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This year’s keynote speaker is Greg Hire, former Perth Wildcats star and mental health advocate. The event will allow you to network with others from the industry and give you the opportunity to learn more about funding and grants, how to attract more volunteers, developing wellbeing in your club and much more.  The program also includes an Officials Panel discussion and is an event not to be missed!

The Coaches Forum is a must for all coaches to attend to improve your knowledge and network with other coaches. The forum includes presentations from coach Shawn Redhage, four times NBL champion and former Perth Wildcats player and Jamie Douse, South West Talent and Coaching Manager, WAFC, and AFL Program Manager and Coach for the South West Academy of Sport (SWAS).

8.30am to 9.00amRegistrations 
9.00am to 9.05amWelcome address and Acknowledgment of Country – Mark Readings, MC 
9.05am to 9.10amOfficial Opening – Kim Ellwood, Executive Director Sport and Recreation, DLGSC 
9.10am to 10.10amGuest Speaker – Greg Hire 
10.10am to 10.30amMorning tea 
10.30am to 10.45amPeel Regional Academy of Sport (PRAS) – Tracey van der Laan 
10.45am to 11.30am
Officials Panel Discussion – Conducted by Mark Readings
Jacqui Jashari, Netball umpire
Matthew Hall, Cricket umpire
Alisha Joynes, Hockey umpire
Megan Thompson, Basketball coach
11.30am to 12.30pm
Where is the money?
Ian Crawford, Candor Training and Consultancy
How to activate your community
Anna Hill, Hancock Creative
12.30pm to 1pmLunch 
1.05pm to 2.05pm
Attracting time and talent
Denver D’Cruz, Inclusion Solutions and Jamie Hunter, Mandurah
Mustangs Integrated Football
Developing wellbeing in your club
Jodii Maguire, Think Performance Psychology
2.10pm to 3.10pm
Building a positive club culture
Amy Coombe, Bullshift
3.10pm to 3.15pmForum close and networking 


Greg Hire — Guest Speaker

Greg Hire holding a basketball

Our guest speaker is former Perth Wildcats star and mental health advocate, Greg Hire.

The Vice-Captain of the 2013/14 and 2016/17/19 NBL Championship winning team the Perth Wildcats, Greg Hire is described as the workhorse of the NBL. Greg has played over 234 games in the National Basketball League winning four championships along the way. Beginning his career with the Perth Wildcats as a Development Player, he was upgraded to a contracted position the following season. Greg has overcome many obstacles to feature as an integral part of the Wildcats success.

Off the court, Greg has launched his own charity, A Stitch in Time, which has been acknowledged for their impactful work in the community.  Greg also works as an ambassador for Youth Focus, a charity which supports youth who are struggling with mental health issues. His passion – which stems from his upbringing and life experiences – saw him win a Pride of Australia Medal in the ‘Inspiration’ category. In 2018 he was named as West Australian of the Year in the Youth Category for his work in the youth suicide prevention field.

Greg will share his story of success which is the result of hard work, commitment and a relentless attitude.  He has overcome many challenges and is a rare individual whose off the field accolades rival his on court accomplishments.  Greg is a passionate speaker who will deliver his message in an entertaining, informative and refreshing style with humour.

Mark Readings, MC — Sports Presenter

Mark Readings

Mark Readings is again our host for the 2021 Peel Sports Forum.  He’s an experienced journalist and TV presenter at Channel Seven Perth, having worked in the industry for more than 29 years.

Mark has reported on a host of sports spanning from AFL games and Grand Finals, Ashes Test matches, the Sydney Olympics, through to the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Mark has commentated AFL games for the Nine network, as well as netball at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympics.  He was the face of sport at Channel Nine Perth for 18 years, presenting weekend and weekday sport for their news bulletins.

For the past 8 years, Mark has been an AFL commentator and hosts the coverage in Perth for radio station, 6PR.  Mark also commentates AFL games from Perth for the Melbourne radio station SEN 1116.  He joined Channel Seven in 2014 and hosts Channel Seven’s live AFL show, The Game, and hosts and commentates Channel Seven’s WAFL coverage.

Ian Crawford — Candor Training and Consultancy

Where is the money?

