Conference Agenda

by Aquatic Recreation Institute on March 07, 2024


Sunday 19th May 2024

Arrival Day 
Professional Development Session (ticket holders only)
Welcome Networking Drinks from 6.00pm
Dinner at leisure 

Monday 20th May 2024

Full Day - Sydney Coliseum Theatre West HQ & Exhibition
9:00am - Conference Welcome 
9:10am - Keynote SpeakerHow I Swam out of Africa - Chakyl Camal - 2 x Olympian & Property Entrepreneur 
10:00am - Keynote Speaker - Creating New Value Through Partnerships - Cain Liddle - Director - Incrementum Advisory Group
10:45am - Morning Tea
11:15am - Panel Discussion - Local Government & University Aquatics & Leisure Facilities, Funding & Future - Facilitated by Simon Duck, Inner West Council 
  • Drew Brown - Parramatta City Council 
  • Katie Pellegrino - Inner West Council 
  • Ed Smith - Sydney University Sport 

12:15pm - Enhancing Aquatic & Recreation Centres: Creating a Toolkit for Satisfaction, Retention, and Social Impact - Dr. Carleigh Yeomans & Professor Adam Karg - Swinburne University 

1:00pm - Lunch 

1:50pm - Keynote Speaker - Succeeding Against the Odds - Alisa Camplin - Olympic Gold Medalist and Business Leader 

2:45pm - CEO Panel Discussion 


  • Richard Errington, CEO West HQ
  • Todd McHardy, CEO BlueFit
  • Nick Cox, CEO Belgravia Leisure 
  • Jay Clarke, MD, City Venue Management 
  • Stan Wall, CEO, Lifeguarding Services Australia 
  • Simon Bryson, GM Operations, Aligned Leisure

3:30pm - Afternoon Tea

4:00pm - Keynote Q + A - Women in Leadership - Fireside chat with Jessica Wilson - Co-founder Women Making Waves

Networking Drinks from 5.00pm
Dinner at leisure 

Tuesday 21st May 2024

Full Day - Sydney Coliseum Theatre West HQ & Exhibition
9:00am - Conference Day 2 Welcome 
9:05am - Keynote Presentation - Leaders Enhance LifeElena Gosse OAM, CEO, AIS Water 
9:50am - Keynote Presentation - Diving into Cyber Risk - Cole Cornford, CEO, Galah Cyber
Breakout Session 1

Stream A 
Emergency Response & Safety 
Theatre Auditorium

Stream B
Diversity, Access & Inclusion 
Rehearsal Room 

Managing Emergencies in Aquatic & Recreation Facilities 

Simon Bryson, Aligned Leisure 

Engaging CALD Communities in Swimming & Water Safety 

Nadia Azizabadi, Founder of From Zero to Hero


Psychosocial Hazards and Our Industry

Liz Van Deventer, Belgravia Leisure 

Trans and Gender Diverse Aquatics Night - A Community Success Story

Inner West Council

1:00pm - Lunch 
Breakout Session 2

Stream C
Workforce & Young Leaders
Theatre Auditorium

Stream D
Facility & Environmental Sustainability
Rehearsal Room 

Workforce Planning

HumanAbility and Skills IQ

Facility Sustainability

Todd McHardy, BlueFit


ARI Young Industry Leaders Panel


  • Brad Vella, Aquatics Manager - SGAC at West HQ
  • Nicholas Hoynes, Aquatic & Leisure Facilities Coordinator - Bega Valley Shire Council 
  • Liz Stranix, Area Manager - Belgravia Leisure 
  • Hannah Owen, Facility Manager - BlueFit  

Using Data to Drive Sustainability - Maitland City Council

Suellen Goyne & Ben Maddox

3:15pm - Afternoon Tea 
3:45pm - Presentations & Conference Wrap up 
Conference Close