebrated Australia Day -- including watching the OZ Day 10km Wheelchair Road Race after which they had the thrill of meeting some of Australia’s top wheelchair Paralympic athletes including Kurt Fearnley.

As the afternoon wound down, the visitors spent time wandering around the Yabun Indigenous Cultural Festival and then ended the day enjoying food, drink and conversations with new friends, among them Australian Paralympic gold medallist and co-founder of Sport Matters, Liesl Tesch.
The course was conducted with the strong support and collaboration of the SCG Trust, the Primary Club, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and of course, Sport Matters.