Michael Clarke leads talented team for Our Sporting Future
02 Oct 2015
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke will discuss his journey through sport – from his junior days to leading the national team – when he headlines the Our Sporting Future (OSF) conference on the Gold Coast.
Clarke – considered one of Australia’s greatest batsmen – joins a top line-up of speakers including Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith and panellist from ABC television’s Gruen, Russel Howcroft, for the OSF conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 21-23.
OSF is a major Australian sporting conference hosted by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) every two years, with a focus on sport participation and strengthening Australia’s sporting organisations. It will be held on the Gold Coast in 2015 and 2017, a strong platform building up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
This year’s event will cover a number of key themes including the commercialisation of sport, participation growth, innovation through technology and building organisational capability.
“Our Sporting Future will be a great opportunity to highlight how taking part in sport as a boy shaped my sporting career and who I am as a person,” said Clarke, who played 115 Tests for Australia.
“I hope my experiences – from playing in the backyard to playing for Australia at Test level for more than 10 years – will provide some insight into the past, but also generate talk about the future direction of sports participation in Australia.”
ASC chief executive officer Simon Hollingsworth said OSF was the ideal forum for the Australian sports community to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Australian sport.
“The ASC is taking the lead in developing sport in Australia, this year launching initiatives such as the Sporting Schools programme and our blueprint for sports participation - Play.Sport.Australia.,” Hollingsworth said. “OSF is an opportunity for stakeholders across every level of sport to discuss and contribute to the future of Australian sport.”
For more information and to register for OSF, visit www.oursportingfuture.com