Peel Sports Forum 2018: National sports stars to hit Mandurah as guest speakers

Some of Australia’s most well-renowned athletes will hit Mandurah as guest speakers and panelists at the 2018 Peel Sports Forum in a fortnight.

Headlined by three-time Olympic gold medalist and former Australian female hockey captain Rechelle Hawkes, the panel will also include master of ceremonies Mark Readings, Australian swimmer Holly Barratt, Paralympic snowboarder Sean Pollard performance psychologist Jodii Maguire.

The discussion of the forum, headed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, will be based around building resilience in sport.

Brent Garvey and Brad Scott spoke at last year's forum. Photo: Justin Rake.

Brent Garvey and Brad Scott spoke at last year's forum. Photo: Justin Rake.

It will offer local athletes, clubs and organisations ways to improve their standing in the community, and clubs will also have the chance to learn how to further their athletes.

Paralympic silver medallist Brad Scott will be on deck to present the tools to develop resilience, while further discussions will be based around retaining youth in sport, a problem faced by most local clubs.

Comedian and speaker Malcolm Dix will help bring open and honest talk to your club, while new age marketing group Meerkats will showcase practical tools and strategies to market your club on a low budget.

Rechelle Hawkes will headline this year's forum. Photo: Nick Falconer.

Rechelle Hawkes will headline this year's forum. Photo: Nick Falconer.

As keynote speaker, Hawkes’ address will focus largely on the importance of teamwork, how to overcome adversity and owning your sporting ambitions.

Hawkes is one of only two Australian women to win Olympic Gold medals at three separate Games, and captained the female Hockeyroos for eight years, a span that saw them lose just one international tournament.

She was given the rare honour of reading the Olympic Athletes Oath on behalf of all other athletes competing at the Sydney games in 2000, where her team won gold and firmly established themselves as the greatest female hockey team in world history.

At the forum, Hawkes will also be presenting to the athletes and students about owning your sporting ambitions and making the most of your opportunities to help achieve your goals.

The forum will be held at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club on Friday, March 23.

Registrations for the event will be taken at 8.30am with a welcome address kicking off half an hour later.

People interested can also register online at dsr.wa.gov.au or for further inquiries call 9550 3100.