AFFILIATE CONFERENCE

Queensland Touch Football (QTF), in connection with the Festival of Touch will host an Affiliate Conference in 2023.

QTF is pleased to bring the 2023 Affiliate Conference to Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast. This educational and inspirational conference provides professional development opportunities for affiliate, region, and club administrators with expert panelists within the touch football community and beyond.

This annual conference is a prime opportunity to hear the latest in innovations, trends and progressive thinking, as well as networking opportunities. The QTF Affiliate Conference has been created to Unite and Inspire affiliates across Queensland. This year’s theme will be ‘Forward Thinking’.

Date: Monday 27th November, 2023
Location: Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast 
Registration from 8:00am

This conference is suited to all Affiliate, Clubs and Regions – Administrators & Committee Members.

Affiliates will be required to complete the registration link above for all Affiliate attendees. 

Once an affiliate has completed the online registration link, an invoice will be provided for payment. Payment is required before 5pm Monday, 13 November.

$110 (inc GST) per person.

The QTF Affiliate Conference is all inclusive and the above price includes: Full day conference, Morning tea and Lunch.

Note: This does not include any accommodation costs and is only available for attendees from Queensland Touch Football affiliated associations.

Contact the Events Team for more information.

Accommodation can be organised through RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast at the discounted rate of $320 per night (Twin/Double Room including Breakfast x2); or $290 per night (Single Room including Breakfast x1). This offer will be available for three days pre and post the official conferences. 

 

Click here to receive the exclusive discount. 

 

Please contact the events team for more information.

2023 Conference Agenda

Guest Speakers

BEN IKIN

CEO – Queensland Rugby League

Ben is a respected rugby league figure who is passionate about delivering game models, competitions and pathways that drive growth and engagement.

While previously serving as an independent director on the QRL board, Ikin led the Pathways and Performance Committee and was instrumental in the implementation of the National Player Development Framework.

In June 2021, Ikin stepped down from the QRL board and Fox Sports to pursue a new career opportunity with the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.

In May 2023 Ben resigned from Broncos and returned to Queensland Rugby League to take up the role of CEO.

Prior to embarking on a highly successful career in the media, Ikin played 150 NRL games from 1995-2004 for the Gold Coast Seagulls, North Sydney Bears and Brisbane Broncos.

He was a key member of the Broncos’ premiership-winning team that defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2000 grand final.

A passionate Queenslander who started his league journey in the Gold Coast junior ranks, Ikin famously became the youngest player in State of Origin history when he was chosen for the Maroons during the 1995 season.

He went onto make 17 State of Origin appearances for Queensland and played two Tests for the Kangaroos. Ikin has also been an assistant coach in the Hostplus Cup with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, and has served on the board of the North Queensland Cowboys.

EUGENIE BUCKLEY

Managing Director – Suiko Consulting

Eugénie is Managing Director of Suiko Consulting, a boutique agency providing specialist advise to the sports, major events and tourism industries.

She has previously held CEO roles at Swimming Australia, Brisbane Roar FC, ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and the Australian Professional Footballers’ Association. Eugénie’s background is as a sports lawyer and she has held General Manager of Legal & Business Affairs roles for the International Cricket Council and Football Federation Australia and was Head of Legal & Commercial, Rugby World Cup 2003.

Eugénie is a member of the World Aquatics Integrity Unit Supervisory Council and the National Sports Tribunal and an AFC Club Licensing Consultant. Previously she was a member of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (2000 – 2008) and a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Eugénie was a keen touch football player representing UQ Rebels, Queensland and Australia.

STEVEN CAMPBELL

Senior Partnerships Officer – Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sports (DTIS)

Steven currently works within the DTIS as the liaison between various State Sporting Organisations, including Queensland Touch Football, and the department.

Prior to this, he worked at Gymnastics Queensland for four years as the Senior Manager of Club Development, responsible for supporting gymnastics clubs with their growth and sustainability.

Having moved to Australia from Scotland in 2018, Steven previously worked for Sport Aberdeen, who deliver sport services on behalf of the local council, fostering pathways between schools and local sport providers. 

TROY MORGAN

CEO – Willows Health Group; Chairman – QLD Touch Football

Troy Morgan is a Corporate Strategist; CEO of Willows Health Group; Director and shareholder of Health and Wellbeing Technology companies Well360 and Springday. He is a sought-after national speaker and consultant in the areas of wellbeing, leadership, culture and customer engagement and customer journey. 

He was a Business Partner in Australian Broadcasting Corporation Commercial’s Award Winning Happy Body at Work Program, a program that is a multimedia technology-based corporate health program that was been rolled out to more than 40000 employees across Australia. The program won the prestigious AMY Digital Awards for the best Health and Wellbeing Online program in Australia.

