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Australian Institute of Sport

Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement

Beyond the Podium

The Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement 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

Title First NameSurname Job TitleEmailPhone
Ms Sharyn Arnold Conduct and Professionalism Adviser P: 02 6214 1918
Mr Josh Beaver Community Engagement Officer P: 03 9080 3026
Mrs Rhian Bird Community Engagement Adviser P: 0423 882 264
Mr Matt Butterworth Mental Health Manager M: 0466 508 706
Ms Matti Clements Director 
Mr David Cohen Learning and Development Adviser P: 02 6214 1925
Ms Alison Cooke Consultant - Conduct and Professionalism M: 0400 469 697
Ms Gemma Cross Mental Health Adviser P: 02 6214 1016
Ms Pam Dyson Project Officer P: 02 8097 2014
Ms Rachel Gale Network Coordinator P: 02 6214 1190
M: 0466 639 878
Ms Christine Higgisson Personal Development Adviser P: 02 6214 1020
Ms Ros Holding Career and Education Consultant P: 03 9080 3005
Mr John Hutchinson Education Network Advisor P: 02 6214 1584
M: 0435 283 516
Ms Bronwyn Jonathan Personal Development Consultant P: 02 6214 1417
M: 0402 296 881
Mr Daniel Josifovski Community Engagement Adviser P: 02 6214 1524
Ms Sarah Larkham Project Officer P: 02 6214 1525
Mr Richard Redman Conduct and Professionalism Manager M: 0428 438 639
Mr Joe Shirley Digital Solutions Officer P: 02 6214 1918
Ms Mary Spillane Mental Health Advisor P: 03 9080 3025
Mr Adam Woolnough Engagement (Community and Digital) Manager M: 0410 549 559
National Sporting OrganisationTitle First NameSurname Email AddressPhone
Archery Australia Mrs Rhian Bird 0423882264
Athletics Australia 
Australian Sailing      
Basketball Australia 
Basketball Australia - Wheelchair 
Bowls Australia Ms Megan Fritsch 
Combat Sports Ms Sarah Conlon 
Cycling Australia Mr Chris Lynch 
Cycling Australia - Para ProgramsMsKerenFaulkner

Diving Australia Ms Teri Crilly 
Football Federation Australia Mr Jackson Kupke 
Golf Australia Mr Luke Mackey 0438 389 505
Gymnastics Australia Ms Kim Gray 
Hockey Australia Ms Holly Walters  
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Ms Alana Rybicki 03 9686 2977
Paddle Australia Mr Matt Murphy 
Paralympics Australia - Wheelchair RugbyMrsEloise Boylelifetopiawelfare@gmail.com0409 535 008
Rowing Australia Ms Bianca Fermi 
Rugby Australia (Rugby 7s) Ms Anika Lalic 
Snow Australia Ms Annie Geiger 03 9696 2344
Shooting Australia Ms Sara Heasly 
Softball Australia Ms Deidre Anderson 
Squash Australia Ms Sarah Roder 0417 316 574
Surfing Australia Ms Michelle Mitchell 
Swimming Australia 
Swimming Australia Ltd Ms Linley Frame 
Volleyball Australia Mr Gearoid Towey 0431 333 213
Water Polo Australia Ms Sharyn Arnold
National Institute NetworkTitle First NameSurname Contact EmailPhone
NSWIS Ms Claudia Masina 02 9763 0297
NSWIS Mr Anthony Quinn 02 9763 0239 9763 0244
NSWIS Mr Tom Livsey 02 9763 0203
NTIS Mr Michael Watkins  
QAS Mr Mark Knowles 07 3708 7818
QAS  Ms Liz Hepple 07 3708 7888
QAS Ms Mia Vriens 07 3708 7853 229 981
SASI Mr Mark Gregory 08 8457 1414
SASI Mr Alex McNaughton  
TIS Ms Lindsay Harris 
VIS Ms Leesa Gallard     03 9425 0062
VIS Ms Sara Heasly 
VIS Ms Andrea Farrow 
WAIS Ms Amanda Schonfeld 08 9387 8166
WAIS Mr Rohan McHugh 08 9387 8166 9387 8166
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