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Weatherill to address ALFA networking event at the Australian Fitness & Health Expo

Weatherill to address ALFA networking event at the Australian Fitness & Health Expo
March 7, 2012

Facility management expert Simon Weatherill will be the keynote speaker at the Australian Leisure Facilities Association (ALFA) networking lunch being held during the 2012 Australian Fitness & Health Expo.

Best known as Chief Executive of the Victorian State Sport Centres Trust (SSCT), which includes the Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), which he has managed since its opening, Weatherill will be speaking on the topic of 'Aligning Strategy with Culture'.

Finding the right strategy, vision and purpose are essential for long term success of any organisation, but they are also integral in providing organisational members with a sense that work matters far more than instrumental ends. Simon believes in the premise that motivation and sustainable commitment come from an individual's belief that their efforts are contributing to something worthwhile.

As he explains "in the short term, each of us may be motivated by the prospect of a promotion, raise or meeting a deadline but in the longer term commitment requires that people genuinely believe their efforts contribute to some higher good and make a difference. A shared vision and purpose helps infuse the organisation with meaning and purpose beyond institutional ends."

A former Physical Education specialist from Keele University (UK), Simon has managed facilities in both the United Kingdom and Australia. He also lectured for three years at Deakin University (Burwood Campus - Melbourne) in the Sports Management Graduate and Undergraduate courses.

In addition to his extensive management experience, Simon has had the opportunity to develop many major 'greenfield site' sporting facilities in Melbourne. These include the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre project, the MSAC project (valued at $65 million); the Victorian State Netball Hockey Centre project (valued at $27 million); the MSAC redevelopment (valued at $70 million); the establishment of the MSAC Institute of Training; and the recently opened $65 million Lakeside Stadium project.

Simon Weatherill's presentation will be held at lunchtime on Friday 27th April

ALFA, who are supporting the 2012 Australian Fitness & Health Expo, say that the presentation will be the "must see" presentaiton of 2012 for aquatic and recreation facility managers across Austalia.

The event will also have a presentation on the local council tendering process which will be of particular interest to commercial suppliers.

Held from 27th to 29th April at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Australian Fitness & Health Expo is open only to aquatic, fitness and recreation industry delegates on Friday 27th April, with general and industry admission on Saturday 28th April and Sunday 29th April.

The Expo is open from 10am to 6.30pm on Friday and 9.30am to5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

ALFA will be exhibiting with Australasian Leisure Management on stand V44 at the Expo so come and pay us a visit.

Industry delegates can pre-book online to enter for no charge. Simply click on the link below and enter the promotional code: LEISURE

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