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December/January News from Sportspeople 

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Welcome to the latest e-news from Sportspeople. In this issue we outline:

Recent Sportspeople Appointments

We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

  • Chief Executive Officer - Vicsport - Steven Potts - click here for press release
  • Recruitment Manager - Bulldogs Rugby League Club - Warren McDonnell
  • Pathway Performance Manager - Bulldogs Rugby League Club - Andrew Patmore
  • Independent Community Director - Blacktown Venue Management - Jim Taggart
  • Independent Community Director - Blacktown Venue Management - Christine Deaner (First female member of the Board!)

Don't forget you can announce your appointments as well as see recent Sportspeople and other industry appointments at the "Who got that job?" page at the Sportspeople website.

Sportspeople Current Vacancies

The following roles are currently available through Sportspeople:

Basketball NSW

Chief Executive Officer

- Leading state sporting association
- Membership, stakeholder and commercial focus
- Oversee the operations of Basketball NSW and its consolidated entities ($12m)
- Homebush (NSW) location; Salary structured to attract high quality candidates

Apply by 9 December


Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) National Coach

- Gymnastics in Australia is about to embark on a period of unprecedented change!
- Develop and implement a clear strategic direction for WAG in Australia that will result in
  Australia’s sustained success on the world stage
- Work closely & collaboratively with Head Coaches & technical personnel across Australia
- Location negotiable; Salary to attract high quality candidates

Apply by 9 December


Global/Associate Recruitment Consultants - Industry Specialists

- To ensure we are best able to respond to the growth in our business, Sportspeople is
  now offering the opportunity for Consultants with specialist knowledge and networks in
  a defined territory (NSW or QLD) or a specific industry niche to join our team
- Operate as an Independent Contractor with a time commitment dependent on your
  needs, circumstances and availability
- Brisbane (QLD) or Sydney (NSW) location negotiable

Expressions of interest invited


Operations Manager - COMING SOON

- Join Australia’s most prestigious sporting organisation, working with a high profile Board
  and dynamic staff based at the iconic MCG
- Varied project management, events and administration role
- Build the story of Australian sporting history and legacy for the next generation
- East Melbourne (VIC) location


The following positions have now closed and are progressing through the recruitment cycle:

  • Chief Executive Officer - Swimming New Zealand
  • Chief Executive (Part Time) - North Harbour Gymnastics Centre
  • Manager - Events and Competitions - Netball Queensland
  • Centre Manager - WaterMarc - Belgravia Leisure
  • National Performance Director - Gymnastics Australia
  • WAG National Centre Excellence Head & Senior Coaches - Gymnastics Australia
  • Performance Team Director - Western Australian Institute of Sport
  • Director - Athlete Performance Support Consultants - High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • Athlete Performance Support Consultant - High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • Innovation Manager - High Performance Sport New Zealand - filled! Announcement pending

You can view all of these roles at the Sportspeople Jobs Market. In addition to roles being recruited by Sportspeople, you'll also find other vacancies in the sport, fitness, aquatics, coaching, venues, events, leisure and lifestyle sector at the Sportspeople Jobs Market.

Reflection on Sportspeople's 20 years

As this is our final e-news for 2016 and as it also wraps up Sportspeople’s 20th anniversary year, we thought we’d ask Sportspeople’s Founder and Director, Robert McMurtrie to provide a few notable highlights of what has been a remarkable journey for the business since first launching in 1996.

What would you see as Sportspeople’s greatest achievement over the past 20 years?
It’s impossible for me to identify one single appointment or even one particular highlight given so much has happened over the past two decades. What I will say is the sport management profession in particular has progressed significantly from where it was in 1996 and I’d like to think Sportspeople has played a role in this professionalisation. This has been achieved through broadening the search and selection process to include talent from outside the sector; recognising and advancing talent within the sector and finally, positively influencing the conditions of employment, including remuneration, for all tiers of management from entry level to Chief Executive. I also take great pride in the development of the people that have worked for and with Sportspeople over this time. We have had interns undertake their University professional development placement with us who are now CEOs and others senior managers within the sector; staff who have gone on to build successful careers off the back of their work with us and of course a highly talented, professional group of staff and Global Recruitment Consultants in place right now that I'd say are our best ever. 

