2017 Sports CONNECT Queensland Network Forum

2017 Sports CONNECT Queensland Network Forum

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you






8:30 am
4:30 pm
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
Jenny Frowd
(07) 3253 3333

The Sports CONNECT Queensland Network values partnerships that lead to opportunities for people of all abilities to be active contributors within sport and healthy activity communities. The annual forum brings together key stakeholders from the sport, disability, health, education and government sectors to drive inclusive opportunities within Queensland.

This year’s forum will be held on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games that will host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history. The Sports CONNECT Queensland Network is the perfect support structure to encourage sustainability of inclusive sport options for people with a disability long after the Games have concluded.

Explore the impact of inclusive sport on the lives of people with a disability and the community from a dynamic range of speakers at this forum.

The Compass Room
Southport Yacht Club
1 MacArthur Parade,
Main Beach, Gold Coast
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RSVP: By 26 February at http://bit.ly/2018SCQForum
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Guest Speakers

Keynote: Colonel Richard Mallet

Colonel Richard Mallet
Director Adaptive Sports Program, Australian Defence Force

Colonel Richard Mallet has served for over 34 years in the British Army and Australian Defence Force. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy – Sandhurst and the Australian Command & Staff College.

A military helicopter pilot, parachutist and physiotherapist, his service has included duty in the Falkland Islands & South Georgia, Europe, East & Southern Africa, the United States & Canada, the Middle East and Cyprus.

Richard has served twice in Afghanistan as an embed with the US military; once as a multi-national team lead in Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in 09/10 and again in 15/16 in southern Afghanistan leading the Security Force Assistance component of the Resolute Support Mission.

Colonel Mallet is currently the Director Adaptive Sports Program.

Richard’s presentation “Recovery and reintegration: the impact of adaptive sports on the lives of wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women” will inspire the Sports CONNECT Queensland Network to consider its important role in connecting people with a disability to their communities through inclusion in sport and recreation.

Hamish MacDonald, National Athletics Coach

Hamish MacDonald
Six-time Paralympian and National Athletics Coach

Hamish has 24 years’ experience as part of the Paralympic Athletics team including 10 years as a residential scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Hamish competed at six Paralympic Games and five World Championships between 1992 and 2012. In 2010, Hamish competed at the Delhi Commonwealth Games finishing with a Bronze in the Men’s F34 Shot put.

After retiring from athletics in 2012, Hamish has been part of the National team coaching staff at the 2015 and 2017 IPC World Championships and the 2016 Paralympics, producing three world championship medals and one Paralympic medal.

Hamish is employed as a Project Advisor at the Australian Sports Commission and was a member of the former National Sports CONNECT Network. Hamish will share his experience as a Commonwealth Games athlete and national coach challenging the audience to consider how to integrate para-sport programs into their own service delivery.

Arnae Burton, Office of the Commonwealth Games

Arnae Burton
Director Legacy Programs and Partnerships
Office of the Commonwealth Games, Queensland Government

Arnae leads a team of 10 in the Queensland Government’s Office of the Commonwealth Games, delivering a range of legacy initiatives in the lead up to, during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Arnae has been involved in Games legacy programs since mid-2016, in particular to build and deliver a $2 million program to inspire more Queensland children and adults to participate in sport and active lifestyles long after the Games.

Arnae has worked within the Australian and Queensland Governments for 16 years and is an avid netball (and Firebirds) fan

Gerard Corbett, National Disability Insurance Agency

Gerard Corbett
Acting Director Stakeholder Engagement
Queensland South, National Disability Insurance Agency

After 20 years’ experience working across the disability sector in both the NGO and state government sectors, Gerard began working with the NDIS in the Geelong Trial Site in Victoria in 2013. When the Barwon Region established an engagement team in early 2014 Gerard moved across from his service delivery role and took on a number of portfolios including education, justice and sport and recreation.

Since moving to his current role with the NDIA on the Gold Coast, Gerard continues to work alongside community groups to ensure people have a good understanding of the Scheme and an understanding of the most accurate place to find information to ensure that they have the easiest journey possible into the Scheme.

Gerard and his team also support other sectors including health, aged care and child safety with an understanding of the Scheme.

Gerard is keen on exploring the idea of ‘What is genuine inclusion?’ and is passionate about making the community a more inclusive place.

Dom Courtney, QORF

Dom Courtney
Executive Officer
QORF (Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation)

Dom is the Executive Officer of QORF – Queensland’s peak body for the outdoor recreation sector. Dom is passionate about improving access to places and increasing opportunities for all people to participate in outdoor activities in Queensland.

Dom recognises that there is plenty of work to be done to improve accessibility, and sees QORF’s role as helping with solutions to these issues through collaboration and increased understanding.



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