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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

Title First NameSurname Job TitleEmailPhone
Ms Sharyn Arnold Conduct and Professionalism Adviser P: 02 6214 1918
Mr Josh Beaver Digital Education 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 Conduct and Professionalism Consultant M: 0400 469 697
Ms Gemma Cross Mental Health Adviser P: 02 6214 1016
MsJaydeDe BondtEngagement 
Ms Pam Dyson Project Officer P: 02 8097 2014
Ms Rachel Gale Network Coordinator P: 02 6214 1190
M: 0466 639 878
MsSaraHeaslyCareer Development 
Ms Christine Higgisson Professional Development Lead (Secondment) P: 02 6214 1020
Mr John Hutchinson Education Network Advisor P: 02 6214 1584
M: 0435 283 516
Ms Bronwyn Jonathan Professional Development P: 02 6214 1417
M: 0402 296 881
Consultant (Secondment) - Women Leading Sport
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 Adviser P: 02 6214 1918
Ms Mary Spillane Mental Health Lead P: 03 9080 3025
Mr Adam Woolnough Wellbeing and Engagement Manager M: 0410 549 559
National Sporting OrganisationTitle First NameSurname Email AddressPhone
Archery Australia Mrs Rhian Bird 0423 882 264
Athletics Australia Ms Melanie
(Primary Contact)
Athletics Australia Ms Leisel Jones 
Australian Sailing Mr Ben Carbis 
Basketball Australia Mr Darren Smith 
Basketball Australia - Wheelchair Programs Ms Ruth Owen-Evans 
Combat Sports Ms Sarah
(Primary Contact)
Cycling Australia Mr Chris Lynch 
Cycling Australia - Para Programs Ms Keren Faulkner

Diving Australia Ms Teri Crilly 
Football Australia (Matilda’s only) Ms 
Golf Australia Mr Luke Mackey 0438 389 505
Gymnastics Australia Ms 
Hockey Australia Ms Holly
(Maternity Leave)        
Hockey AustraliaMrRohan 
Netball Australia Ms Brigid Walsh 
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Ms Alana Rybicki 03 9686 2977
Paddle Australia Mr Matt Murphy 
Paralympics Australia - Wheelchair Rugby Mrs Eloise Boyle 0409 535 008
Rowing Australia Ms Bianca
(Primary Contact)
Rowing Australia Mr Ben Carbis 
Rugby Australia (Rugby 7s) Ms 
Snow Australia Ms Annie
(Maternity Leave)
Geiger 03 9696 2344
Softball Australia Ms Deidre Anderson 
Squash Australia Ms Sarah Roder 0417 316 574
Surfing Australia Ms Michelle Mitchell 
Swimming Australia Ltd Ms Linley
(Primary Contact)
Swimming Australia Ltd Ms Jodie Henry 
Triathlon Australia Ms Kate Naess 
Volleyball Australia Mr Jason 0431 333 213
Water Polo Australia Ms Sharyn Arnold
National Institute NetworkTitle First NameSurname Contact EmailPhone
NSWIS Mr Anthony Quinn 02 9763 0239 9763 0244
NSWIS Mr Tom Livsey 02 9763 0203
NTIS Mr Michael Watkins  
QAS  Ms Liz Hepple 07 3708 7888
QAS Ms Mia Vriens 07 3708 7853 229 981 
(AIS/QAS Intern) 
SASI Mr Mark Gregory 08 8457 1414
SASI Mr Alex McNaughton  
TIS Ms Lindsay Harris 
VIS Ms Leesa Gallard     03 9425 0062
VIS Ms Andrea Farrow 
WAIS Ms Amanda Schonfeld 08 9387 8166
(AIS/QAS Intern) 
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