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National Sports Convention to highlight sustainability as being critical for Future of Sport

National Sports Convention to highlight sustainability as being critical for Future of Sport
October 20, 2021

The upcoming National Sports Convention will highlight the significance of sustainability with it being much more than ‘flavour of the month’ but “critical for our industry and our broader community.”

The United Nation’s Sustainable Goals (SDG’s), explain the strategic benefits that a holistic approach can achieve.  This year’s NSC has embedded these principles within the conference.

Join the live keynote session (Thursday 2nd December at 9.00am AEDT) to appreciate the Importance of Climate Change to Sport and the Impact of Sport on Climate Change.  Explore how to design sports parks and facilities to have a zero carbon impact by embracing the latest technology.

  • Mark Bowater, Head of Parks Services, Auckland Council – Working to Carbon Neutral Sport Facilities - Sustainability Policy, Planning and Provision in Local Sport Facilities
  • Dr Sheila Nguyen, Chief Executive, Sports Environment Alliance - Imagination, Vision and Understanding of What Can Drive Future Sustainability Design and Management
  • Jarrod Hill, Managing Director, SPORTENG – The Practical Challenge and Solutions for Design and Construction of Sports Fields

On-Demand Workshops

NSC Innovative On-demand workshops include:

Working Towards a Zero Carbon Footprint - Practical Examples of How The Industry is Committed to Making a Difference

  • Adam Shears, Director, Theca Timber/partner of Rubner Holzbau
  • Greg Bell, Business Manager - Sport Sector, Sylvania-Schreder
  • Paul Kamphuis, General Manager, Polytan Asia Pacific
  • Shane Dalton, Executive Chairman, Dalton Consulting Engineers

Sustainability of Natural and Hybrid Sports Fields

  • John Neylan, Senior Turf Grass Agronomist, SPORTENG
  • Erik Kinlon, General Manager, HG Sports Turf

Latest Thinking on Standards for Synthetic Sports Fields

  • Martin Sheppard, Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy
  • Jarrod Hill, Managing Director, SPORTENG

Synthetic Surfaces - The Circular Economy for Future Generations

  • Paul Fraser, Marketing Director EMEA & Regional Business Director, Tarkett Sports (UK)
  • Céline Ducher, Product & Marketing Manager, FieldTurf Australia

Designing for Sustainability for Sports Fields and Facilities

  • Dion Gosling, Director, 106 Architects and Third Place Thinking™
  • Jennifer Stone, Senior Landscape Architect and Manager – Landscape + Environment, Millar Merrigan

Future Thinking On Sports Surfaces

  • Ian Tittershill, Vice President, FieldTurf (UK)
  • Paul Kamphuis, General Manager, Polytan Asia Pacific

Embracing Synthetic Surfaces for Multi-Sport to Target Specific Cohorts 

  • Alastair Cox, Facilities & Quality Programme Manager, International Hockey Federation (UK)
  • Craig Beed, Chief Operating Officer, Hockey NSW

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