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Chairman’s Report

Chairman’s Report As Chairman of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS), it gives me great pleasure to present this report for 2011 – the organisation’s second full year of operation. The academy is a not for profit organisation and while it is young, its values are “old school”. Our values are simple: Achieve your best in every aspect of life; Excel in everything you do; Inspire others and yourself by your deeds; and last but not least Respect yourself, the gifts and opportunities you’ve been given and those around you. The academy is committed to equipping athletes as individuals to develop their abilities on the sports field and for life in the modern world. This year over 150 athletes participated in 9 sports programs and over 200 athletes were involved in various come’n’try programs. This was a remarkable increase from the 4 sports programs and around 100 athletes who were involved the previous year. This outstanding level of growth in the first independent regional academy of sport in Queensland is a testament to the vision of my founding board of directors and staff, a generous level of sponsorship support and increasing community interest and participation in the programs on offer.

Chairman Hon Mick Veivers with GCAS athletes (Photo by Paul Christou)

The academy is aiming to include programs in a responsible and sustainable way for more mainstream sports and others that will benefit from ‘value-added’ support in the existing athletic pathway. With the Gold Coast having been announced as the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, participation by Commonwealth Games sports and athletes from these sports in academy programs will be encouraged even more in the years to come. The second annual Academy Awards presentation evening was held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on Wednesday 2nd November. Over 300 VIP guests, scholarship athletes, parents, coaches and squad managers attended. All athletes received a certificate of graduation and many fine athletes received specific awards in their chosen sport. Daniel Coleman (triathlon and future stars north) was the recipient of the Male Athlete of the Year Award, Katelyn Simpson (future stars north) was presented with the Female Athlete of the Year for a consecutive year and Tiana Beakey (golf) was honoured with the Chairman’s Award. A highlight of the evening was the attendance of special guest athlete and triple world surf lifesaving ironman champion Shannon Eckstein. Shannon met with the coaches and athletes and was interviewed by the master of ceremonies Mike Rabbitt from NBN television.


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The GCAS once again entered a Golf squad into the Academy Games in Armidale. The Gold Coast region had the leading female athlete in Tiana Beakey and was the runner-up in the team’s event – a wonderful result. Planning is in place to take teams to the event in Wollongong (Illawarra region) in 2012 should the logistics and finances allow. The visionary support of the founding group of business partners – Gold Coast City Council and Business GC, Greater Building Society, RACV Royal Pines Resort, NBN television, Sea and Gold FM and Griffith University is providing the resources necessary to support the operations of the academy. The multiple-year sponsorship pledged by these organisations is allowing the board of directors to plan ahead with a far greater sense of security. On behalf of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport board of directors, I would like to thank the Directors of Instruction, program managers and other volunteers for your commitment and administration of an increased number of sports programs. The academy has involved highly experienced coaches and the mentoring up and coming coaches is another important role the academy hopes to provide. To my fellow board members, office staff at the Carrara Sports Complex, supporting State Government Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators and other volunteers, I thank you for sharing your expertise to further establish the operations. Managing Director Ian Robilliard of Academy partner the Central Coast Academy of Sport has continued to share his experience of establishing the highly successful academy of sport in that region of NSW. Through this partnership, the GCAS is increasingly included in plans of the wider regional academy of sport network that extends across New South Wales and other states of Australia. The GCAS has the ability to effect and be a part of the change that is taking place in one of the fastest growing population corridors in Australia. It will continue to support the Gold Coast City Council’s bold strategy for the future and the QLD State Government’s objective to develop the healthiest citizens in the nation. I trust that you will continue your support and enjoy your participation in the Gold Coast Academy of Sport in 2012.

Academy Games Opening Ceremony, Armidale NSW (Photo by GCAS media)

Hon Mick Veivers Chairman


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2011 GCAS Academy Games Golf Squad (Photo by GCAS media)

A huge crowd gathered for the announcement of the Gold Coast as the host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by GCAS media)


Managing Directors & Executive Officers Report

Managing Directors & Executive Officers Report When the Gold Coast Academy of Sport launched in October 2009 at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, few could have imagined how many additional opportunities in sport could be created and how quickly the operations of the academy would be expanded. In particular, 2011 was simply a remarkable year of development for the Gold Coast’s own regional academy of sport. The number of athletes and programs supported more than doubled. The benefits on and off the field of the ‘value-added’ training and core education in sport further materialised with many outstanding achievements of the athletes shared later in this report. A measurable reflection of the growth was the increased number of monthly unique users and hits on the www.goldsport. website. Traffic increased steadily over the year with the highest number of 1073 unique visitors in the month of November generating 126,000 hits on the website and newly linked Facebook page.

GCAS Managing Director Ian Robilliard (left) with Hon Mick Veivers (Chairman), Gold Coast City Council Mayor Ron Clarke MBE and Joshua Swetnam (Greater Building Society). (Photo by Paul Christou)

Robert Thompson as the full-time Executive Officer was supported by the inclusion of State Government funded Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators Ty Chapman and Eva Van Groningen in a part-time capacity to the GCAS. The contracting of marketing consultant Mick Ellison as the Manager of Commercial Operations in the latter stages of the year is assisting the academy to ensure the needs of existing sponsors are adequately met. Mick is also providing even greater potential for additional sponsorship in the future. In summary, the support staff, work experience students and volunteers in the office and at major events allowed for increasingly streamlined public operations. One of the most significant outcomes from this year was the announcement of enhanced and on-going three year funding from the Gold Coast City Council and Business GC. The Economic and Development Department of the Council agreed to provide sufficient funding to allow for the actioning of the strategic business plan documented to the end of 2014.


