One of Australia’s best-known sporting personalities, former Olympian Jane Flemming OAM, will be a special guest at the South East and Tablelands Regional Sport and Recreation Conference to be held at Batemans Bay in October.
Community sports club volunteers, sporting professionals, administrators and council representatives are invited to attend the first ‘strengthening communities through sport’ event co-hosted by Eurobodalla Shire Council and the NSW Office of Sport.
Headlined by Ms Flemming, the two-day event will be held at the new Bay Pavilions arts and aquatic centre, and will include sessions on participation, health and wellbeing, child safety, coaching and talent pathways.
A dual Olympian, Ms Flemming won two Commonwealth Games gold and two silver medals, 13 national titles, and broke hundreds of records over a period of 15 years in elite competition. She remains the Commonwealth Games heptathlon record holder (set in 1990).
Ms Flemming received the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to athletics and the community in 2014.
Once retired from her international track and field career, Ms Flemming became an athletics commentator and a business manager of high-profile athletes, including American Olympic gold medallist, Michael Johnson.
She is also CEO of Live Life Get Active, a nationwide program that provides free physical, mental and social health sessions in communities, including the Eurobodalla Shire.
Other presenters at the conference will include Brooke De Landre, who will speak on behalf of the Australian Sports Commission, as well as Lachlan Clarke of NSW Office of Sport.
Eurobodalla Shire Council’s recreation coordinator Tina Smith said the conference, to be held on 14-15 October, would be a great opportunity for the region’s sporting and recreational sector to connect, communicate and collaborate.
“The program has been designed to bring together industry experts and government officials to focus on the key issues impacting sport and active recreation in the south-east,” Ms Smith said.
“Attendees can expect to get a boost in knowledge and motivation as well as network with sporting colleagues from across the region.”
The conference is free to attend, thanks to the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Building Better Regions funds.
Dinner on Friday night with entertainment is included, as well as lunch and refreshments on both days.