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Karen Sweaney

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Karen Sweaney

Co-founder and Editor, Australasian Leisure Management

Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor and co-founder of Australasian Leisure Management.

Based in Sydney, Australia, her specific areas of interest include the arts, entertainment, the environment, fitness, tourism and wellness.

She has degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and Geological Oceanography from UNSW.

New video footage reveals worst coral bleaching ever seen for Greater Barrier Reef

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has released new video footage showing that the coral bleaching on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef extends to greater depths than…

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Apr 12, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment /


Creative Australia report outlines role of music festival sector and the challenges it faces

Creative Australia has released a research report entitled ‘Soundcheck: Insights into Australia's music festival sector’ – providing an overview of the role and…

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Apr 10, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Events / Finance /


EPA orders Hobsons Bay City Council to act on asbestos findings in parks and reserves

Hobsons Bay City Council, which stretches from the western side of Melbourne’s Yarra River mouth along the coastal western suburbs, was issued with two remedial notices yesterday by…

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Apr 8, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Parks / Play / Recreation / Safety /


Taking action today for tomorrow the theme for 2024 Sports Environment Alliance Summit

The Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is counting down to its 2024 Summit being held at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 17th April 2024. Focused on the theme of the The Future…

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Apr 2, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Recreation / Sport /


New management plans approved for Kangaroo Island timber plantations following revelation of injured and dead koalas

Following the release of footage showing koalas being killed and injured within timber plantations, the South Australian Government has introduced regulations which prevent timber companies…

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Mar 28, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Government / Legal / Marketing / Tourism /


Benchmarking report spotlights Sydney’s need to improve promotion of its diverse cultural offerings

Urban think tank Committee for Sydney’s ‘Benchmarking Sydney 2024’ report was released today and with regards to the policy area of ‘Culture’, the report…

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Mar 27, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Culture / Hospitality / Tourism /


Data centre heating potential for swimming pools and artificial surfing lagoons

Aiming to provide a solution for swimming pools's rising energy costs, the Exmouth Leisure Centre in the UK county of Devon is trialling an innovation that is…

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Mar 26, 2024 Karen Sweaney Aquatics / Attractions / Environment / Technology /

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Robert McMurtrie

Founder and Director, Sportspeople Recruitment

A former Chief Executive/Event Director for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and CEO, Netball Australia Robert McMurtrie founded industry recruitment service Sportspeople Recruitment in 1996.

Sportspeople Recruitment rapidly grew to become the industry's largest recruitment service.

He is presently Sportspeople Recruitment’s Director, Talent and Search.

Kate Cracknell

Journalist/editor/content creator

As the former editor of Health Club Management magazine, Kate is one of the world's leading journalists covering the global fitness industry.

She is an authoritative and in-demand content creator working with a range of leading fitness brands.

Click here to view her LinkedIn profile.

Jarod Pickering

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Click here to contact him via LinkedIn.

Jordan Fuller

Golf Mentor and writer on the Golf Industry

Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence and other publications reporting on the Golf Industry

Dan Stretch

Dan Stretch is a global rescue operations manager based in Nepal during the Mount Everest climbing season. he has coordinated hundreds of evacuations and crisis response operations.

He is an experienced high-altitude mountaineer with ascents in The Himalayas, Europe, South America and Africa.

He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK with a BSc in paramedic science.

Anti Kajlich

Founder, Anti Wave Global

Former professional water polo player and 2017 FINA Masters 70+ champion goalie, Anti Kajlich founded Anti Wave in 1971.

Anti Wave equipment was first selected for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, as well as the 1st World Aquatics Championships in Cali, Colombia in 1975. Since then the Brisbane-based company has led the world in product innovation and development and Anti Wave products have been featured in multiple Olympic games included Sydney’s 2000 Games where its products contributed in breaking 15 World Records.

Today, Anti and his son Anton continue to design, innovate and produce the world’s best aquatic sports products with licensed production in eight countries around the world and with Anti Wave products exported to over 150 countries.

Anti Wave has filed for patents to protect a range of aquatic facility and water polo inventions with Anti continuing to work hard in reaching new countries and provide the best quality and value aquatic sports equipment around the world. 

Shawn Zeng

Solutions Director, Accedo

Shawn Zeng is Solutions Director for unified cloud platform Accedo.

Accedo helps the world's leading content providers, TV operators, broadcasters and brands deliver multi-screen video services.