Robin O'Neill, Deputy General Manager - Sports Australia
Congratulations to Robin O’Neill who will commence in the role of Deputy General Manager, Sport Business on Tuesday 17 April. Robin is a Masters qualified, senior management sports professional with over 17 years’ experience building strong businesses coupled with political and financial acumen. Robin has most recently held the position of Head of Government Relations for Tennis Australia and has been a key architect of Tennis Australia’s success over the past five years. He has also held the positions of Australian Tennis Foundation, Executive Director and General Manager, Community Tennis. He began his career in education and sports administration focusing on community projects and sport development. He has a strong track record in Participation strategy development with one of his key projects being the Tennis Australia’s ‘Hot Shots’ program which was a benchmark in the industry. Over the past five years, Robin was integral in the strategic leadership role provided in Tennis Australia’s Government Relations, notably successful budget commitments to the Melbourne Park redevelopment masterplan and major facility/event projects across Federal/State Government and state bodies.
Community Sport Infrastructure
The built environment, including community sport infrastructure, is essential for enabling active, healthy communities and participation in sport. Given that Australians are leading increasingly sedentary lives, it’s critical for our national wellbeing that people can access quality facilities to enable activity. In this context, Sports Australia is working with sport and government partners to transform Australia’s sporting landscape through an innovative approach to community sport infrastructure. This approach encompasses more informed planning, investment and design of community sport infrastructure to maximise benefits for communities, sports and funding agencies. Sports Australia research has identified a distinct lack of information about the economic, health and social impacts of sporting infrastructure – despite this being one of the major financial investments in sport by governments around the world. We are leading a national initiative to develop greater understanding of how sporting facilities impact our growing and changing communities.