2019 National Sport Integrity Forum



Event Details

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Website: Event Website

Sport Australia, Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Victoria University are proud to announce the 2019 National Sport Integrity Forum.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Victoria University and Sport Australia share an important goal to promote a fair, safe and strong sport sector free from harassment, discrimination and corruption.

Together, we are proud to host the fourth edition of the National Sport Integrity Forum, The Rise of Athlete Rights: The Fair Play aGENDER on the opening night of the National Sports Convention.



The Rise of Athlete Rights: The Fair Play aGENDER

The rise of the individual athlete's voice in seeking to establish and advocate their rights is now a key driver of both public opinion and sport policy.   
Athletes like South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya are making headlines in Australia and around the world as sport grapples with balancing athlete rights and what is fair.

Restrictions resulting from IOC Rule 40, and equity of broadcast and sponsorship revenue distribution are now being challenged globally and closer to home, as athlete and player unions grow in voice and force.

Issues of fairness, inclusion and athlete rights are central to this conversation as we seek to ensure the integrity of sport at all levels.


  • Mianne Bagger, Former Touring Professional Golfer and Transitioned Woman
  • Craig Foster, Former Socceroo Captain, Commentator and Human Rights Activist
  • Tamsyn Lewis Manou, Olympian and Commentator
  • Dr Bridie O'Donnell, Director Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Victorian Government
  • Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association
  • James Tomkins OAM, IOC Member and Athletes Commission and Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member

Facilitated by journalist Tracey Holmes and complemented by Front-Row topic specialists, we anticipate a thought provoking, in-depth discussion.


Front Row

  • Kim Brennan AM, Olympic Gold Medallist; Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • Matti Clements, Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Sport – Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement
  • Dr David Hughes, Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport; Medical Director, Australian Olympic Team
  • Steve Johnson, CEO, Wellbeing Science Institute
  • Dr Sarah Oxford, Sociologist, Victoria University; expert on gender and inclusion in sport
  • Professor Julian Savulescu, Co-Director, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities University of Oxford
  • Kate Schildberger, Deputy General Manager - Sport Business - Integrity, Sport Australia
  • David Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer, ASADA
  • Associate Professor Michelle Telfer, Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne



2019 NSIF News

Watch the National Sport Integrity Forum Livestream Tonight

The fair play aGENDER - Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Panel announced for National Sport Integrity Forum


To view previous National Sport Integrity Forms click the below links:

2018 National Sport Integrity Forum - Winning at any cost, the national debate

2016 Sport Integrity Forum

2014 Integrity in Sport - Winning at what price?

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.