What about the other functional areas of Sportspeople’s services that reach into fitness, aquatics, venues, recreation and events?
The Sportspeople business certainly grew from a sport sector focus, however we have of course played an equally important role in many other occupational categories and industries including fitness, aquatics, recreation, venues and major events. The breadth of our work over the past 20 years has provided opportunity to assist in the recruitment of over 100,000 people across our Job Board and our recruitment businesses. In the fitness sector we have recruited the CEO of Fitness Australia through to Centre Managers and Personal Trainers; in aquatics we have recruited the CEO of AUSTSWIM, lifeguards, swim school instructors and Centre Managers; in the venues sector we have filled over 70 roles for the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust, managed the set-up of venues such as the South Australian Aquatic Centre (200 staff), Western Leisure Services (250+ staff) and Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (70 staff) and of course in the events area we have managed the large scale recruitment of World Championship events such as the 2007 World Swimming Championships, 2009 Sydney World Masters Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup and assisted in the outplacement of staff for events since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games through to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and will shortly be assisting the 2017 World Masters Games scheduled in Auckland next year.

What role has the Sportspeople Job Board played?
One of the most significant changes to recruitment these past 20 years is how Job Seekers find and apply for jobs. In 1996 and pretty much through to 2005 it was newspapers that carried all the positions vacant. Job Boards of course only came into existence in 1998 when SEEK launched into the Australian market. The Sportspeople Job Board was launched in 1999 shortly after, making it one of Australia’s foundation Job Boards and certainly the first of its kind in Australia and we think the world. Over the period since 1999 the Sportspeople Job Board has established a reputation as the leading source for jobs in sport, fitness and aquatics. We now reach over 160 countries and in the past 12 months had over 2.7million visitors. One of the most rewarding aspects of working for Sportspeople is to bump into someone who tells me they found their job at the Sportspeople Job Board or an employer who writes to us to tell us of the success they had through their listing. Our original slogan was ... bringing Job seekers and Employers together every day ... and I know we are still achieving this more than ever before.

Has there been a noticeable shift in the numbers of women working in the sector?
While I can certainly say Sportspeople has positively influenced the opportunities for women through our recruitment endeavour, the glass ceiling still exists in sport. You only need to read the Sportspeople KnowledgeBase to get a picture of what we have been attempting to do to address this imbalance.  Some of our strategies have absolutely made a difference including ensuring there is gender balance on the selection panel, eliminating discriminatory wording in position descriptions through to actively targeting and championing outstanding female leaders. I honestly think we have done everything within our capacity to bring about change but regrettably the sport sector, particularly the larger, highly commercialised sports, have not changed significantly over the 20 years. We still have much to do and there is no better time than now to be doing it.

What do you see as the future trends for jobs?
In preparation for a Conference at which I was speaking, I wrote an article which focussed on this very topic. The essence of the article was that the majority of the jobs of the future may not have even been invented yet. If I was to step back to 1996 and be presented with a job list from 2016 I’d be scratching my head puzzled by the terminology. Social Media, Inclusion, Welfare and Data Analyst ..... the list would go on and on. But what I do know is that sport, fitness, aquatics, recreation, venues and events are people facing industries and as such will always require talented people in key management and delivery roles. I look forward to Sportspeople continuing to play an important and integral role in the matching of employers with first-class Job Seekers. 

Refinements and Price Changes at the Sportspeople Jobs Market

Launched in 1999 the Sportspeople Jobs Market has long been Australia's most comprehensive and successful online job board for vacancies in sport, fitness and aquatics.

Over the past seventeen years the growth in the Sportspeople Jobs Market audience has been nothing less than remarkable, outstripping even our expectations in terms of the reach, number of visitors and market awareness. In 2016 the Sportspeople Jobs Market is not only Australia's & New Zealand's premier specialist Job Board for the sport, fitness & aquatic sector, it is now truly established as an international leader. 

Our most important measure of success when using the Sportspeople Jobs Market is the end result for both employers and job seekers. Over the past few years alone we have helped fill in excess of 50,000 jobs and assisted employers and job seekers in many other ways through our range of services. 

In response to direct customer feedback and observing trends from roles listed at the Sportspeople Jobs Market, we have made the following refinements to the Selection Criteria:

  • Qualified Swim Teacher - Can select Qualified Swim Teacher or Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety/Swim Australia Teacher or now drill down to either AUSTSWIM Certificate or Swim Australia Teacher
  • Group Fitness Qualifications - addition of Aqua Instructor, Les Mills GEL, TRX, Kettlebell and Crossfit
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching Qualifications - NEW criteria available
  • Other requirements - addition of Operate Defibrillator, National Police Check, ABN and current Public Liability & Indemnity Insurance

Employers now have the option of selecting these classifications and selection criteria when listing positions.

Job Seekers can now refine their search at the Sportspeople Jobs Market by using these qualifications. We highly encourage Registered Job Seekers login and update the classifications and qualifications in the Job Seeker Profile to ensure the most relevant jobs are received in the weekly e-mail alert service.

While we continue to market extensively within the sport, fitness and aquatic sectors particularly, we have also broadened our marketing to include event sponsorships and other direct advertising in print and online media. We recognise the sport, fitness and aquatic sector operates within a larger market place here in Australia, New Zealand and internationally and we continue to allocate funds not only to remain competitive but also to ensure employers using the Sportspeople Jobs Market achieve strong results.

All of our services are underpinned by a dedicated commitment to bring job seekers and employers together. With a "new-look" website in development and many exciting new features to be launched progressively over 2017, we will be able to provide an easier match between job seekers and relevant jobs like never before. We will be applying a small price increase in 2017, the first since January 2015, and we will continue to do all things necessary to ensure all our services are provided to accommodate the often tight budgets within the sport, fitness and aquatic sector.

The new price structure for Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements placed from 1 January, 2017 is as follows: 

Standard Job - $180 + GST 
Hot Job - $280 + GST 
Featured Job - $380 + GST
Volunteer/Internship/Community Sport Club - FREE

From all of us at Sportspeople, thank you again for your continued support.

If you have any requests for additional features at the Sportspeople Jobs Market or any feature at the Sportspeople website, please email and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Latest Learning Advertisements

Remember: Listing at Sportspeople Learning is now FREE! There are currently over 500 courses, programs and professional development activities listed at Sportspeople Learning. A selection of the latest advertisers include:


Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management - online course

To view all listed courses, programs and activities please visit Sportspeople Learning.

Fast Facts from November 2016

Here are some fast facts from Sportspeople's Jobs Market activity in November 2016:

Top Sportspeople Jobs Market Advertisers

  • Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Australian University Sport
  • Belgravia Leisure
  • Fit n Fast
  • Loreto Swim School
  • National Rugby League (NRL)
  • Netball NSW
  • Water Polo Queensland
  • YMCA

Most viewed Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements

  • High Performance Director - Athletics Australia
  • Member Engagement and Operations Executive - South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Event Coordinator - Max Events
  • Event Day Box Office Attendants - Ticketmaster Australia
  • Event Coordinator - Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
  • Physical Performance Coach - Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Sports Program Manager - Western Region Academy of Sport
  • Australian Open 2017 Site Operations Team - Tennis Australia
  • National Women's Head Coach - Water Polo Australia
  • Sports Administrator - Santa Sabina College
  • Performance Analyst Internship - Westfields Sports High School

Volunteer, Internship and Community Sport Club positions listed - 44

New courses, programs and activities listed at Sportspeople Learning - 104

Best Wishes for a relaxing Xmas and a successful 2017

Xmas Christmas Masthead croppedIn a sector that too often undervalues the contribution of professional staff, we hope you can find the time to reflect on your achievements in 2016 and spend some time with the people that really count in your life.

From all of us at Sportspeople, thank you again for your support throughout the year. We hope 2017 is a great success and look forward to having the opportunity of working with you next year. 

Xmas/New Year holiday closure

Sportspeople Jobs Market - all services open throughout the Xmas/New Year Holiday period. Advertisers will be able to post new roles and/or edit existing positions and job seekers will have normal access to the Sportspeople Jobs Market.

Sportspeople Learning - all services open throughout the Xmas/New Year Holiday period as normal.

The Sportspeople International Recruitment Centre will be closed from 12 noon Friday 23 December, 2016 and will re-open Tuesday 3 January, 2017. Messages can be left on FREECALL Australia 1800 634 388, FREECALL New Zealand 0800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000 over this period or via e-mail

More Information?

If you would like to find out more about Sportspeople or any of our services, please contact us on FREECALL Australia 1800 634 388 or FREECALL New Zealand 0800 634 388 or email

Best Regards,

Customer Service Team
Sportspeople Pty Ltd


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