National Integrity Manager Network share experiences
Our National Integrity Manager Network met in Melbourne again this week to share their sport-specific issues, the commonalities across sport and their ideas and solutions.
Presentations included ‘Education Implementation’, ‘Win Well to Inspire Australians – What Role Does Integrity Play?’, ‘Betting Your Bottom Dollar…Against the Odds?’ and how to develop sanction guidelines. It also included a presentation by Assistant Commissioner Hilda Seric (Southern Command Australian Federal Police) on leadership and culture.
Petria Thomas, Sport Integrity Australia’s Acting Head of Sport Partnerships, said the forum gave valuable insight into some of the programs and resources that are available in the network that might be relevant to their organisation.
“Everyone comes to these forums with a different level of experience and different challenges in their sports, so being able to utilise this experience through shared learning and group discussions helps lift everyone’s level of confidence to deal with situations that may arise in their sport in future."
National Integrity Managers also play a key role in delivering education within their sport, “so providing a session on delivering effective education will assist in upskilling the NIMs and helping ensure their education sessions are engaging and key messages are received by participants”.
Jonathan Pitt, an integrity manager at Baseball Australia and Water Polo Australia, found this session particularly helpful.
“It was also useful as always to discuss current approaches to sanctioning in large and small sports and to focus on solutions to current issues,” he said.
Kate Stone, an integrity manager at Surf Life Saving Australia, said the network can help sports avoid duplication in the system, while David Berthon, from Tennis Australia, said there was real benefit in sharing knowledge.
“In what is a small field, the opportunity to connect with industry colleagues to work through shared challenges is invaluable,” he said.
For Ross Ashcroft, a recently appointed integrity manager at Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disability, it was an “outstanding learning” opportunity.
“It provided a good balance between learning and networking, where people were encouraged to share knowledge and experience,” he said. “It helped create a team effort to enable NSOs to protect all participants in sport from inappropriate conduct and create a safe environment for all.”