8.15 am



Welcome to Country - Lyndon Davis

9.00 am

Welcome and opening address

Mayor Mark Jamieson and USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Hill


A high-performance destination starts with a high-performance university: USC's new High-Performance Sport Strategy

Professor Brendan Burkett, Director, High Performance Sport, USC


Panel Session 1 - Attracting high-performance athletes with services and support

What will draw elite athletes to the Sunshine Coast to train and compete? What makes them go elsewhere? Once we have them, how do we keep them? How do we support athletes' future careers, both in sport and beyond?  Moderated by Drew Morphett, speakers include:

Dr Fiona Pelly, Discipline Leader, Nutrition and Dietetics, USC

Bo Hanson, Athlete Assessments, three-time Olympic medallist

Darren Allie, State Indigenous and Multicultural Engagement Manager, AFL Queensland

10.45am Morning Tea

11.15 am

Panel Session 2 - Elite athletes share what it takes to succeed

Our panel of elite athletes share how the right environment can make all the difference when it comes to high-performance sport.

Panel members include:

Geva Mentor, Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball player

Jordan Mercer, Ironwoman

Bridie Kean, Wheelchair basketballer, Paralympic medallist

Annelise Jeffries, Triathlete

Kylie Bridgewood, Para-Cyclist, Paralympic medallist

David Fleischman

12.30pm Lunch

Special Guest - Noeline Taurua, Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach

1.45 pm

Panel Session 3 - Attracting high-performance athletes with facilities and amenities

"Build it and they will come"? Why the Sunshine Coast? What are the opportunities and challenges for providing facilities and infrastructure? What additional facilities will the Coast need to become the ultimate high-performance destination?

Moderated by Drew Morphett, speakers include:

Matt Carroll, CEO, Australian Sailing

Marne Fechner, Deputy CEO, Netball Australia

Presenting on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on the "Draft Sunshine Coast Sports Plan"

Stefanie Wilson, Director, Luminair

Hugh Taylor, Director, MI Associate


Panel 4 - Attracting partners, events and business opportunities

This final session will focus on the ins and outs of organising major sporting events and initiatives, with an emphasis on the partnerships and collaboration required for the region to succeed.

Moderated by Drew Morphett, speakers include:

Rachel Smith, Marketing, Novatel Twin Waters Resort

Dr Gayle Mayes, Lecturer in Sports Marketing and Tourism, Leisure and Events, USC

Matt Carroll, CEO, Australian Sailing

Simon Latchford, Tourism Sunshine Coast

4.15pm Networking Drinks