Where do you work and what is your role?
Australian Paralympic Committee - GM Games Delivery and Chef de Mission 2020 Australian Paralympic Team.
How many years have you worked in high-performance sport and what are some of your career highlights?
10 years in HP Sport, 18 years in Sport all up!
Managing the operations of the NSWIS Diving Program in the build-up to the Beijing Games. Matt Mitcham won gold with perfect 10s! I wasn’t in Beijing but working with Chava Sobrino and his NSW based Olympians to help their preparations was an amazing experience.
I have worked in some remote indigenous communities in the Cape York Peninsula during my time working in Far North Queensland. Whilst working in high-performance sport is amazing, seeing the difference sport makes to these remote communities and how it can bring them together was something I will never forget and I now cherish my newfound understanding of their culture and values through sport.
Hands down the biggest highlight of my career was leading the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team to the Rio Games. As Chef de Mission I felt humbled by the incredible ability and attitude of the athletes in our team and came away bursting with pride at their performances and the culture of family and comradery we were able to develop.
What is your role in the CGA Team?
I will be a Sports Liaison Officer as part of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team. My role is to assist the Swimming, Women’s 7s Rugby, Table Tennis, Diving, Netball and Beach Volleyball teams.
I will be the key conduit between the sports and our CGA key functional areas on the ground to ensure they have the right information and support throughout the Games.
What is your favourite memory from a Commonwealth Games?
As a 10-year-old, I remember Hayley Lewis doing incredibly well at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. She wasn’t that much older than I and I remember thinking she was amazing for such a young athlete and certainly someone I looked up to.
What does it mean to be an official at a home Games?
Being an official and a part of the “team behind the team” is always an honour. But at a home Games with the largest Aussie team ever with the crowd support firmly in our favour, I know that the experience will be one I will never forget. The athletes and sport officials put in so much hard work in the lead up to the Games and to be on hand to help make their jobs just that bit easier will be a privilege. Gold Coast 2018 will also host the largest number of Para athletes competing and this is an added bonus for me. Our Para athletes have the capacity to change the perception of disability in our community and being able to inspire local Aussie kids, whether they have a disability or not is an incredible opportunity.