Managing Directors & Executive Officers Report The appointment of Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators, an active inclusion funding grant for a program and a ‘Smoke Free’ grant for a training camp is further recognition from the QLD State Government of the current and future potential of the academy to deliver meaningful sports programs. There were many other highlights including the hosting of an improved Corporate Golf Day with sponsored holes and the participation of the Golf athletes together with the corporate sponsors. The support of the Gold Coast District Rugby League continued with GCAS Executive Officer Robert Thompson adequate shared office space at the (centre) with Local Sport and Recreation Carrara Sports Complex. With the Coordinators Eva Van Groningen and Junior Rugby League administration Ty Chapman (Photo by GCAS media) having now relocated to alternative premises, the opportunity exists for the GCAS to have its own functional independent office facility. The Carrara Sports Complex is the preferred location because it is a hub of general sports development on the Gold Coast and will be venue for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The GCAS would like to recognise the Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League for providing on-going funding to the GCAS Rugby League program.

GCAS Football squad and coaches in New Zealand after a match against the Chelsea FC’s Asia-Pacific Academy squad (Photo by GCAS media)


Managing Directors & Executive Officers Report Sponsorship renewals with the RACV Royal Pines Resort, NBN television, Sea and Gold FM, Griffith University, Runaway Bay Sports Leadership and Excellence Centre (Sports Super Centre) and E-Z-GO Golf Cars were all confirmed. The GCAS supported its first overseas tour when members of the Football (soccer) squad travelled to New Zealand to play the Chelsea FC’s AsiaPacific Academy squad. In December, the GCAS Rugby League squad for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous athletes travelled to the Sunshine Coast for a 3-day training camp. The increasingly sound GCAS Rugby League squad at the Currimundi Be Active business position Recreation Camp on the Sunshine Coast (Photo by GCAS media) reported is a direct result of the committed Board of Directors with the support of the various sponsors who are recognised. We would like to express our thanks to Hon Mick Veivers, Gavin Kirkman, Bob Hagley, Glynis NunnCearns, Professor Kristine Toohey, Mike Jones and Mark Holton for your involvement, dedication and professionalism to ensure the academy fulfilled the requirements of the business plan. Support and advice was readily offered if requested. To Central Coast Academy of Sport Executive Officer Luke Tucker and staff of the CCAS, accountant Linda Holton and staff of Dynamic Taxation and Training, core education presenters, sport management work experience students from Griffith University and volunteers Tess Gillespie, Ben Simpson, Kevin Thompson and Stephanie Welyczko our sincere thanks for your support in assisting the athletes and the community. We would particularly like to thank the trusted Board members for the privileged positions you have created and to which we have been appointed. With the support of the Central Coast Academy of Sport and the experience of the founding two years of GCAS operation, the possibilities are endless for athlete and business development and on to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The GCAS is increasingly in an improving position to capture these opportunities. Ian Robilliard Managing Director Robert Thompson Executive Officer


The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors The Gold Coast Academy of Sport has a clear model of Board involvement. The GCAS operates under the direction of a Board of Directors with each director allocated a specific portfolio. The involvement of the Board has been well maintained and is based on requests made by management staff. The role of the Board is to have primary responsibility as to the strategic development of the business without ‘hands on’ management. In addition to regular review and planning meetings, the Board completed a comprehensive analysis of the vision, mission and aims of the organisation. The outcomes are to be presented in a ‘culture’ document.

GCAS director Bob Hagley with GCCC Councillor Eddy Sarroff, RACV Royal Pines Resort General Manager John Morris, State Government Broadwater MP Peta-Kaye Croft and GCCC Councillor and GCAS Patron Dawn Crichlow OAM at the Mid-Year Appreciation Function. (Photo By Paul Christou)

The Board of Directors Mr Hon. Mick Veivers Board Chairman Mr Gavin Kirkman Deputy Chairman Mr Ian Robilliard Chair Sport and Business Operations/Managing Director Mr Bob Hagley Chair Commercial Operations (incl Sponsorship) Professor Kristine Toohey Chair Sports Science and Education Ms Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM Chair Athlete Services Mr Mike Jones Chair Events Mr Mark Holton Chair Finance and Audit


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Our Mission: The Gold Coast Academy of Sport will provide excellence through visionary programs for the region’s young athletes.

Our Vision: The Gold Coast Academy of Sport will combine sporting excellence with life skills development for pre-elite athletes of the Gold Coast.

Aims of the GCAS • To promote interest, participation and opportunities for athletes of the Gold Coast. • To promote interest, participation and opportunities for coaches, administrators, officials, sports science practitioners, and other sports related parties of the Gold Coast. • To provide specialist support to athletic performance through the interaction of sports medicine disciplines. • To promote sports and sports tourism on the Gold Coast in order to bring additional economic benefits to the region. • Either alone or in conjunction with any other sporting body whether corporate, individual or otherwise, to promote, conduct and carry out sports meetings, events, tournaments, competitions, and education programs for the benefit of participants. • To provide sports education for coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and other related persons. • To conduct competitions, demonstrations, conferences in relation to any sports and pastimes and to engage coaches, players, instructors and others as the Academy may see fit. • To provide and promote vocational opportunities through athletic participation, sports coaching, sports science and general business opportunities for persons involved in the business of sport. • To adopt the means of making known and promoting the objects and activities of the Academy and its members. • To print and publish in any journal, magazine, book, periodical or other medium as the Academy may see fit. • Liaise with related third parties involved with sports development for the Gold Coast Region.


Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan The Gold Coast Academy of Sport has a unique strategic business plan for the period 2010-2014. It outlines a number of operational performance measures that allows the organisation to grow in accordance with the plan. A review of these operational measures includes:

Administration 2011 was the second year of the strategic development plan for the period 2010-2014. This document complements directly to the wider regional Academy of Sport network in NSW and further afield. The GCAS is introducing a collective approach to sports development in a regional area. This is a model that is likely to be replicated in other regions of Queensland in the years to come, particularly given the successful introduction of a regional academy on the Gold Coast. With the GCAS being a direct partner of the Central Coast Academy of Sport and an associate of other regional academies interstate, the commercial opportunities and collective goodwill are able to be extended beyond local borders. Robert Thompson completed his second year as the Executive Officer. This position receives significant remote and face to face support from the Central Coast Academy of Sport with Ian Robilliard as Managing Director and Luke Tucker assisting in securing sponsorship and developing the sport programs. The ability to market better the operations of the Academy has been improved with the appointment of Mick Ellison as the contracted Manager – Commercial Operations. This level of staffing is adequate for the moment. It is likely that the number of programs will increase and more program staff will be required. In the interim, the academy has joined a cluster of other grassroots sporting organisations to secure the part-time services of Ty Chapman and Eva Van Groningen as Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators. This is a State Government initiative through the Jobs Plan scheme to supply up to 100 additional employees in sport across the state over the next 2-3 years. Ty’s area of focus in his allocated time with the academy was in program administration and the submission of funding applications. Eva provided support to upgrading the website, introducing new social media applications and public relations at major events.

Finance and Assets It is very pleasing to be able to report the sound financial figures as audited to the standards required by accounting firm Macquarie Partners. In a year where the global financial landscape remained tight and businesses were generally conservative towards sponsorship, the GCAS was able to grow its number of programs and further secure its financial position through a number of proven fiscal measures. The financial performance of the academy is being constantly reviewed and justified by the executive staff and the board of directors.


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There was a 54% growth in revenue owing to increased funding ($469,775 in 2011 to $304,643 in 2010) and a 261% increase in cost of sales ($125,813 in 2011 to $48,146 in 2010) justified by the significant increase in the number of programs and athletes serviced. After a relatively small net profit of just $23,737 in 2010, $57,249 was achieved in 2011 through comprehensive fiscal measures. This is allowing the GCAS to consider expanding its operations to match the increased amount of administration required. There was an expected 46% increase in total expenditure ($412,526 in 2011 to $280,906 in 2010) and a 58% increase in total equity ($154,784 in 2011 to $97,535 in 2010) providing increased security for the on-going operations of the Academy. The financial statements reflect the true value of all in-kind sponsorships and advertising agreements. These amounts are included as both income and expenditure along with the necessary cash contributions to fund the essential operations. While these measurable increases are pleasing to report, if the academy is to expand with additional staff to better service the athletes, additional sources of income will need to be found. The hosting of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 has the potential to be of a financial and facility benefit to the academy in the future. The payment of modest honorariums and a high level of community volunteer support mean there was an athlete levy of no more than $330 (including GST payable) to join a year-round program and receive significant benefits from quality coaching, uniforms and core education seminars from experts in the field. This represents outstanding value for money for the level of service provided.

Core education session for Golf with veteran LPGA player Nancy Harvey (Photo by GCAS media)


Strategic Plan Griffith University recently joined the other founding business partners in supporting the academy for a multiple year period which is greatly appreciated. These longer time frames allow the academy to plan financially with a far greater sense of security. The GCAS is able to receive donations (as a tax deduction to donors) through the Federal Government’s Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). $1815 was received (increase of 40% from $1,100 in 2010). It is hoped that more individual donors will see the Academy as a most worthy cause. To all business partners, corporate supporters and other donors, the academy offers its most sincere thanks. Without this level of support, the GCAS would not have been able to make such a significant expansion in the sports marketplace of the Gold Coast.

Sports Programs Nine sports programs (increase from 4 in 2010) were offered including Golf, Future Stars (Gold Coast north), Football (soccer), Triathlon, Rugby League for Indigenous athletes, Future Stars (Gold Coast south), Basketball, Volleyball (indoor) and Beach Volleyball, catering for 154 athletes. Together with an off-season Football program and other trial events, about 200 athletes benefitted from their association with the academy.

Greater Building Society/GCAS athlete ambassadors (from left) Alistair Davis, Dee Dee Russell, Katelyn Simpson and Jackson Hill. (Photo by GCAS media)

These athletes were exposed to expert coaching, practical skill development and core educational seminars. Topics included public speaking improvement, sports psychology, Greater Building Society ‘financial fitness’ seminars and nutrition for sport. Guest visits from high profile current and past sportspeople were also organised. An academy ‘sports ambassador’ program sponsored by the Greater Building Society was introduced and offered a select group of 4 athletes additional opportunities in corporate skills training. All athletes were invited to apply by writing down in their own words why they would like to be selected. Alistair Davis, Jackson Hill, Dee Dee Russell and Katelyn Simpson entered applications and were selected by the board as the inaugural ambassadors. They were invited to attend a number of corporate functions on behalf of the academy and the Greater Building Society. They attended Civic Events for the 2018 Commonwealth Games bid and met with Olympic Gold medal swimmers and Gold Coast Hall of Fame inductees Grant Hackett and Giaan Rooney. The academy is extremely fortunate to have experienced and qualified coaching staff who not only provide a significant amount of time but ensure that their programs are of the highest order. Many of the coaches have participated at elite levels of sport themselves. Their high level of technical coaching expertise offers a ‘point of difference’ for the programs.


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Greater Building Society/GCAS ambassadors meet Olympic Gold medallist Giaan Rooney and her former swim coach Dennis Cotterell. (Photo by GCAS media) A coaches conference was held prior to the awards night. This was an opportunity for the Board to thank the coaches for their efforts and for them to share ideas and discuss issues in common across all sports.

