UTS Sport Panel Breakfast

To be or not to be: role models in Australian sport

Our elite and professional athletes are expected to be role models on and off the field of play. Their sporting careers see them develop skill sets for maximum athletic performance, but what is reasonable for them to showcase in public life?

You are invited to a special breakfast event and discussion panel, To be or not to be: role models in Australian sport, on Tuesday 19 May.

The panel

Our distinguished panel will explore athletes as role models, including: the influence of media; the legal implications; and the responsibility of sporting institutions to support and educate their athletes when being a role model is almost an obligation, not a choice.

The discussion will be moderated by award-winning journalist and current UTS PhD student Tracey Holmes, who became Australia's first female host of a national sports program with ABC Grandstand. The panel includes:

  • Greg Harris: Recently appointed CEO of the NSW Waratah’s, after having served four years as CEO of the Rugby Union Players Association. Greg has had a number of leadership roles across a diverse range of sporting portfolios. Not only an experienced sports administrator, Greg has also coached and played at senior levels across the three football codes of AFL, ARU, and NRL.
  • Alyssa Healy: A current UTS Elite Athlete, Alyssa has been a member of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team since 2010. Alyssa holds the record for the most dismissals in a WNCL season (2009-10). Alyssa also has a strong cricket pedigree: she is the niece of former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
  • Matthew Mitcham: A prominent Australian Olympic athlete, Matt holds the record for the highest scoring dive in Olympic history, when he won Gold for  the 10-metre platform event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Matt is no stranger to public attention and in 2009 and 2010, was selected by readers of samesame.com.au as one of the 25 most influential gay Australians.

Swimmer wearing a UTS swim cap