• Felicity Moore

Sport Industry Gears Up for Queensland Sports Collective Sequel

Leaders from across the Australian sport and recreation industry will gather for the second Queensland Sports Collective Forum in October to discuss the major issues shaping sport today.

Hosted by Netball Queensland, the Queensland Sports Collective Forum will bring together thought leaders, innovators and trailblazers from all codes.

As the driving force behind the collaboration, Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said the forum, now in its second edition, was building on the extraordinary success of the first forum.

“Our first Collective, held in March this year, was such a huge success that we’ve introduced a Summer Edition with an expanded format. I have been joined by a few colleagues from other codes and together we have crafted a truly unique program,” she said.

Ms Clark said the Queensland Sports Collective Forum is designed for people across the sports industry, no matter what level or role, to engage in fresh thinking about their work.

“We have brought together an extraordinary breadth and diversity of experience in this program; some of the most creative thinkers and some of the most interesting stories inside and outside sport. The Sports Collective is about learning through sharing and collaboration, about leveraging our diversity and challenging the way we think and solve problems.

“Sport is undergoing accelerating change. I am passionate about drawing our collective knowledge and experience together to support each other, to ensure sport remains a key part of the Australian identity. So, this isn’t a one-size-fits all business conference, it’s really tailored to meet the specific needs of our industry, at this moment in time.

“Our point of difference is our desire to create a safe space for discussing the controversial issues. To cultivate and value debate and diversity of viewpoint; we are stronger as thinkers and leaders if we listen to different views and expand our understanding around important challenges. Sport needs to evolve to remain relevant and this Forum will stimulate exciting new ideas and partnerships between organisations.” Ms Clark said.

Keynote speakers at the October event include Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni, along with leaders from major sporting code peak bodies, including the NRL, Cricket Australia, the Brisbane Lions, and of course Netball Queensland.

Panel speakers include those from a sporting governance background along with organisational and membership specialists who will share insights into issues such as how to articulate value to members, how to digitally transform a business, how to drive greater involvement of women in male-dominated sports, and how to get greater grassroots buy-in, and much more.


· Minister for Sport Hon Mick de Brenni

· Stadiums Queensland CEO Todd Harris

· LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam

· Cricket Australia EGM Community Cricket Belinda Clark

· Brisbane Lions Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock

· Sport Australia Director Sport Governance and Strategy Kate Corkery

· NRL Snior Manager Participation Strategy, Education & Projects James Hinchey

· ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO Nick Hockley

· Governance by Design Director Sonya Beyers

· Suiko Consulting MD Eugenie Buckley

· Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark

· Relationships Australia GM Business Transformation Emma Haller

· WG Coaching MD Wayne Goldsmith

And more to come...

The Queensland Sports Collective Forum will be held 25 October at the Queensland State Netball Centre, from 8:15am and concluding with networking drinks at 4:30pm. Tickets are available at

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The Queensland Sports Collective is a thought leadership forum.  It is handcrafted by the industry for the industry. The Sports Collective forum is an arena for discussion, debate, learning and connection.  We aim to bring people together to hear from the movers and shakers, to gain insights from industry disruptors pushing the boundaries and those negotiating challenging issues. In doing so we will foster the kind of collaboration, networking and knowledge transfer that will strengthen our industry. 


In an era where it’s all about connection, this Forum is your chance to get connected - to the latest trends, innovations and important conversations impacting sport.  If you are in sport, be part of the Sports Collective. We would love to see you there!