Max and Reet Howell Address
Professor Roger Pielke Jr, University of Colorado USA
New values for sport governance in the 21st century
Roger Pielke will suggest the need to rethink the values that underlie global sport and how it is governed, global governance being one of the big challenges facing world sport. He will argue that some existing values should be cast aside such as Amateurism, Purity, Autonomy and Uncertainty. They should be replaced with Professionalism, Pragmatism, Accountability and Transparency.
Roger Pielke, Jr. has been at the University of Colorado since 2001 where he is the director of the Sports Governance Centre within the Department of Athletics. Since 2011, he began to write and research on the governance of sports organisations, including FIFA and the NCAA. His most recent book is The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports (Roaring Forties Press, 2016). Before his current position, he was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and wrote a number of books on the global challenge of climate change. He received a number of awards for his outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research.
Professor Sean Brawley, Head, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
Ruminating on Australia’s Asian Sporting Context.
In this address Sean Brawley will explore the intersections of two of his research interests; Australia’s Asian context and the history of Australian sport. As in many areas of Australian history, sport’s role in understanding Australia’s Asian context has been undervalued and underestimated. The address will explore these connections with a focus on two case studies relating to sporting contacts with Australia and Indonesia during the period of Dutch colonialism (the Netherlands East Indies). The first will explore Australian involvement in the Indies racing industry in the early 20th century from both economic and cultural perspectives. The second will explore how an Australian football (soccer) tour to Java in the 1930s played a role in the Indonesian nationalist struggle. The address will conclude with a reminder of the pedagogical power of exploring such intersections in Australian history and the value of sport as a lens for such examinations. As an aside Sean will also reflect on the role of sports history at UNSW over the last 40 years.
Sean Brawley is Professor and Head of the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. His research interests include Australia’s Asian context and Australian sports history. He is currently completing an ARC DP funded project on the first legal challenge to the White Australia Policy in 1949 and embarking on a new ARC DP project exploring Australia’s Asian garrisons in the post World War II period. His latest book is The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel Defoe to Dorothy Lamour (Lexington, 2015 with Chris Dixon)
Tom Brock Lecture
Ms Raelene Castle, CEO of the Canterbury Bulldogs
‘Leadership insights from the National Rugby League and Australasian sport’
Raelene Castle will tell her story beginning with how she grew up in a sporting family, her father playing rugby league and her mother netball. She will reflect on how she became a sports administrator, first in New Zealand netball and later in a Sydney NRL rugby league club, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. During her period at the Bulldogs, the club has enjoyed record levels of membership (including an increased female involvement) and sponsorship. She will discuss how this has been achieved and some of the challenges she has faced along the way.
When Raelene Castle became Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL in 2013, she was the first female chief executive in the NRL for 15 years. Her term was extended another two years in 2016. Before that, she had been Executive of Netball New Zealand for six years. She had previously worked in the marketing, sales, sponsorship and communications areas for a number of leading New Zealand companies including Telecom, BNZ, Southern Cross Healthcare and Fuji Xerox. Raelene Castle is a Trustee of The Rising, a not for profit organisation helping to unlock to potential of South Auckland youth. She was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2011 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015. Raelene Castle is also a former Board Member of the International Netball Federation, having served four years.