Ian Crawford

Ian will present a dynamic and informative workshop covering essential funding and grant information including:   

  • How to source the right funds and grants for your organisation?
  • Learn the secrets of significantly increasing your chances of securing grants and funds for your organisation.
  • How to make grant writing simple, easy and even fun!
  • What is the one question you need to ask before commencing ANY application?
  • What is the one phone call that can dramatically increase your chance of success even before you put pen to paper.
  • How to follow up on applications that will see your best chance of success.

Ian is a dynamic, experienced and knowledgeable presenter who simultaneously educates and entertains in his quest to develop high-performing organisations and strong leaders.

During an early career in global sports development, Ian developed skills to significantly influence a diverse range of athletes and teams. On entering the corporate world, he was immediately able to translate the winning sporting techniques he had developed into learnings for all levels of leadership and teams. Ian continues to work in the sport and recreation industry as much as possible.

Ian can challenge beliefs, test peoples’ boundaries and drive long-term change (all with a dash of humour). These attributes have seen Ian become a go-to speaker when real results are required.

Denver D’Cruz — Inclusion Solutions

Attracting time and talent

Denver D’Cruz

Is your club or community group looking to attract new members, volunteers and supporters?  Find out how you can attract more knowledgeable, skilful and passionate people to your club using inclusive practices and deliver an abundance of all the above.  Denver will use a local example of how one person (Jamie Hunter), working with one club (Mandurah Mustangs Football Club) have built a stronger local community for us all! 

Denver is the General Manager of local not-for-profit organisation, Inclusion Solutions.  Born and raised in Southern India (of Portuguese descent), Denver moved to Australia at the age of ten.  Following years of university studies, Denver has worked within the community sector in Canberra, Sydney, the UK, Ireland and Perth for the past two decades. 

Denver was drawn to Western Australia in 2008 to pursue sporting ambitions and has since called Perth home!  Denver has spent the past decade working with over tens of communities across WA.  Denver lists family, sport, travel, real estate, woodwork, cars and motorbikes as his interests. 

Amy Coombe — Bullshift

Amy Coombe

Building a positive club culture

In this session, Amy will share the Bullshift findings on what clubs can do to build a positive club culture. Learn how your club can benefit by shaping the culture, listening to your members and getting more openness, honesty and straight talk.

Amy Coombe is a National Speaker, Facilitator, Author and accredited Life and MBIT Coaching Practitioner.  Amy has appeared live on the ABC News, on Channel 10 ‘The Project’, Channel 7 ‘Today Tonight’ and been featured in many publications.  

In 2014 she was the official Ambassador for Mental Health Week in Western Australia.  In 2013 Amy was nominated for the Australian Education and Leaderships ‘Most Positive Role Model of the Year’ award.  Amy has worked with clients within a range of different industries including the public and private sector, small business, government departments, schools and community groups.  Most recently she has been a key contributor to the content, method and culture of The Bullshift Company.

Amy speaks with heart, humour and honesty, creating moments of reflective silence followed by roars of laughter and a positive shift of energy.

Jodii Maguire — Think Performance Psychology

Developing wellbeing in your club

Jodii Maguire

Jodii is excited to return to the 2021 Peel Sports Forum.  This year Jodii will be speaking with club representatives on the role clubs and its leaders can play in relation to wellbeing and mental health.  She will share some insights into how clubs support wellbeing and mental health at an elite level to help you generate ideas for your club.  In addition, she will help you to navigate the responsibilities of looking after the welfare of your members and volunteers.  Learn how your clubs can implement programs and strategies around wellbeing that ensure your focus is on performance development and the wellbeing of your community. 

Jodii Maguire is a Director and Founder of Think Performance Psychology.  She has spent the last decade working with elite sporting teams, grassroots clubs, coaches, sporting individuals and schools on developing the skills required to help people perform at their best.  

Think Performance is a performance psychology consulting firm focused on performance enhancement, leadership development and wellbeing in sporting and organisational settings.  The mission is to assist individuals and teams develop strategies to unleash their best performances, whilst maintaining a focus on wellbeing and mental health.  

Jodii is passionate about making a real and long-term contribution to youth sports by encouraging everyone involved in youth sports to focus not only skills performance but also to develop resilience and confidence of our kids in a fun and motivating environment.

