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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.

Bond University helps develop Fempro protective body armour for female athletes

Recognising the rise in participation in women’s contact sports like Rugby Union and AFL, Bond University has partnered with Queensland company - Fempro Armour - to develop cutting edge…

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Dec 8, 2023 Karen Sweaney Design / Safety / Sport / Technology /


World’s largest community fun run marks conclusion of Dubai Fitness Challenge

Dubai recently held the World’s largest community fun run on Sunday 26th November with a key factor driving the event’s mass participation of more than 226,000 participants being…

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Dec 1, 2023 Karen Sweaney Events / Fitness / Wellness /


MyVenue and Humanitix among Australian Export Awards 2023 winners

The Australian Exporter of the Year and Australia's top exporters were awarded at the 61st Australian Export Awards ceremony held at Parliament House, Canberra on 30th November 2023…

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Dec 1, 2023 Karen Sweaney Billing / Events / Ticketing / Venues /


Global Wellness Institute forecasts wellness tourism to reach US$1 trillion in 2024

New research conducted by the Global Wellness Institute forecasts the wellness tourism to reach US$1 trillion in 2024. GWI’s new research on the wellness tourism market…

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Dec 1, 2023 Karen Sweaney Tourism / Wellness /


Saudi Tourism Authority partners with Huawei to boost Chinese tourism

The Saudi Tourism Authority last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei Mobile Services and its advertising branch, Petal Ads to bolster the number of Chinese visits to the…

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Nov 24, 2023 Karen Sweaney Culture / Marketing / Tourism /


SportAccord President describes World Combat Games in Riyadh as the ‘best ever’

The closing of the World Combat Games 2023 in Riyadh saw SportAccord President Ivo Ferriani 2023 describe them as the “best ever” during a festive Closing Ceremony at the King…

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Nov 1, 2023 Karen Sweaney Events / Sport /


Crystal Lagoons signs contract to develop 16 new Public Access Lagoons in Australia

US-based multinational innovation company, Crystal Lagoons has signed an important contract with investment fund Vibranium Capital Partners to develop 16 new Public Access Lagoons™…

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Oct 27, 2023 Karen Sweaney Aquatics / Recreation /

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Zohaab Ishrat

Zohaab Ishrat is a freelance writer who has worked on a number of articles, blogs, resumes, travelling content eBooks, SEO friendly content, technical and business write-ups.

With an MBA from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom, he has been associated with child development and preschool development programs and has experience in designing textbooks, courses, eLearning content and curriculum development as per client's requirements.

Siddharth Raghuwanshi

Based in the Indian city of Indore, Siddharth Raghuwanshi is currently studying electronics and communication engineering.

Wayne Middleton

Principal, Reliance Risk

Wayne Middleton, CVE, is current Chair of the VMA’s Venue Management School.  He has been a risk management instructor for over a decade at the School and is the Principal of Australian-based consultancy, Reliance Risk.

He has over 30 years’ experience in operating and consulting to public venue and events and has delivered projects across Australia, New Zealand, North America, South East Asia and the Middle East. 

He holds a Masters’ in Risk Management, a Bachelor of Administration, a Diploma of Security Risk Management, and is an active member of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific).

He be contacted on email,

Alex Mednis

Chief Executive, SportsGrid; Managing Director, revolutioniseSPORT and General Manager, Business Development of the Australian Sports Professionals Association (ASPA).

A pioneer in the way sports manage their digital strategy, Alex Mednis holds degrees in Law (Juris Doctor, UNSW) and Computer Science (Bachelor of Science, UNSW).

He is Chief Executive of SportsGrid, an emerging industry leader in the Australian sports club management ecosystem through its flagship product revolutioniseSPORT, a SaaS online membership, competition planning, e-commerce and data analysis platform to national, state and local organisations around Australia, as well as digital strategy consultation and planning and is General Manager, Business Development of the Australian Sports Professionals Association (ASPA).

For information on revolutioniseSPORT click here to view their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.



James M. Dorsey

Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, an adjunct senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and co-director of the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute of Fan Culture.

Thibault Paquin

Chief Executive, Celebrating Life

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thibault Paquin is Chief Executive of Celebrating Life - a total destination building company specialising in Asian markets Celebrating Life provides end-to-end solutions and advisory services for clients in travel, hospitality, retail, leisure and entertainment, undertaking research, feasibility studies, concepts development, IP selection and cultural and entertainment content management.

Educated in France and the United States, Paquin has over a decade of development experience in hospitality and leisure, beginning his career with Accor in Paris then Asia Pacific in their Sydney, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City offices before setting up Celebrating Life in Hong Kong in 2010.

A travel industry expert, a frequent speaker and columnist, he has worked on numerous tourism projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Mauritius.

Click here to connect with him via LinkedIn.