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Sport Australia Educating Sporting Directors With New Resource

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Sport Australia Educating Sporting Directors With New Resource

Sport Australia has announced the launch of a free online resource, the ‘Start Line’ Director Education course, aiming to better support sporting directors.

The course was designed with the help of several high profile sporting directors and experts including Kieren Perkins, Liz Ellis, Margot Foster, Rob Scott, Michael Smith, and Gabrielle Trainor.

A number of national sporting organisation, industry experts and State and Territory Agencies of Sport and Recreation also provided input for the creation of the course, which will help directors from the community level to elite improve their fundamental knowledge of directorship.

Australian Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the course will provide a baseline for a professional sporting community and help directors positively impact their sport.

“Our sporting community relies on dedicated leaders who appreciate that best practice means being at the forefront of knowledge and open to continuous learning and development,” Colbeck said.

“The Start Line is a valuable and practical resource for sporting directors of all levels and backgrounds,” he said.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) chair, Josephine Sukkar, said: “Sport Australia is committed to supporting sporting organisations and their leaders to continually improve their governance systems and processes.”

“It is extremely important that the sport sector has the right people on boards with the right skills.

“Even for experienced directors, there is always more to learn and opportunities to grow – it’s this desire to learn and ability to adapt that makes us a leader on a global sporting stage,” Sukkar said.

Swimming Australia president and contributor to the director education program, Kieren Perkins, said: “If you want to be exceptional at what you’re doing, you always need to learn, challenge yourself and grow.”

“Directors of sport need to ensure we are absolutely at the forefront of our responsibilities to be high performing and deliver exceptional outcomes for our sport,” Perkins said.

Elsewhere Sport Australia has also recently updated its National Sports Directorship Register, encouraging national and state level sporting organisations to use the register while recruiting new directors.

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