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Tesch talks to 2GB before the Rolex Sydney to Hobart 

December 17, 2012

A great interview with Andrew Moore on 2GB 873am of Sydney to Hobart crew member Leisl Tesch on her inspirational story, sporting achievements and the low-down on her preparation for the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart on December 26. 



Breeze magazine profiles London-bound Paralympian Liesl Tesch



May 31, 2012



An online lifestyle magazine, Breeze, profiles Liesl Tesch with highlights of her amazing journey from basketball to sailing, her fast-track to international sailing success, and the evolution of Sport Matters and the organisation’s vision for making a difference in developing communities around the world through sport.




Liesl Tesch talks Sport Matters on ABC's Grandstand



May 15, 2012



Liesl featured on ABC's Grandstand on May 15 with an introduction to Sport Matters and news of her and sailing partner Dan Fitzgibbon's success at the World Cup Sailing regatta in France earlier this month - their final preparation in the lead up to the London Paralympic Games.




Sport Matters Launch Website



April 6, 2012



Today Sport Matters announces the launch of their website at coinciding with World Day for Physical Activity.


Sport Matters is an Australian-based non-profit organisation that designs tailor-made development strategies in response to identified community needs in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa.


World Day for Physical Activity was inspired by the Agito Mundo (Move for Health) program in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Health Organisation adopted the model in 2002 declaring 6 April World Day for Physical Activity to celebrate and promote physical activity and health.


Given this year's theme "Together for a Happy and Active Life", today is a significant day to mark the launch of the Sport Matters website, a platform for communication, collaboration and celebration of sport and development. Achieving better health outcomes is an important benefit of participation in sport and physical activity. Health is one of ten development areas that Sport Matters targets to reduce poverty and improve quality of life for people in developing communities.


Sport Matters Co-founder Liesl Tesch said, "We're delighted to launch the site and start connecting with a broad international audience who share our values, passion and belief in the power of sport to make a difference to development and promote human rights."


Tesch is preparing for her 6th Paralympic Games in London 2012 and will compete in the Access Class 2012 Combined World and International Championships in Sydney next week. She then continues her Paralympic preparation in Hyères, France, where she'll compete in the fourth of seven regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series later this month.  


Website designer Nicolas Morris enjoyed the challenge of building the Sport Matters website. 

"For any sort of website, especially one like accessibility is a major consideration," said Morris. "The need for good clean code and an allowance for all types of reading devices pushed me to study up on areas that I had previously ignored.

"I had a great time building this site and hopefully upped my skills on employing best design practice when it comes to accessibility.  For that (and much more), I'm grateful to Jackie and Liesl for getting me on board to help."


Visitors to the Sport Matters website will be able to learn about the Sport Matters team, access information about how sport can make a difference to development and get more involved in Sport Matters initiatives by donating, volunteering and fundraising.


For more information on Sport Matters or to become a partner visit or email


Media contact:  Jackie Lauff, Sport Matters CEO, +61 (0)409 421 765        



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Sport Matters Co-founder Liesl Tesch featured on



March 7, 2012



Hear from Liesl Tesch about her journey in sport, her community values and what it means to her to live in Woy Woy in an inspirational interview featured on Gosford City Council's Community TV.


For a full transcript on Liesl's interview, click here






Sport Matters Website Launch



April 1, 2012



Sport Matters are pleased to announce the launch of their website at


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