He has served on a number of different community organisation boards including: Skills Alliance Qld, Healthy Active Lifestyles Toowoomba and is the current Chairperson of Qld Touch Football.

Troy’s has worked with clients such as Optus, PWC, Australian Taxation Office, Vodaphone NZ, Virgin Australia, Accenture, Australia Post and ANZ. His corporate consultant work has seen him launch wellbeing and change strategy initiatives not only in Australia but in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

In his own touch football career Troy has played in 11 State of Origin Series, 5 World Cups and has played in over 50 games for Australia.

MICHAEL CONNELLY

Managing Director – CPR Group

Michael Connelly is Managing Director of CPR Group. For 25 years, CPR Group has been dedicated to building stronger not-for-profit businesses through planning, training and mentoring to help sports volunteers achieve their best results, and most importantly, love their roles!

Clubs, associations, councils, government and universities turn to Michael when they are striving to grow their membership, are frustrated by a limited supply of volunteers, are under significant pressure to increase revenue and profit, or are committed to achieving first-class governance. Michael and CPR Group are driving the innovation of not-for-profit governance to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of a transforming community sport sector.

As an advisor, facilitator, club mentor and trainer, Michael’s governance seminars are high-energy, entertaining and inspire change.

More guest speakers announced soon.

GREG DENNY
QLD Touch Football CEO

  • 10+ years in industry
  • Former Cricket Australia Player

GREG DENNY
QLD Touch Football CEO

  • 10+ years in industry
  • Former Cricket Australia Player

GREG DENNY
QLD Touch Football CEO

  • 10+ years in industry
  • Former Cricket Australia Player

GREG DENNY
QLD Touch Football CEO

  • 10+ years in industry
  • Former Cricket Australia Player

2022 Schedule & Guest Speakers (2023 Coming Soon)

SCHEDULE TIME
Arrival / Registration
8:00 am
Session One

Welcome  & House Keeping

8:25 am

Welcome

Troy Morgan QTF Chair & Greg Denny QTF CEO

8:30 am

City of Gold Coast 

9:05 am

Coach Developer

Lucas O’Ceallachain - Coach Development Lead at Australian Institute of Sport

9:05 am

 Community Coaching Framework 

Kate Corkery Deputy General Manager Industry Capability Sport Division  

Australian Sports Commission 

10:10am
Morning Tea / Expo
10:30 am
Session Two

Affiliate Governance & Game Plan Resources

Kate Corkery Deputy General Manager Industry Capability Sport Division  

Australian Sports Commission 

10:50 am

Facilitated Workshop -How to build a thriving affiliate

 Michael Connelly - CPR Group

11:30 am

Lunch / Expo

1:20 pm
Session Three

101 engaging with the media for affiliates

Lauren Ryan - Beyond the Break Consulting

1:50 pm

National Integrity Framework & Policy Update

James Sharp - National Education & Policy Manager TFA

2:20 pm

Key Note Speaker 

Trevor Hendy - 'The Greatest Ironman in the World" Australian Sport Hall of Famer

3:00 pm

QTF Affiliate Conference Closes 

3:55 pm

*Times subject to change.

LUCAS O'CEALLACHAIN

Coach Development Lead – QLD – Australian Institute of Sport

Lúcás Ó’Ceallacháin is a coach with over 20 years global experience in high performance sport as an athlete, coach and leader. His areas of expertise are coach development, high performance strategy and athlete career transitions.

He graduated with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Management from UCD in 2011 and holds diplomas in sports law, sports psychology, sports journalism and strength and conditioning. In addition, he holds qualifications in Suples training systems, psychological safety, motivational interviewing and Lego Serious Play.

Before relocating to Australia to work with the Australian Institute of Sport he oversaw Wrestling Canada’s high performance program where he led them to a record breaking 4 medal world championship performance. His personal values are play, love and care and these come to the fore in his coaching.

He is currently pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance which focuses on wellbeing as a performance driver.  

 

LAUREN RYAN

Director – Beyond the Break Consulting 

Lauren leads Beyond the Break Consulting’s Communications division and has more than  20 years of media, communications and marketing experience working with charity, sport and government agencies. In working with leading national sporting organsiations, Lauren is responsible for developing communications strategies from grassroots through to elite sporting teams, as well as stakeholder management.  

Lauren has worked across large-scale communications, press operations, media management and event management for: 

• London, Rio, Tokyo and Beijing Olympic Games, and the Tokyo Paralympic Games

• Gold Coast and Glasgow Commonwealth Games

• Invictus Games, Rugby League World Cup, Super Rugby 

• Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

 

Leadership Panel

Steve Mitchell

NRL Titans, CEO

Steve Mitchell came to the Gold Coast Titans from Touch Football Australia where he spearheaded the highly successful inaugural NRL Touch Premiership competition. Steve has held a number of executive roles, working with the Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby), North Queensland Cowboys, Southern Cross Austereo, Seven Network, News Corporation and Network Ten.