IT and Systems The GCAS aims to have the most cutting edge IT platform possible including secure backup of an ever increasing amount of data in multiple locations. A divisional council grant allowed for the purchase a high performance laptop computer and quality colour printer. This was required to maintain and upgrade the systems to remain compatible with the growing numbers of partners the academy communicates with electronically. The academy website is a major way of communication with the community and the world. 10,000 unique users generated over one million hits on the website. (Increase from 5,810 unique users generating 579,111 hits in 2010). A sports program ‘hotline’ continued to provide interested athletes and parents with the most up to date information about the status of each academy sports program. Supporting the website is an increasing level of social media which is an emerging trend in business. A Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS) Facebook page gained 170 ‘Likes’ in its first 3 months, sending regular updates directly to the personal ‘Wall’ of those who ‘Liked’ the page. The GCAS is also supported by its own unique Sports Locker system. Instant SMS messaging from the academy office delivered instant important messages such


Strategic Plan as late changes to training sessions. This service is able to provide members of the academy with a cost effective, dynamic secure social network. Several coaches used this medium to post educational bulletins to the athletes. Members are provided with a user name and password to be able to communicate securely with one another and with their coach. The academy was the first organisation in Queensland to introduce this ‘cutting edge’ system of communication. The academy will aim to further develop this service along with the website and other forms of social media in 2012.

Commercial operations The GCAS is using a very sound investment model that has proven successful since 2004 with the Central Coast Academy of Sport. All major business partnerships were renewed providing an ongoing and solid financial backing. The contracting of media consultant Wayne Hickson for a media blitz in the first 3 months of the year greatly assisted the GCAS to achieve this result. The ability to plan ahead financially is most important for organisational stability. The acquisition of additional business partners is a high priority in order to further widen the financial base of support. Increased corporate sponsorship and development of the investment model will be required if the GCAS is to reach its strategic plans. Mick Ellison as Manager of Commercial Operations has been contracted to focus on this aspect of the business.

Special Events The hosting of special events for the GCAS community is a major focus and a point of difference from regular sports programs. A Mid-Year Appreciation Function, Corporate Golf Day and Annual Awards Presentation Evening were all very well supported. These special events aimed to bring the community together to showcase the achievements of the organisation and the athletes for the business partners and sponsors. The efforts and achievements of the athletes and coaches were able to be presented to a wider audience than otherwise would be possible. The GCAS was pleased to be able to take up the invitation to enter a squad of golfers at the annual Academy Games in Armidale in April. The squad joined nearly 900 athletes from other regional academies for 3-days of friendly competition. The GCAS attended group meetings as a member of the Gold Coast City Council’s Sports Fusion network. It continued its associate membership of the QSPORT network with wider Queensland and representatives attended the Queensland Sports Awards Function in Brisbane. Events such as the Gold Coast City Council’s Science Week Fair, State Government’s Sport Super Sign-On Day, Griffith University’s career day and Volunteering Gold Coast’s Awards Day were also supported.


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GCAS Corporate Golf Day at the RACV Royal Pines Resort and the winning ‘Golf Dads’ team. (Photo by Paul Christou)

Over 250 Academy supporters gathered at the Mid-Year Appreciation Function. (Photo by Paul Christou)


Future Developments

Future Developments Administration The GCAS would like to recognise the Gold Coast City Council for their support in providing an adequate administration centre for the operations of the business. The academy is currently seeking to expand its temporary office location at the Carrara Sports Complex following the relocation of the Gold Coast District Rugby League. The GCAS has been offered a workstation at their new administration location of Rugby League to maintain the contact necessary with the shared Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators. Up until now, selected office equipment has been shared. However, these expenses will now be incurred by the GCAS. The concept of a purpose built and flexible administration centre domiciled within the Carrara Sports Complex for corporate functions, training rooms, storage and additional staffing would be a very important development in the growth of the academy.

Finance and Assets While the GCAS is pleased to report a relatively sound financial position, the board and staff of the organisation will be looking to grow the amount of income further to be able to effectively implement the strategic plan. This process will no doubt incur increased expenses but it will also generate new opportunities to invest in the GCAS, allowing it to invest back into the sports programs. Additional business partners, new program sponsors, official venues and suppliers and tax deductible donations will all be further encouraged in 2012. The GCAS joined the CCAS to order a large number of required uniforms for the programs and to have readily available stock in storage. While this was a significant upfront expense, ordering in this cooperative way reduces the costs of each unit. In the long run it results in cost savings to both organisations. It also allowed the GCAS to on-sell merchandise. The quality and level of restocking of uniforms will be reviewed.


GCAS Indoor Volleyball squad with new uniforms at the program orientation (Photo by GCAS media)

Future Developments

The receipt of additional business level sponsorship and/or state government operational funding would provide increased confidence in the role of the academy with mainstream and other sports that are yet to establish a ‘value-added’ sports program. Additional funds would be directed to the employment of sports program staff and developing the benefits to be delivered in the programs. The cost of athletes levies required would be reduced for programs as would the levies required to send teams to attend the Academy Games.

Sport Management It is anticipated that up to 10 sports programs will be offered by the GCAS in 2012. This will include the following sports; Golf (25 athletes), Future Stars (30 up from 23), Football/Soccer (40-50), Triathlon 20 (up from 14), Rugby League (25 up from 20), Volleyball (indoor and beach 43) and Basketball (24 up from 10). At least one new program is likely to be launched by June. 170-180 registered athletes and over 200 individuals including trial programs will be a major undertaking and a robust target of participation. The GCAS will be taking a squad of at least 7 Golf athletes to compete in the Academy Games in Wollongong from April 13-15. There are plans to take teams in other sports such as Basketball depending on sponsorship and availability of the athletes. The cost of taking a Golf squad to compete in the Games will be $8$9,000. While this is significant, the academy will provide funding relief GCAS Golf Squad athletes enter the 2011 to athletes to provide them with Academy Games opening ceremony additional competitive opportunities (Photo by GCAS media) and the experience of a lifetime. The event is a great introduction to what is expected of elite senior athletes; travelling as a squad, cheering and supporting their team and the excellent play of others. Walking into an Academy Games opening ceremony with about 1000 other athletes is an occasion all academy athletes are encouraged to experience if their sport is offered.

