SMAANZ Updates - December 2022

This December update provides you with information regarding recent and upcoming SMAANZ events and opportunities:

  • SMAANZ President Update and Board Update
  • Conference Update
  • HDR Students
  • Other Updates

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President's Update


Dear SMAANZ Community,

Welcome to our last update for 2022!

As we move towards the end of the 2022 year, this message provides some updates and thanks as SMAANZ transitions to a new board for 2023-2024.

Firstly, on behalf of the board and wider membership, we provide a huge thankyou to Professor Emma Sherry and her team from the Sport Innovation Research Group and Swinburne University on the delivery of an outstanding SMAANZ conference in Melbourne earlier this month. It was great to re-connect with, and for some meet, colleagues in-person. For those who were able to join us in Melbourne, I’m sure you will agree it was an enjoyable experience, and very smoothly run few days. We trust you found the conference an interesting and stimulating one, and you enjoyed both the academic and networking opportunities it provided. We also acknowledge those members who were unable to join us this year and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

With the Melbourne conference delivered we are excited to look forward to our next annual conference in Canberra in 2023, to be hosted by the University of Canberra. At the AGM, Stirling Sharpe gave an overview of what can be expected, and we look forward to hearing more over 2023 ahead of the call for papers. We were also pleased to announce in late November that the 2024 conference will be held in Geelong, to be hosted by Deakin University.

Per the AGM and closing dinner, it is with excitement that we usher in a new SMAANZ board for the 2023-2024 period. We welcome back Kevin Filo (Griffith University, Vice President), Mel Johnston (AUT, Secretary and NZ representative), Stirling Sharpe (UC, Treasurer) and Sheranne Fairley (UQ, Board Member), and welcome our new members Pamm Philips (Deakin, SMR Editor), Alana Thomson (Federation, Board Member), Heath McDonald (RMIT, Board Member), Jonathon Robertson (Deakin, Board Member) and Ellie Faulkner (Swinburne, Student Representative). We thank our departing board members, Adam Karg, David Bond, Richard Buning, and Chelsey Taylor for their outstanding contributions. As noted at the SMAANZ dinner, the contribution of each departing board member extends well beyond the current board term, and we are thankful for the significant positive impact each of them has made. The Board also wishes to acknowledge the work of Sarah Wymer, our Admin Assistant for the wonderful contribution over the course of 2022.

The new board will convene in February or March 2023 and begin planning work. We will maintain a focus on the journal, conferences, HDR activities, awards, as well as continue to explore other areas to add value to the membership. The opportunity for members to provide some feedback on the direction of SMAANZ will be provided early in the new year. We also have two important milestones for the community looming: 25 years of SMR and 30 years of SMAANZ respectively. We look forward recognising these significant moments during 2023 and 2024.

I wish all our members and the wider SMAANZ community a wonderful holiday season and hope you all have a well-deserved break. We look forward to engaging with you again in 2023.

Best wishes,

Dr Ashleigh-Jane Thompson
SMAANZ President

SMAANZ Board Photo

SMAANZ Board (2021-2022), missing Board Member, Chelsey Taylor

Conference Update

SMAANZ 2022 took place from Nov 30th – Dec 2nd, in Melbourne, Australia. The conference was hosted by the Sport Innovation Research Group at Swinburne University and chaired by Professor Emma Sherry. Over 120 delegates took part in the conference and several industry practitioners were also in attendance across the sessions. There were over 80 presentations, an academic keynote panel, an industry keynote panel, an awards session, and 10 'enlightening talks'. The conference was a huge success and culminated in a great evening at ACMI where the conference gala dinner took place.


Click here to view the SMAANZ 2022 Photo Gallery 

SMAANZ Distinguished Service Award Winner - Lesley Ferkins, presented by David Shilbury

SMAANZ Best Conference Paper Award Winners - Kat Raw & Per Svensson

SMAANZ 3MT Award Winner - Paul Bowell

SMAANZ Industry Engagement Award Winners - Kasey Symons & Sam Duncan

SMAANZ 2023 will take place from Nov 29th – Dec 1st at the University of Canberra.  The conference will be chaired by Stirling Sharpe. Planning is well underway, and we warmly invite all our colleagues in the sport management community to begin making plans to travel to Canberra. A call for abstracts will be put out in April 2023. SMAANZ 2023 will feature an unmissable social and academic program as well as physical activity facilitated by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. The organising team are committed to providing a sustainable and inclusive conference. The team is also exploring childcare options for delegates and if this is of interest to you could you please get in touch with Stirling via

HDR Student Update

SMAANZ held an end of year HDR conference on the 29th November. The event included a variety of development sessions delivered by senior academics in the SMAANZ Community. The day opened with a “Design Thinking” workshop presented by Greg Joachim (UTS), followed by a “Hackathon”. Students worked in small groups to hack a problem presented by Greg using a “Lightening Jam” method. Congratulations to our winning group - Mark Drehlich, Dan Ferguson, Damien Parry, Ellie Faulkner & Lewis Whales! The afternoon concluded with an academic panel featuring  Brian McCullough, Yiran Su, Sheranne Fairley, David Bond & Adam Karg on the Future of Sport Management. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our HDR program in 2023 and are always open to student input & feedback.

HDR Students deep into the design thinking process

The winning Hackathon team (From L to R, Dan Ferguson, Damien Parry, Mark Drehlich & Lewis Whales. Missing - Ellie Faulkner

Other Updates


  • The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at NC State is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a concentration in Equitable and Sustainable Sport and Tourism Event Management. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 16, 2023.  More information
  •  Bond University invites you to join the 2023 Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport– Sport Communication – Widening the Lens on Friday 24th February. Now in its 13th year, the colloquium on sport examines topics from a multitude of perspectives and develops insights that transcend disciplinary boundaries and translate into effective and improved outcomes.