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Leaders In Sport Get Ready To Be Inspired

Media Release

2 April 2008

Leaders In Sport Get Ready To Be Inspired

New Zealand hosts the prestigious International Leaders in Sport conference today and tomorrow with a line-up of top international speakers and influential figures from across the sporting, business, political and academic worlds.

This is the first time the biannual conference has been held outside Australia, and the programme promises to excite and inspire both current and future leaders in sport and recreation.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for leaders from all sectors who want to know more about winning strategies in the fast-changing world of sport and recreation. Those interested in building capability in the sector, developing new leadership styles and having a positive impact on participation or performance will benefit from the conference.

Keynote speaker Sir John Whitmore, world-renowned business coach, will speak on the value of recognising change as an opportunity, values-based leadership and overcoming the inner obstacles to high performance.

Joining Sir John is Martin Snedden, Chief Executive of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd who will discuss the challenges and global expectations in delivering a major international event such as the Rugby World Cup.

Other keynote speakers include Mark Davies, co-founder of Betfair who will speak on bringing a new understanding to the way betting and sport can interact today; Kereyn Smith, Vice President of the International Federation of Netball Associations who will speak on the changes and developments she has seen in New Zealand netball; and Rob Donovan, Director of the Social Marketing Research Unit in the Curtin Business School (Perth) who will speak on how to effect social change in the sport and recreation sector.

In addition, there are expert presentations that cover topics such as ‘Connecting with Younger Generations’, presented by a panel headed by Paul Sinclair, Managing Director of M&C Saatchi (Wellington); Mega Events and Worldclass Facilities’; ‘New Media’; and ‘New Perspectives in Social Marketing’.

The International Leaders in Sport Conference is a Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS) event, hosted by the Government agency Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC).

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