IT and Systems Maintaining and advancing the IT platform to state of the art levels is an ongoing challenge. The GCAS is embracing as much as is possible the current technologies in order to keep pace with the various changes in commonly used IT. The introduction of e-newsletters, more widely used social networking sites and further video summaries are developments


Future Developments being considered. The costs incurred in upgrading the website rather than simply scheduled maintenance will require increasing the budget allocation. The GCAS will aim to keep updated content on the website and extend the length of visits by each visitor.

Marketing and Promotion Further developing the recognition of the GCAS brand and understanding the supportive role the academy plays in the Gold Coast sports industry will be a major focus. Having an increasingly recognisable logo and a ‘golden opportunities through sport’ tagline will permeate all marketing and promotion. An even greater focus of the achievement of the athletes will be promoted on the website. Articles and images will be updated as regularly as possible. NBN television and Southern Cross media (90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM) kindly provided a combined $130,000 worth of media exposure in the form of television commercials and radio promotions. Agreement extensions will ensure these high rating media channels will be continued in 2012 and beyond. The academy would also like to recognise Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper for the print exposure provided. The GCAS worked cooperatively with the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and the Bulletin to publish a colour lift-out in February 2011 titled ‘Gold Coast Sport 2010’. This collector’s item booklet will become an annual publication and will summarise the efforts of the Gold Coast’s sporting elite alongside the GCAS athletes. Thank you to all companies who secured advertising in this publication to make this project a reality. The Board is planning to combine the resources required for the Mid-Year Appreciation Function and the Awards Night into one large event combining the Awards Night followed by a new event to be known as ‘Celebrating Success’. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided for the whole GCAS community in the lobby of the RACV Royal Pines Resort directly following the Awards Night to be held in late October 2012. The academy will continue to assist the community events of other organisations that have the best intentions of the athletes in mind. For example, the GCAS will join regional sporting providers and clubs in early February for the Department of Communities Super Sports Sign-On Day at Southport-Broadwater Parklands.

Media opportunities and experience for academy athletes (Photo by GCAS media)


While the support of the funding business partners and corporate sponsors is much appreciated, several sponsorship ‘gaps’ still exist in the sponsorship matrix. The Board and staff will be working extremely hard to fill these gaps in order to continue to provide robust sports programs. The contracted Manager of Commercial Operations will increasingly will lead the marketing and promotional activities. All sponsorship and cost savings are directed to benefit the athletes within the sports programs.

Program Reports 2011 - GOLF

GOLF – Academy program tees-off THE 2011 Golf squad inducted 25 male and female athletes aged 13 – 18 from 9 different local golf clubs. The sponsorship support of RACV Royal Pines Resort and E-Z-GO Golf cars assisted in providing high quality uniforms for the athletes in the squad and for those who represented the academy with distinction at the Academy Games in Armidale. The Director of Instruction was three-time QLD PGA Coach of the Year and Chairman of the Australian PGA Mark Gibson. He was supported by professional coach Ian Jones for the training sessions. The program was fortunate to utilise the RACV Royal Pines Resort Driving Range and the course itself as the official venue for training. Skills testing, video/ computer analysis and Putting Skill development (Photo By GCAS media) sport psychology for Golf supported the athletes existing training schedules at their home clubs. Handicap scores were regularly monitored and reduced significantly with practise and commitment. Core education sessions on topics such as injury management, finding a mentor and future career pathways in Golf complemented the 20 practical sessions offered. The program has the in-principle support of the Gold Coast Men’s and Women’s Associations and Golf Queensland. Curriculum advice, skills testing protocols and game preparation advice were offered to the athletes in line with the recommendations of these governing bodies. The squad was divided into introductory and advanced groups to cater better for ability and handicap differences. Advice was given for improvement in between the weekly sessions. A third year ‘alumni’ program is being introduced in 2012 with an even greater on-course component to be included for these athletes. The Golf program has been a model for the integration of an academy program into the existing athlete pathway of a sport.


Program Reports 2011 - GOLF FAST FACTS Program partners - E-Z-GO Golf cars / Sporte Leisure Official Venue - RACV Royal Pines Resort Coaching Staff Director of Instruction – Mark Gibson Assistant Coach – Ian Jones Managers – Richard Cumming, Karen Caban and Shane Stevenson The 2011 squad : Advanced Group : Liam Anderson, Carl Bellingham, Ryan Cumming, Caleb Hood, Sebastian Howell, Tom Hunt, Tyson Johnston-Moir, Scott Jolly, Antony Lung, Dee Dee Russell, Garrett Skinner, Jack Sullivan, Jacob Tonkin Introductory Group : Ryan Allan, Tiana Beakey, Alice Burke-Caban, Maddison Coster, Josh Edgar, Breana Hood, Peter Lyon, Connor Martin, Jacob Montgomery, Jinei Okugawa, Brandan Vo, Trent Whiting Awards : Academy Golf Athlete of the Year – Dee Dee Russell (Coolangatta/Tweed GC) Encouragement Award – Ryan Cumming (Emerald Lakes GC) Academy Chairman’s Award – Tiana Beakey (Surfers Paradise GC)

GCAS 2011 Golf Squad (Photo By GCAS media)


