Speakers

Paul Dickinson  

Paul was an industrial engineer in forestry and manufacturing industries in New Zealand for 20 years, before moving to Adelaide in 2008 to work as a WHS (Work Health and Safety) advisor.  He has a Masters degree in WHS and is a Certified Ergonomist with ergonomics research a main interest both within and outside of work. In 2016, he joined the Advisory Services team of Safework SA (Government Dept.) which offers free WHS systems advice to businesses and undertakings around South Australia.

Paul’s three children all did artistic gymnastics until their mid-teens, so he was involved in numerous volunteer activities moving and storing gym equipment. For today’s talk he will cover some generic manual handling requirements and will then discuss a few more key points which he has found over the past 25 years to be the most critical practical points for control of manual handling risks relevant (and will attempt to relate it moving gym equipment as far as possible).



Ben Cork  

NSW Gymnastics For All Technical Director and a member of the Gymnastics Australia GFA Gymsport Commission. He has been coaching GFA, MG and ACR for almost 20 years.
Ben is the current NSW Performance Team head coach and has previously coached and performed in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway and the Canary Islands.
He is the coach of several Gold ranked teams at the Australian Gym For Life Challenge, including the inaugural Australian Champion Team in 2010.
In 2017 he will lead a team of 20 NSW athletes as part of the first Australian contingent at the World Gym For Life Challenge in Vestfold, Norway.

Author of the Gymnastics Australia Team Gym program, FreeG program and led the design of the Choreography module in the upcoming GFA Advanced course. He is a regular workshop presenter, adjudicator and host at GFA events around Australia.



Duncan Walker  

After obtaining two degrees in Vancouver, Canada, (BHKin, BA) completed post graduate medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide (BMBS).
While working as a GP (FRACGP) in South Australia, continued with a keen interest in the sports medicine field working with local footy and netball clubs.
Initial involvement as the team doctor for the SANFL Eagles, SA State U18 and U16 teams for several years, before working with various international tours including the World Cup T20 for Hong Kong, Matildas, Young Socceroos, and the Kookaburras among others.
Currently engaged as the team doctor for the AFL Crows and Adelaide 36ers.



Frank Sahlein  

Frank Sahlein is a business guru from Bois, Idaho.
Frank is a regular presenter on Business trends and many other topics at state, regional and national congress since 1982.
He travels extensively, consulting with 3rd Level Clients.
Frank is a regular visitor to Australia's Gymnastics Conferences and we are lucky to have Frank return to Adelaide in 2017 to again offer the best business advice on running gymnastics clubs.
Looking to improve on your gymnastics club operations? Then come here Frank and consult with 3rd Level!




Steve Pallas 

Steve's vision of a one-stop shop for all grassroots sports clubs where club volunteers and administrators can learn, share and grow has come to fruition in Sports Community.
His passion for working with local grassroots sports clubs led him to developing Sports Community from just an idea into a multimedia information portal with a thriving online community.
Qualifications:
Bachelor of Business; Master of Business Administration
Experience:
15 years as a successful senior financial service executive
Chief Executive Officer of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League 2007/2008
20 years playing local sport, holding many positions on various sporting committees as well as coaching Mt Martha Cricket Club




Robyn Tribe  

National Participation Manager Gymnastics Australia
10 years experience teaching PE in Primary and Secondary schools
Vic State Coordinator delivering teacher PD for the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Vic State Coordinator Centre for Multicultural Youth
Coach Educator for Australian Sports Commission



Kat Norris

Kat has a Degree in Recreation, Planning and Management and a Graduate Diploma in Operational Management from the University of South Australia and has worked at local, state and national level in the recreation and sport industry for 25 years. She worked as a staffing manager for SOCOG at the Sydney Olympic Games were she co-ordinated and managed 1,000 paid and volunteer staff over three venues at Sydney Olympic Park and Co-ordinated  3,000 volunteers over 18 venues at the Paralympic Games. 

She has also worked as a Regional Manager with the Australian Sports Commission and has worked in various areas at the Office for Recreation and Sport including club development, scholarships, grants, volunteer management, child protection, supporting development officers of state sporting organisations and more recently was instrumental in the development of V-Star.

On a local level Kat has held many volunteer positions within sporting clubs and is currently heavily involved with softball through umpiring, coaching junior and senior teams, T-Ball Co-ordinator, secretary of Bluejays Softball Club and Vice President of the Gawler and District Softball Association.