• 23 July 2019, 5:30pm to 23 July 2019, 8:00pm
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
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The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Victoria University and Sport Australia share an important goal to promote a fair, safe and strong sport sector free from harassment, discrimination and corruption.

Together we will be hosting the fourth National Sport Integrity Forum on the opening night of the National Sports Convention on Tuesday 23 July, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Attendance is by invitation.

The Rise of Athlete Rights: The Fair Play aGENDER

The rise of the individual athlete's voice in seeking to establish and advocate their rights is now a key driver of both public opinion and sport policy.

Athletes like South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya are making headlines in Australia and around the world as sport grapples with balancing athlete rights and what is fair.

Restrictions resulting from IOC Rule 40, and equity of broadcast and sponsorship revenue distribution are now being challenged globally and closer to home, as athlete and player unions grow in voice and force.

While attendance is by invitation only, anyone can watch the forum livestream on these sites:

Panel of experts

A transitioned woman, to progress to professional level Mianne Bagger lobbied the main professional golf tours around the world in 2003 to request the “female at birth” eligibility criteria be overturned, in favour of broader medical and science-based understanding of physiological impacts of transition.

In 2004, rules were changed on tours in Sweden, Ladies European Tour, Australia, UK and South Africa, granting Mianne access to compete professionally. She enjoyed an 11-year touring career throughout Europe and Australia with a number of top 10 finishes.

A former Socceroo captain who played 29 times for the country, Craig Foster is one of the most respected broadcasters, commentators and contributors of the game in Australia.

When not covering FIFA World Cups of both genders, Craig works in the sphere of social justice through programs with refugee and Indigenous children, using football to provide life opportunities.

Life Member, former CEO and Chairman of PFA (Professional Footballers Australia), the representative body of Australia’s professional players, Craig is a refugee and human rights ambassador with Amnesty, sits on the Australia Committee for Human Rights Watch, Advisory Board of the Australian Institute of Human Rights, UNSW and the Australian Multicultural Council, Federal Government.

A winner of 18 Australian titles over 400m, 400m hurdles and 800m, Tamsyn first competed for Australia as a 16-year-old at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. She won the 2008 world indoor 800m title and competed at three Olympic Games in the 800m and missed a spot in the final at the Sydney Olympic Games by just one place.

She is part of the Channel Seven Olympic and Commonwealth Games commentary team.

Dr Bridie O'Donnell MBBS is the inaugural head of Victoria’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, established to increase the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to senior leadership roles.

After early success as an elite rower and in Ironman Triathlon, Bridie took time out from her medical career to take up full-time cycling at the age of 35, quickly rising through the ranks to represent Australia at three world road cycling championships.

Brendan Schwab is an Australian lawyer with expertise in labour and human rights law, organising, collective bargaining and dispute resolution, particularly in professional team sports after 25 years leading major player associations and representing elite athletes in Australia and around the world.

In July 2015, he was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of World Players, which unites over 100 player associations based in more than 60 countries.

James Tomkins was elected an IOC Member in 2013 and is currently a member of three IOC Commissions – Athletes’, Olympic Program and Marketing. Tomkins is Australia’s most decorated rower of all time. Competing in six Olympic Games, Tomkins rowed in three events: the coxless four, men’s eight, and men’s pair, winning three gold and one bronze medal.

Tomkins won seven world titles and is the only rower in history to win world titles in every sweep oar event.

In his sixth and final Olympics in London in 2012, James was awarded the honour of being Australia’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremony and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame later that year.

For the past three decades Tracey Holmes has worked in journalism and communication. She has anchored her own programs on radio and television in several countries and is a published author. Tracey’s work has been broadcast on some of the world’s most respected media platforms (ABC & SBS Australia, CNN International, CGTN China, Arirang TV Korea).

As an educator Tracey has designed programs for, and lectured at, UTS, AFTRS, the Asian Broadcasting Union and is lead mentor for the IOC’s Young Reporters Program. She has twice been named as a finalist in Australian journalism’s most prestigious awards, the Walkley’s. Her weekly sports issues podcast, The Ticket, is a finalist in the 2019 New York Radio Awards.

The Panel discussion will be complemented by front-row topic specialists including:

  • Kim Brennan AM - Olympic gold medallist; Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  •  Matti Clements - Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Sport – Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement
  •  Dr David Hughes - Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport; Medical Director, Australian Olympic Team
  • Steve Johnson, CEO, Wellbeing Science Institute
  • Dr Sarah Oxford - Sociologist, Victoria University; expert on gender and inclusion in sport
  • Professor Julian Savulescu - Co-Director, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities University of Oxford
  • David Sharpe - CEO, ASADA
  • Associate Professor Michelle Telfer, Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)
  • Kate Schildberger – Deputy General Manager - Sport Integrity, Sport Australia.

VU topic specialists

Phone: +61 3 9919 9473
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @westerbeekHANS
Bio: Hans Westerbeek.

Areas of expertise:

  • Business of football (soccer)
  • Commercial development of sport
  • Destination marketing/branding through major sport events
  • Social value of sport
  • Sport business and sport marketing
  • Strategic management of sport and sport organisations.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4435
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Eric Schwarz

Areas of expertise:

  • Authentic and ethical leadership in sport
  • Transformational leadership in sport
  • Organisational change and sport.

Phone: +61 3 9919 9264
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DoctorEWE
Bio: Elisabeth Wilson-Evered

Areas of expertise:

  • Authentic and ethical leadership in sport
  • Transformational leadership in sport
  • Organisational change and sport.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4683
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Ramon_Spaaij
Bio: Ramon Spaaij

Areas of expertise:

  • Exclusion and inclusion in sport
  • Sport and community development Anti-terrorism and major sporting events.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4383
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @hanlonclare
Bio: Clare Hanlon

Areas of expertise:

  • Women in sport
  • Gender and sport
  • Encouraging sport and physical activity
  • Active living.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4238
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Michael Burke

Areas of expertise:

  • Abuse and harassment in sport
  • Drug use by athletes
  • Equal opportunity legislation and sport
  • Ethics and sociology of sport
  • Ethics of coaching
  • Sexual consent.

Sarah Oxford

Areas of expertise:

  • Sociology of sport
  • Sport for Development and Peace
  • Sport Gender and Development
  • Community Development.


Presenting partners

Sport Australia

Sport Australia promotes equal access to sport at all levels of competition by all persons.
Sporting organisations can seek to protect the values of sport and the rights of all people to participate in a safe, fair and inclusive manner by taking an inclusive, human rights approach within their own governance and operational frameworks. This is inherently valuable to the 14 million Australians who participate in sport annually.
Sport Australia is committed to promoting an environment that fully respects human rights by sharing knowledge, building capacity, and strengthening the accountability of all stakeholders through mutually agreed actions and values-based outcomes.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Established in 1985, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame aims to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport, and to inspire the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and life. With a vision and values built around the words of the first Inductee and Legend, Sir Donald Bradman AC, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence, as represented by its 565 Members across all sports.
Sport faces many new and challenging frontiers, and the values of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame are more relevant today than ever before, being courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence and excellence, underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition.

Victoria University

Victoria University’s outstanding reputation in sport is underpinned by a long tradition of extensive course offerings, major research, international partnerships, state-of-the-art facilities and expert academic staff from around the world.
Victoria University offers over 40 sport-related courses, from undergraduate to postgraduate, that span exercise science to sport management, integrity, youth work to sport engineering and fitness to nutrition.
Importantly, Victoria University has world-leading academic staff and deep industry collaborations on matters of integrity in sport. Victoria University delivers the Masters of Sport Business and Integrity, the only sport integrity course offered in Australia.

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