Program Reports 2011 - FUTURE STARS

FUTURE STARS – Developing Future Champions THE Future Stars program is open to athletes aged 13-23 who do not meet the eligibility requirements of existing GCAS programs or for those who participate in sports that are not currently offered. The Future Stars program is individually focussed and is based on a high level of personal interaction with the athletes. Individual gymnasium and personal training support together with regular core education seminars were all offered as part of the program. Athletes must have represented their chosen sport at a high level or be aspiring to such levels with the assistance of the GCAS. The program expanded to cater for 23 athletes who reside in the northern and southern regions of the Gold Coast. A northern program ran from February to August at the Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre at Runaway Bay. A new southern program was established and this began in September at the Fenix Fitness Club at Robina. The athletes in both centres had access to a wide variety of entitlements to assist them further in the development in their chosen sport. The athletes were provided with individual access to gym memberships with unlimited visits, physiotherapy and sport psychology support. The athletes were advised in time management to utilise these services when it best suited their existing training schedules. All athletes were expected to attend core education seminars once a month allowing them to interact as a group on topics such as nutrition, stretching and warm-up, sport psychology and media skills training. FAST FACTS Program Partners : Runaway Bay Sports and Leadership Excellence Centre, Runaway Bay Fenix Fitness Club, Robina Australian Institute of Personal Trainers Awards : Program Athlete of the Year North Gold Coast – Katelyn Simpson (Athletics) Encouragement Award North Gold Coast – Leshay Wells (Athletics)


Program Reports 2011 - FUTURE STARS

GCAS Future Stars north squad (Photos by GCAS media) North Gold Coast Squad, Runaway Bay : Athletes: Kenza Benzenati (Athletics), Darcey Campbell (Athletics), Jarrod Chesser (Rugby League), Kiya-May Chesser (Swimming), William Choi (Rugby League/Touch Football), Daniel Coleman (Cross Country), Hayden Harrison (Rugby League), Rebekah Matulis (Athletics), Calvin Quirk (Athletics), Dylan Scrocca (Rugby League), Katelyn Simpson (Athletics), Omeed Tasmim (Football), Andrew Vann (Basketball), Leshay Wells (Athletics)

GCAS Future Stars south squad (Photos by GCAS media) South Gold Coast Squad, Robina : Athletes: Holly Bannatyne (Netball), Keanu Dawson (Rugby League), Alexander Holmes (Rugby Union), Jake Gleeson (Rugby League), Keenan Palasia (Rugby League), Dylan Prideaux (Wakeboarding), Ryan McKillop-Davies (Soccer), Jacob Roby (Rugby League), Shaun Wilson (AFL)


Program Reports 2011 - FOOTBALL (Soccer)

FOOTBALL (Soccer) – Kicking ahead THE 2011 Football program provided over 100 hours of ‘value-added’ quality practical Soccer training and core education enhancing the skill level and knowledge of over 50 athletes who participated in the main winter program and off-season come’n’try sessions. Venues from Labrador to Palm Beach were used to spread the program throughout the Gold Coast Football community and improve the ease of access to sessions. Following the conclusion of the season proper and given the high level of interest and support from the coaches and athletes, the program continued throughout the off-season until December. During this period, 20 athletes travelled to New Zealand to play matches against the Chelsea Football Club’s Asia-Pacific Academy squad. Life Skills sessions on topics such as social media in Football were also offered to the athletes by Griffith University. Twice weekly sessions were organised to complement club based training, regional training sessions and weekend club matches. The coaching staff was led by Director of Instruction Gary Scott who brings 30 years of playing and coaching experience to the program. Gary was supported by numerous assistant coaches including Clint Savage, visiting coaches from the Chelsea and Watford Clubs in the UK and coaches from Brisbane. A school holiday day clinic with academy coaches from the Chelsea FC in the UK Premier League was a highlight and is planned to be offered again in 2012. Towards the end of the season, selected academy athletes were invited to trial with the Gold Coast United academy squad. Opportunities like these provide further exposure to higher levels of participation. The GCAS will continue to support the participation of its athletes in local representative teams or club level competition.

2011 GCAS Football squad members (Photo by GCAS media)

GCAS Football squad warming down at the RACV Royal Pines Resort (Photo by Yarda Hofmann)


Program Reports 2011 - FOOTBALL (Soccer)

Program athlete of the Year Dion Meacham and the Football squad at the GCAS Awards Night. (Photo by Paul Christou) FAST FACTS Program partners - Calgym Physical Conditioning Systems / RACV Royal Pines Resort Venues - Labrador Hockey Centre / Carrara Sport Complex / Tallebudgera Be Active Recreation Centre / North Palm Beach / Emerald Lakes Fields, Carrara / RACV Royal Pines Resort International Training field Coaching Staff Director of Instruction – Gary Scott Assistant Coach – Clint Savage Manager – Brad Hill Winter squad - Nicholas Allen, Marcus Allison, Georgina Amos, Cody Anderson, Brock Anderson, Blake Angus, Daniel Auld, Daniel Bell, Domingos Cardoso, Emmanuel Cardoso, Akin Celik, Alistair Davis, Paige Galbraith, Jonah Gele, Jackson Hill, Roman Hofmann, Jordan Martin, Joshua Martin, Dion Meacham, Sebastian Moradi, Nathan Nagy, Morgan Saunders, Rhys Saunders, Houston Small, Dimitri Sofatzis, Curtis Stollery, Lincoln Stollery, Phillip Temelkoski, Blake Thompson, Eva Van Groningen Awards : Program athlete of the year – Dion Meacham / Encouragement award – Georgina Amos

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Program Reports 2011 - TRIATHLON

