• 26 May 2020, 3:30pm to 26 May 2020, 5:00pm
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Join us for a livestream of the fifth National Sport Integrity Forum to hear sports development leaders discussing the opportunities and challenges in returning to sport after COVID-19.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Victoria University share a common goal to promote the achievement of sporting excellence aligned with integrity.

Together with our partners Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and SportsCover, we will host the fifth edition of the National Sport Integrity Forum: Return to Sport: Risks, Rewards, Opportunities and Challenges.

Return to Sport: Risks, Rewards, Opportunities & Challenges

In what was supposed to be an Olympic year, sports organisations, athletes and fans were gearing up for the biggest celebration of sport across the globe. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape and forced closure of sport from grassroots to elite. As social distancing measures start to ease, sport will start the long journey back to the centre stage. But what will the return to healthy activity, community participation and elite sport look like in a post pandemic world?

The Forum will present leaders at the forefront of development in the sports industry in thought-provoking, in-depth discussions on the moral, legal and ethical issues related to playing and spectating sport, providing their views on what might the new business models and exploring how sport can be more fail proof for external shocks such as a pandemic.


Facilitated by Professor Hans Westerbeek, Victoria University, we anticipate a thought provoking, in-depth discussion that will explore the return to sport.

Lynne Anderson

Lynne Anderson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Paralympic Committee in August 2015. The APC was re-named Paralympics Australia in 2019.

Before joining the APC, Lynne was Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Repucom, a global leader in sports marketing research. She started her career as Marketing Manager for the Canterbury Bulldogs Rugby League Club (1993-1997) before setting up her own sponsorship research consultancy with S-COMM Australia and New Zealand.

Lynne has nearly 30 years’ experience helping all sectors of the industry (sports, sponsors, government and media).

Lynne currently is currently the Chair of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club and was also formerly Deputy Chair of the Parramatta Stadium Trust. Former Board roles also include World Masters Games Melbourne 2002, Camp Quality, the Gold Coast Titans NRL Club, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

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David Hughes

Dr David Hughes is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician with over 25 years' experience working in high performance sport. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the AIS and Medical Director for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020/2021. Experience includes Super Rugby, the NRL and English Premier League football.

He attended London 2012 as Team Physician for the Opals and Rio 2016 as Olympic Team Medical Director. He is a former President of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).

Dr Hughes’ current work focus is on system-wide protocols to optimise athlete health & safety, concussion and ethical/integrity challenges in high performance sport.

Wayne Pierce

Wayne Pearce OAM stands as one of the greats of Rugby League’s modern era and a man whose dedication to fitness and health changed the way athletes prepare for the game.

His inspirational rise from hotdog seller at Leichhardt Oval to one of the greatest Balmain players of all time made Wayne a genuine local hero and an idol to thousands of fans. As as a young representative player he would be chosen in one of the greatest touring teams to leave Australia and return as the most valuable player of the 1982 ‘Invincibles’.

Four years later he became the first man to lead NSW to a 3-0 State of Origin Series win. Voted the game’s best and fairest in 1985, the heartache of two losing Balmain Grand Finals in 1988 and 1989 only served to underline his own champion qualities.

Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Rugby League in 1988, Wayne would go on to become the only person to record a clean sweep against Queensland as both a State of Origin player and coach, as well as coaching Balmain and Wests Tigers.

Wayne’s background in team environments, his commitment to personal discipline and his education degree have led him to develop a successful career in corporate Australia fostering team development and he remains one of the most respected commentators on Rugby League. He brings to the ARL Commission a unique blend of corporate and sporting culture as well as a wealth of Rugby League experience gained over one of the most remarkable playing careers the game has seen.

Currently Wayne is head of the NRL’s Project Apollo innovation committee setting a comprehensive set of lifestyle, training and game day protocols they hope will allow the season to resume on May 28.

Leigh Russell

Leigh is an accomplished sports leader, having developed a successful career building, growing and leading across challenging high performance environments, with significant understanding of sport at all levels.

She was the first woman to hold a senior executive position within an AFL Club, and the youngest CEO appointed in Netball Victoria’s history. Leigh also built a successful management consultancy - Inspired Heads, working with sport and corporate organisations around leadership, high performance, governance, building positive cultures and executive coaching. She has previously served as Chair of Tennis Victoria’s Nominations Committee, a Director of the State Sport Centres Trust, and is a former Chair of Women’s Health West and Director of AFL SportsReady.

Leigh serves as a Special Advisor to the Male Champions of Change and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW). She is passionate about mentoring and advocating for women in sport.

David Sharpe
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David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in August 2017 bringing with him 30 years of experience in national and international law enforcement, as well as holding senior positions within professional sport.

Prior to his policing career, David played rugby league with the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League and later transitioned from rugby league to his career with the AFP.

David was on the Canberra Raiders coaching staff in 2001 and 2002 and in 2007 moved to the private sector for two years as the Manager for the Canberra Raiders.

He returned to the AFP in 2009 where he rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner prior to taking up the role as CEO at ASADA in 2017.

On July 1, 2020, David will become the CEO of the newly established Sport Integrity Australia, a body which merges the functions of ASADA, the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) and the national integrity programs of Sport Australia.

Craig Tiley

Craig is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and forward thinking chief executives. His charismatic and passionate nature, together with his business acumen, has leveraged him to the forefront of sports administration.

AO Tournament Director since 2006, Craig was appointed Tennis Australia CEO in 2013 and COMPPS Chair last year. His relationship with the playing group and relentless focus on improvement has transformed the Australian summer of tennis.

Craig has led the introduction of successful initiatives to shift the trending decline in participation with products such as Hot Shots, adult social play, the rollout of digital platforms to increase court accessibility and affiliation reform. Also under his leadership, Australia’s different coaching groups were unified into a single organisation and an additional $300 million leveraged for local facilities.

VU experts for media enquiries

The following topic specialists are available to talk about their areas of expertise in sport, sport business and exercise science.

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

Hans Westerbeek is Professor of International Sport Business and Head of the Sport Business Insights Group. His research expertise is in international marketing and strategic management of sport organisations, and in the field of sport business insights and analytics. He is on a range of advisory boards, has academic appointments in Beijing, Brussels and Madrid and has consulted to more than 50 (inter)national sport organisations including FIFA, the Dutch Olympic Committee, the AFL, Al Jazira Sport and Cultural Club (Abu Dhabi), Cricket Australia and for several overseas governments. He has published more than 25 books and over 200 research and opinion articles.

Phone: 0418 800521
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @R_Eime
BioRochelle Eime

Areas of expertise:

  • Sport participation
  • Sport facilities
  • Sport and health

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

Areas of expertise:

  • Sport business management
  • Sport event management
  • Sport facility management
  • Sport marketing

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

Areas of expertise:

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

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

Areas of expertise:

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

Areas of expertise:

  • Injury and return to play criteria
  • Monitoring training load
  • Over-training/reaching
  • Periodisation
  • Statistics and research design
  • Tapering


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.

Support partners

Lgos of Sport Hall of Fame, Victoria University, Sport Aus, AiS, Sportcover

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