In his second season as CEO of the Titans, Steve has led the club’s resurgence on the field and commercial growth off the field through a difficult year for everyone. The Titans are now well placed to begin the 2021 season on the front foot with a strong and loyal following of passionate corporate partners and clubs members. 

 

Dave Zanette

NRL Touch Premiership Cowboys Captain

Dave Zanette has been playing touch football since he was 12 years old. Growing up in Chinchilla, Dave played most sports including, soccer, rugby league and swimming.

As an Australian Touch Football representative player, Dave began his sporting career representing South West Queensland in Cross Country, Athletics, Rugby League, Soccer and Touch Football. Selected to represent Queensland for the first time in 98’ at the state championships in Cairns, from that moment Dave began to take touch seriously.

He participated at the national carnival in Melbourne, (coached by Peter Gagen) and won. Shortly after, Dave was selected in the Australian squad on tour of New Zealand (coached by Peter Robinson). The support and mentorship off the back of this campaign encouraged Dave to relocate and accept a scholarship in Bundaberg at St Lukes Anglican College and progress his touch career.

Dave is currently the NRL Touch Premiership Cowboys Captain and continues to improve his own personal game as well as support and encourage his teammates and grassroot players.

 

Affiliate Discussion

Chris Davis

General Manager – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA)

Like many Australians, Chris first developed a love of sport in primary school, specifically in Aussie Rules Football, swimming, athletics and triathlon. At the age of 16 he discovered ultimate frisbee, going on to play in 9 National Championships with teams in South Australia and Queensland along with being selected in the All Australian open training squad in 2011.

 

Even early on, his passion for organisation and sport was evident, running cash entry AFL tipping competitions and coordinating junior teeball referees before leaving primary school. On his 21st birthday, Chris packed up his life for a full-time club development role in Toowoomba with AFL Queensland before eventually finding his way to Brisbane managing the QAFL State League competition. In 2018 Chris was selected into the AFL Industry Emerging Leaders Program and was awarded AFL Queensland’s prestigious Troy Clarke Award for the employee best living the AFL’s values.

 

Chris is currently the General Manager at BMTA, a role he has held since June 2019. Since his appointment, BMTA has returned to a financially stable position, completed construction of a new maintenance shed, launched a new strategic plan and still managed to have an increase in team numbers despite COVID-19.

 

Outside of work, Chris enjoys road and trail running in summer, along with playing football for the Sherwood Magpies while his body continues to hold out. He also spends time working through DIY projects at home and spending time with his wife, Loren and 6 year old daughter, Olivia.

Aimee Best

Affiliate Manger – Caboolture Touch Association

Like many other sports driven people, Aimee has played Touch Football from the age of 13 to her early 20’s including representative football throughout her schooling and for the Sunshine Coast. Aimee also enjoyed playing Netball from the age of 5 including representing Queensland.

Before landing the job of affiliate manager for Caboolture Touch, Aimee used to work as a personal assistant for the partners of a large accounting firm in Brisbane for 10 years before shifting to office manager of a Biodiesel Manufacturing Facility for 4 years where Aimee has developed her office administration experience. After 4 years at the Biodiesel Manufacturing Facility, Aimee moved to work as Assistant in Nursing in an aged care facility for 10 years which provided her with the skills of working with people and time management. All of this experience made Aimee the perfect candidate for the Affiliate Manager of Caboolture Touch.

Aimee has been the Affiliate Manager of Caboolture Touch since 2013 and prior to this was involved as a volunteer admin since 2009 whilst her father Ross Best was the Administrator. Aimee’s current role as affiliate manager involves managing all competitions from senior and junior, additional programs like women in touch and the junior academy, representative events and teams, finance, stock, volunteers, the website and social media, staffing and canteen.

Mitch Alexander

General Manager – Palm Beach Touch Association

Mitch has an impressive resume, boasting achievements in the sporting industry and the financial sector. Mitch has 14 years’ experience as a Bank Manager and Home Loan Specialist and has spent over 16 years volunteering and working between Affiliates in NSW and QLD in addition to attaining a role within the South Queensland and Border Districts region.

Mitch is currently the General Manager of Palm Beach Touch Association and continues to lead a dynamic team and kick goals in South East Queensland.

When he’s not on the touch football field representing Queensland, Sharks, Coaching or Refereeing, Mitch enjoys participating in triathlons and spending time with his wife, 3 kids and puppy!

Trade Show / Expo

With over 100 Affiliate Administrators in one place, get your brand in front of the heart of Touch Football in Queensland.

If you are interested in attending, contact the Events Team for more information.