TRIATHLON – ‘Hot spot’ of development THE Gold Coast Academy of Sport Triathlon program received in-principle support from Triathlon Queensland, Triathlon Australia and the National High Performance Program. The inclusion of a regional academy program into the existing pathway for Triathlon is making the Gold Coast a ‘hot spot’ in the development of this growing sport. The program was a combination of technical and skills–based training camps (including core education sessions) and additional training days complementing the athletes existing training and competitive schedules. The addition of an academy program is designed to offer local athletes even greater skills in the sport providing them with a competitive advantage for existing competitions and higher levels in the sport. The Director of Instruction was sport scientist Chris Lang, a former regional academy athlete himself and current coach of some of the most elite athletes in Triathlon. Assistant coach was Jenny Alcorn, head coach of the Surfers Paradise Triathlon Club with extensive experience coaching from beginning athletes to the elite level. Training for the squad included a comprehensive variety of swimming, cycling and running technique training together with core educational seminars in topics such as sport psychology and further opportunities in Triathlon.

GCAS Triathlon squad members preparing for a road cycle training session (Photo by GCAS media)


Program Reports 2011 - TRIATHLON

2011 Triathlon camp squad (Photo by GCAS media) FAST FACTS Program partners - Triathlon Queensland / Triathlon Australia / National High Performance Program Official Venues - Sports Super Centre, Runaway Bay / Lake Hugh Muntz, Robina / Nerang Cycling Velodrome Coaching Staff Director of Instruction – Chris Lang Assistant Coach – Jenny Alcorn The 2011 squad : Brady Bastin, Daniel Coleman, Jesse Dixon, Connor Dougherty, Jenna Fulton, Breony Heaton, Jordan McLennan, Dakota-Lily Morris, Charlie Quin, Kane Richards, Bradley Soden, Nicholas Swanson, Sophie Walker, Kye Wylde Program athlete of the year – Daniel Coleman Encouragement award – Jordan McLennan


Program Reports 2011 - RUGBY LEAGUE

RUGBY LEAGUE (developing Indigenous All-Stars) THE inspiration of the 2011 Rugby League program for Indigenous athletes was the NRL’s pre-season Indigenous versus All-Stars annual match at Skilled Park. This program developed the next generation of young Indigenous All-Stars to be even better equipped to perform in their own Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League team. In-principle support from the Queensland Rugby League, Gold Coast Titans and Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League assisted a State Government Active Inclusion grant to fund the program. 13 ‘value-added’ quality practical Rugby League training and core education sessions enhanced the abilities of the 20 athletes who participated in the program. After 5 introductory training sessions, the program toured 8 junior clubs in the Gold Coast Junior League giving experience to coach beginner players and to join in with other athletes of their own age group. The Director of Instruction was Indigenous mentor Sid Doyle who brings many years of playing and coaching experience to the program. Ably supporting Sid was assistant coach Kevin Thompson. The program ambassador was Indigenous All-Star Ryan James.

2011 Rugby League squad members with the Gold Coast Titans and sponsors at the program launch (Photo by GCAS media)


Program Reports 2011 - RUGBY LEAGUE A highlight of the program was a launch at the Gold Coast Titans hosted by CEO Michael Searle. The athletes met Preston Campbell and Ryan James from the Indigenous All-Stars team. Later in the program, the athletes and their parents toured the Centre of Excellence and completed their League Safe Basic First Aid course. To conclude the program, the Indigenous athletes were joined by many others to attend a 3-day training camp at the State Government’s Currimundi Be Active Recreation Camp on the Sunshine Coast. The program is planning to expand with the increased support of the Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League.

GCAS Rugby League squad members ‘actively included’ coaching juniors (Photo by GCAS media)

FAST FACTS Program partners - Queensland Rugby League (SE division) / Gold Coast Junior Rugby League / Gold Coast Titans

GCAS Rugby League athletes at the GCAS Awards Night. (Photo by Paul Christou)

Venues - Robina Raptors JRLFC / Active inclusion visits to - Currumbin JRLFC, Nerang JRLFC, Beaudesert JRLFC, Helensvale JRLFC, Southport JRLFC / Gold Coast Titans Centre of Excellence and Skilled Park Coaching Staff - Director of Instruction – Sid Doyle / Assistant Coach – Kevin Thompson The 2011 squad: Daniel Blow, Bronson Buggy, Braeden Cronin, Bailey Currie, Braydon Guivarra, Brandan Halliday-Thompson, Fletcher Harold, Blake Heke, Jesse Heke, Harold Hopkins, Bronson Kumar, Adam Lock, Jared Lock, Cameron Mansell, Blake McKinley, Samuel Skinner, Tahj Smart, Raven Tarare, Russell Tighe Awards : Program athlete of the year – Jared Lock (Nerang) Encouragement award – Cameron Mansell (Helensvale)


Program Reports 2011 - BASKETBALL

Basketball bounces into the Academy With the in-principle support of Basketball Queensland, Gold Coast Basketball and Seahawks GC Basketball, the GCAS Basketball program started with keen squad of athletes. Additional skill development sessions with a focus on technique improvement in the sport were offered. All athletes (male and female) aged U/13-U/15 who are currently registered with a local Basketball association were invited to join the program when it began in October. Former Blaze Development Officer Sean Fernance is the Program Coordinator with the support of qualified coaches such as former NBL player Thalo Green, current Blaze assistant coach Mick Conlan and Gold Coast Blaze players who attended the training sessions to encourage the athletes. It is an aim of the academy to ultimately have a vibrant underpinning program for each of the Gold Coast teams in a national competition such as the Gold Coast Blaze NBL team. The other point of difference for the Basketball program is the opportunity for inter-academy matches and the possibility of entering a Gold Coast Academy Basketball team into the Academy Games.