Anna Hill — Hancock Creative

How to activate your community

Anna Hill

Anna will assist your organisation to effectively use social media to communicate and increase reach in your local community, achieve measurable results, attract volunteers and funds. This presentation will focus on Facebook including how to manage negative comments. This session is ideal for local sporting groups interested in learning how to grow a successful social media platform to market your organisation.  

  • How to use Facebook to engage your local community.
  • Understand who your social media audience is and how to best speak to them.
  • How to schedule a Facebook post.
  • Learn a simple formula for creating engaging and effective content easily.

Anna Hill spent her early career in marketing. Working with InterSpace Technologies, Anna raised funds for Telethon through an interactive multimedia game called The Quest for the Golden Bird – it was the first of its kind in WA, and the start of a lifetime passion for Anna. Anna has been a freelance writer for more than a decade and has spent the last six years as a social media manager and mentor.

Officials Panel Discussion

Enjoy this interactive panel discussion conducted by Mark Readings with umpires Jacqui Jashari, Matthew Hall and Alisha Williams, all with a diverse range of umpiring knowledge and experience. Also joining them on the panel is Megan Thompson (Coach Thommo) from Mandurah Basketball Association.

Jacqui Jashari — Netball Umpire

Jacqui Jashari

Jacqui has been either playing, coaching or umpiring netball at different levels for over 40 years.  She is best known for her netball achievements as an All Australian and International Umpire, umpiring Commonwealth Games, World Cups, many Test Matches and the highest national league competition in the country.

Since retiring from the court, Jacqui mentors and coaches umpires in WA, and for the past 2 years, has been the High Performance Umpire Manager for Netball Australia.  In this role she supported the High Performance Umpire pathways, SSN National League Umpire Coaches and also coaches the SSN National League umpires.  She is also on the International Testing Panel for umpires through the International Netball Federation.  Jacqui is very passionate about the development of umpires in WA and is currently a Netball WA High Performance Umpire Coach working with umpires at the State League, and when she can, at community level.

Through various roles at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries she has managed officiating and coaches high performance scholarships and worked closely with other sports to support their programs.  Similarly she has worked with Sport Australia on various projects to support officials.

Matthew Hall — Cricket Umpire

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall is currently the Match Referees Manager for Cricket Australia and was formerly the Umpire Manager for the WACA.

Matthew was from Yorkshire in England and has been umpiring cricket in Australia for 15 years from community cricket through to state.  Matthew has played a leading role in encouraging more females into umpiring cricket.

Alisha Joynes — Hockey Umpire

Alisha Joynes

Alisha began umpiring hockey in Mandurah at the age of 15, however it wasn’t until the age of 29 that the opportunity arose to move beyond umpiring locally, with an appointment to the Australian Country Championships.  Over the next seven years, Alisha represented WA at Australian Country, Australian Masters and Under 18’s National Championships around Australia, as well as representing Australia internationally at tournaments in Fiji, California and New Zealand. The pinnacle of Alisha’s umpiring was a capped test match between Australia’s Hockeyroos and India in 2012.

Alisha is also an accredited hockey umpire coach and was appointed as Umpire Manager for the National Under 13’s Hockey Championships in 2012.  From 2009 to 2012 Alisha was the country representative on Hockey WA’s Officiating Reference Panel and co-wrote a How to Umpire Hockey booklet. Through her university studies in Sport, Recreation and Event Management, Alisha produced an updated version in 2019 which was endorsed and distributed state-wide by Hockey WA.

Megan Thompson — Basketball Coach

Megan Thompson

Megan has spent over three decades in the sporting industry as an athlete, teacher and coach and is very passionate about giving back and sharing knowledge. She has played and coached basketball professionally, both nationally and internationally.

Currently the Development and Pathways Manager for Mandurah Basketball Association, Megan’s impressive coaching experience includes WNBL Coach for the South East Queensland Stars, Australian Opals Camp Coach and SBL Women’s Head Coach for the Cockburn Cougars.  She was the Women’s Head Coach for the Queensland Basketball League’s Gold Coast Rollers and spent many years as a high school Basketball Excellence Teacher and Coach.

Megan is a coach that promotes a great respect for officials and teaches her coaches how to create a culture of respect within their team.  Megan will be a positive contributor on the panel discussion providing input from a coaches’ perspective.


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