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April News from Sportspeople 


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

Recent Sportspeople Recruitment Appointments

We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

  • Chief Executive Officer - Rowing New South Wales - Margot Harley
  • Chief Executive - Wellington Hockey Association - Kit Taylor
  • HP Athlete Development Consultant - High Performance Sport New Zealand - Tony Readings
  • National Female Participation Manager - Golf Australia - Chyloe Kurdas
  • HR Coordinator - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Sasha Qaiser

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

Sportspeople Recruitment Current Vacancies

The following roles are currently available through Sportspeople Recruitment:


Chief Executive Officer - National Peak Body - COMING SOON

- National Peak Industry Body
- Hands-on Chief Executive Officer role, responsible for leading all operational aspects
- $170,000 - $200,000 pa Package 
- Melbourne based

Ski Racnig

Chief Executive Officer - Ski Racing Australia

- National Sport Organisation
- Hands-on Chief Executive Officer role, working closely with a skill based Board
- Safety, compliance and membership growth focus
- $125,000 Circa
- Melbourne based


HP Coaching Manager - High Performance Sport New Zealand

- National Sport Organisation
- Lead HPSNZ's HP Coaching Consultants (5) and the Manager of the Coach Accelerator              Programme
- Lead the implementation of the HPSNZ 2017-2024 NZ HP Coaching Plan
- Auckland based 

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

  • Chief Executive Officer - Cycling NSW
  • Chief Executive Officer - Vicsport 
  • Player Development Manager - New South Wales Rugby League 
  • General Manager - Bankstown Basketball Association

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

Congratulations Leigh Russell - Swimming Australia’s new CEO

One of the most important measures of the Sportspeople Recruitment business is the success of the candidates we place in jobs. It’s not just about filling the job of course; it’s really measured by the achievement of the key performance indicators set by the employer and of course, personal fulfilment of the employee. So it’s always pleasing to see Sportspeople Recruitment Alumni not only achieving great things for their employer but also see them acknowledged as industry leaders.

Sportspeople Recruitment Alumni continue to shine with Leigh Russell’s appointment as CEO Swimming Australia announced last week - Leigh was appointed CEO Netball Victoria in 2009 in a selection process managed by Sportspeople Recruitment, and successfully held the position through to 2012.

A great appointment by the Swimming Australia Board and a great appointment for Australian sport.

Robert McMurtrie
Director - Sportspeople Recruitment

Understanding the Rejection Cycle

When a candidate applies for a job they join a queue of other candidates competing for the same job. While it is somewhat a statement of the obvious it is important to remember the recruitment process is typically designed to arrive at just one appointment for every job advertised. If there are 80 applications for a job and only 1 successful appointment, this means 79 will be unsuccessful.

And of course, with more candidates than jobs it is inevitable even very capable, skilled and highly credentialed candidates will not be successful for every job which they apply.

A simple rule of thumb is the combination of a robust recruitment process, based on factors of merit, incorporating a structured interview protocol and solid background investigation, reference checking and pre-employment testing, will identify the most capable and suitable candidates.

Dealing with rejection is difficult for most people and that’s why employers need to regularly communicate with candidates throughout the recruitment process. Surveys by Sportspeople Recruitment have consistently shown candidates are more willing to accept they have been unsuccessful if they are advised in a courteous and timely manner and the recruitment has been against a specific job brief.

If you are an employer it is important to regularly communicate with the candidates and advise them as soon as possible when they have been unsuccessful. If you are a candidate it is equally important to understand you will not be successful for every job you apply and other candidates of merit are being considered alongside you every time you throw your hat in the ring.

Robert McMurtrie
Director - Sportspeople Recruitment

Online tools for Employers when recruiting new staff

Hiring people is a substantial and often risky investment for any business. And when candidates really want the job, they’ll often tell you what you want to hear. Resumes, interviews and reference checks will only ever give you part of the picture.

Sportspeople's partnership with Revelian provides a suite of simple to use online tools for employers when recruiting new staff or assessing current staff. This service is DIY via the Sportspeople-Revelian portal and provides special discounts to employers.

Revelian assessments give you real insight into whether a candidate is truly likely to succeed and help your business grow, using proven methods of predicting performance at work. Regardless of your industry or the type of role, Revelian assessments will tell you what’s ‘under the hood’ by giving you objective and accurate insights into each of your candidates.

Employers are now able to access Revelian’s most popular recruitment and development assessments to use when and how you need them.

This includes:

  • Aptitude assessments - Cognitive Ability Test and separate ability tests that focus on one aspect of ability such as verbal, numerical or abstract reasoning.
  • Culture & Engagement Assessments - Cultural Fit and Role Fit.
  • Work Safety Assessment - to help you identify people who are more likely to behave safely at work and avoid risky behaviour.
  • Reliability Scale - to assist in identifying whether a candidate is likely to be trustworthy and reliable.
  • Game based Assessment including “Cognify” - a set of 5-7 mini-games or puzzles that measure problem solving, numerical reasoning, processing speed and verbal knowledge and “Theme Park Hero” - an engaging and interactive way to understand a candidate’s mental agility, cognitive speed, spatial aptitude, attention and numerical reasoning.
  • Personality & Emotional Intelligence.
  • Skills Assessment.

To get started you simply need to Register here - Once registered and set up with a password, you’ll be able to view pricing and assessment information, learn more about the full suite of assessments and get going. Prices start as low as $35 (Skills Tests) through to $135 for the popular Behavioural Profile assessment.

So, if you want to avoid the stress of a wrong hire or help develop your staff, what are you waiting for?  

Robert McMurtrie
Director - Sportspeople Recruitment

Fast Facts from March 2018

Here are some fast facts from Sportspeople's Jobs Market activity in March 2018:

Top Sportspeople Jobs Market Advertisers

  • Leonards Advertising
  • YMCA
  • Tennis Australia
  • RecLink Australia
  • Fit n Fast
  • Gymnastics Victoria
  • Sydney Swans 

Most viewed Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements

  • Performance Personal Training - Career Personal Trainer
  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority - Age Development Coach
  • TIXSTAR Group - Event Coordinator
  • Athletics Australia - High Performance Director
  • Tanya's Travelling Tadpole Tuition - Mobile Swimming Instructor
  • Sydney Roosters - Community Manager
  • Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly - Regional Association Development Officer - West
  • Kelly Mini Sports - Sports Coach
  • Samoa Rugby Union - Strength and Conditioning Trainer (Assistant)
  • Sportspro Pty Ltd - PDHPA Teachers - Term 2 2018

Volunteer, Internship and Community Sport Club positions listed - 98

New courses, programs and activities listed at Sportspeople Learning - 10

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:


Fitness and High Performance Courses


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

More ways to connect with Sportspeople

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 LinkedIn - Sportspeople Recruitment Company Page

Here you can join in on discussions and polls on a range of topics, and be updated on the latest industry trends as well as jobs and services updates from Sportspeople, all in your LinkedIn newsfeed!

Sportspeople Recruitment also manages a number of "Groups" on LinkedIn, open exclusively to industry professionals who meet the joining criteria:

 LinkedIn - Sport, Fitness and Aquatics Community

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry CEOs

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry HR Managers

 LinkedIn - High Performance Sport Professionals

 LinkedIn - Marketing, Communications, Digital Media & Sponsorship Professionals

 Sportspeople - Register as a Job Seeker

A Sportspeople Job Seeker Registration is free and completing the on-line form takes around 2 minutes. Once registered you’ll be on your way to joining Australia's and New Zealand's largest on-line community for the sport, fitness, aquatic, coaching, venues, events, leisure and wellness sector. 

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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