GCAS Basketball inaugural squad members with Blaze NBL players Will Hudson and James Harvey together with coach Thalo Green and program coordinator Sean Fernance (Photo by GCAS media)


Program Reports 2011 - BASKETBALL

Gold Coast Blaze players join the GCAS Basketball athletes on court (Photo by GCAS media) FAST FACTS Program partners - Basketball Queensland / Gold Coast Basketball / Seahawks GC Basketball / Gold Coast Blaze NBL team Venues - The Southport School (TSS) Coaching Staff Director of Instruction Volleyball – Aaron Alsop Program Coordinator Basketball – Sean Fernance Coaches Basketball – Thalo Green and Mick Conlan 2011 Inaugural Basketball squad : Kirsty Barker, Nathaniel Bowden, Keagan Kirkwood, Dana Raguz, Lauryn Tidey, Shanelle Tolley, Andrew Veh, Luke Weston, Olivia Weckerle Awards : to be presented at the 2012 GCAS Awards Night


Program Reports 2011 - VOLLEYBALL

Spike of interest in Volleyball AN exciting development for the regional Academy this year was the development of ‘value-added’ trial programs for Volleyball (both Indoor and Beach). The academy also assisted in developing interest in the newly formed Gold Coast Volleyball Association. Prior to the introduction of these programs, there were limited opportunities in the region for committed pre-elite athletes outside school hours. Quite remarkably, 43 keen athletes attended the skill and game development program and 16 teams joined the new local association competition at the St Hilda’s School Multi-Purpose Centre, Southport. The Director of Instruction is former QAS athlete and coach Aaron Alsop. The Head Coach (indoor) is Andrew McCaskill who is the current Queensland senior women’s coach and has well over 100 games of international match experience. A GCAS Beach Volleyball camp program was also trialled in December. The academy was fortunate to have high calibre coaches such as Olympic Gold medallist Natalie Cook, internationally renowned coach Steve Anderson and former American tour professional Eddie Stokes ready to develop of a keen squad of pre-elite Beach Volleyball athletes.

2011 GCAS Indoor Volleyball squad members (Photo by GCAS media)


Program Reports 2011 - VOLLEYBALL Given the success of these Indoor and Beach Volleyball trial programs, plans for expansion are developing to allow them to become ongoing Academy programs in the future. The GCAS is currently seeking a program sponsor to ensure that all of these benefits are able to be delivered successfully in the new year. FAST FACTS Program partners Gold Coast Volleyball League Venues St Hilda’s School, Southport Sport and Leadership Centre (Sports Super Centre), Runaway Bay Coaching Staff Director of Instruction Volleyball – Aaron Alsop Head Coach Volleyball – Andrew McCaskill Coaches Volleyball – Steve Anderson, Natalie Cook and Eddie Stokes 2011 Volleyball squad: Karys Black, Elizabeth Boniface, Stephanie Boniface, Carina Brennan, Emma burton, Abby ByrneHartmann, Demi-Rae Cudbertson, Kate Fordyce, Georgia Hjort, Jardey Marsh, Ruby Mayson, Jamie Meredith, Hannah Neave, Alana Setting drills (Photo by GCAS media) Neave, Rose Presto, Renee Reardon, Jessica Roche, Kneirah Salam, Rina Schulte, Claudia Young, Brody Brooke, Tom Golden, Drew Herbert, Brendan Herd, Heather Lake, Vanessa Perozzi Mamarin, Gabrielle Rodgers, Tiarne Sparks, Anneke van der Sluis, Melina Rotter, Lavine Cesareo, Frances Goldfinch, Hannah Hollis, Kailey Inskip, Harry Kryska, Eveline Lupu, Adelle Herse, Damian Bergsma, Bede Bouzaid, Gabrielle Evaga, Spencer Evaga, Brenton Gibson, Sean McPhail, Mattias Evaga Awards : to be presented at the 2012 GCAS Awards Night


2011 Awards Night

Stars gather at Awards Night The Awards Night recognises every scholarship athlete with a Graduation certificate. The awards recognise outstanding achievement and provide encouragement to selected athletes. The recipient of the 2011 Academy Male Athlete of the Year was Daniel Coleman. He showed his versatility and dedication by being a member of the Triathlon as well as the Future Stars North programs. In Triathlon he represented Australia as the youngest member of the team in the World Triathlon Championships in Beijing. As a special honour in 2011, he was awarded the coveted PIERRE de COUBERTIN award by the Queensland Olympic Council. This award recognises initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a variety of sports. The Gold Coast Academy of Sport’s Female Athlete of the Year Award was Katelyn Simpson from the Future Stars North program. Katelyn was selected in the Australian team to compete in the 1500 metres at the World Youth Championships in France. Katelyn made the final and ran a personal best. She was awarded a Queensland State Rising Star Award at the Hyundai Queensland Women’s Sports Star of the Year Awards. The recipient of the Chairman’s Award was Tiana Beakey. At just 13, Tiana was the leading GCAS Golf athlete at the Academy Games and finished third overall in the tournament. She has now been offered a place in the Pro-Am at the LPGA Ladies Masters at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in recognition of her efforts in representing the Academy both on and off the Golf course.

Tiana Beakey (Photos by Paul Christou)

Daniel Coleman (Photos by Paul Christou)

Katelyn Simpson (Photos by Paul Christou)


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Sports Stars assist GCAS athletes

Beach Volleyball Olympic Gold medallist Natalie Cook was a special guest at the GCAS Beach Volleyball camp with elite coaches Eddie Stokes and Steve Anderson

Gold Coast Suns AFL captain Gary Ablett presented at a GCAS core education session on the topic of branding in sport


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2011 GCAS Annual Report  

The 2011 Annual Report of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport