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Australian Institute of Sport

People Wellbeing and Development

Beyond the Podium

The People Wellbeing and Development team leads and supports every National Sporting Organisation (NSO) to create a culture whereby they can look after the people who have shown dedication and commitment to the sport and at the same time to collaborate, strive and achieve success together.

We aim to enable Australian athletes to learn, thrive and contribute to the community during their time in high-performance sport and life afterwards.

  • Engagement - Opportunities for athletes to engage with their local communities, grass roots sport and national charities.
  • Mental health - Access to the best practice mental health information and education and individualised psychology services
  • Career and education - Access to information, advice and face to face or online learning related to education, career mapping, professional development and work experience.
  • Personal development - Face to face or online learning related to wellbeing and personal growth.
  • Conduct and professionalism - Advice on managing integrity issues, guidance and support to navigate ethical decision making within the high performance environment, and provision of policies and procedures.

Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Key Contacts

First NameSurname Job TitleEmailPhone
Sharyn Arnold Conduct and Professionalism Adviser P: 02 6214 1918
Kate Beveridge Community Engagement Adviser
Nicole Burattin Mental Health Adviser
Matt Butterworth Mental Health Manager M: 0466 508 706
Matti Clements Director
Alison Cooke Conduct and Professionalism Consultant Maternity Leave-
Gemma Cross Mental Health Adviser P: 02 6214 1016
Jayde De Bondt Engagement Lead
Bianca FermiNetwork Lead
Rachel Gale Network Coordinator P: 02 6214 1190
M: 0466 639 878
Sara Heasly Career Development Adviser
Christine Higgisson Professional Development Lead (Secondment) P: 02 6214 1020
John Hutchinson Education Network Advisor P: 02 6214 1584
M: 0435 283 516
Bronwyn Jonathan Professional Development Lead
Consultant (Secondment) - Women Leading Sport P: 02 6214 1417
M: 0402 296 881
Sarah Larkham Project Officer P: 02 6214 1525
Anita PedranaMental Health
Richard Redman Conduct and Professionalism Manager M: 0428 438 639
Joe Shirley Digital Solutions Adviser P: 02 6214 1918
Mary Spillane Mental Health Lead P: 03 9080 3025
Adam Woolnough Wellbeing and Engagement Manager M: 0410 549 559
National Sporting Organisation First NameSurname Email AddressPhone
Archery AustraliaRhian (Maternity Leave)Bird
Archery AustraliaPippa
Athletics Australia Melanie
(Primary Contact)
Athletics Australia Leisel Jones
Australian Sailing Ben Carbis
Basketball Australia Darren Smith
Basketball Australia - Wheelchair Programs Ruth Owen-Evans
Combat Sports Sarah Conlon
Cycling Australia Chris Lynch
Cycling Australia - Para Programs Keren Faulkner

Diving Australia Teri Crilly
Football Australia (Matilda’s only)
Golf Australia Luke Mackey 0438 389 505
Gymnastics Australia
Hockey Australia Holly
(Maternity Leave)        
Walters -
Hockey AustraliaRohan
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Alana Rybicki 03 9686 2977
Paddle Australia Matt Murphy
Paralympics Australia - Wheelchair Rugby Eloise Boyle 0409 535 008
Rowing Australia Ben Carbis
Rugby Australia (Rugby 7s)
Snow Australia Annie
(Maternity Leave)
Geiger 03 9696 2344
Softball Australia Deidre Anderson
Squash Australia Sarah Roder 0417 316 574
Swimming Australia Ltd Linley
(Primary Contact)
Swimming Australia Ltd Jodie Henry
Triathlon Australia Kate Naess
Volleyball Australia Jason 0431 333 213
Water Polo Australia Sharyn Arnold
National Institute Network First NameSurname Contact EmailPhone
NSWIS Anthony Quinn 02 9763 0239
NSWIS Tom Livsey 02 9763 0203
NTIS Michael Watkins -
QAS  Liz Hepple 07 3708 7888
QAS Mia Vriens 07 3708 7853
(AIS/QAS Intern)
SASI Mark Gregory 08 8457 1414
SASI Alex McNaughton -
TIS Stewart
VIS Leesa Gallard     03 9425 0062
WAIS Amanda Schonfeld 08 9387 8166
(AIS/QAS Intern)
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