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Now-Best-Next Summit : Defining yourself and exploring wellbeing from multiple perspectives /
Available to Clearinghouse member groups B and C. Presenter : Kimberlee Green : Kimberlee secured herself a regular starting role in the new trans‑Tasman netball competition with the NSW Swifts in 2008.The team won the inaugural ANZ Championship and Kimberlee gained a reputation as one of the most formidable mid-court players in the competition. She debuted with the Australian Diamond’s Test team in September 2008 against the New Zealand Silver Ferns. Kimberlee had a fantastic season with the Swifts in 2010 as they became the first team to go through the entire ANZ Championship regular season undefeated before two shock losses in the semi‑finals ended their run. Later that year Kimberlee competed in the Commonwealth Games where the Australian team won silver. She was on the team that won gold at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore and gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She also was named the joint winner of the 2014 ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player award. Kimberlee is one of Australia’s most capped players for the Diamonds and was part of the winning team at last years’ World Cup in Sydney. Her World Cup campaign lifted her into the top 10 most capped Australian players of all time (74 Tests), in what she described as the highlight of her career. She announced her retirement form international netball at the end of the 2015 World Cup and has since continued to play with the Swifts. She also runs the Kim Green netball clinics and is an ambassador for One Netball and the Starlight Foundation. Presenter : Matthew Mitcham : An Olympic Gold Medallist, acclaimed cabaret performer, keynote speaker and author Matt is also a self-proclaimed perfectionist. From when he was very young Matt decided he wanted to be ‘...the best in the world at something.’ He began this quest in trampolining where he won the World Junior Championships in 1999 and 2001. An AIS diving coach noticed his talents and by 2004 he was on the podium at the World Junior Diving Championships, bagging three silver medals. Matt competed in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games finishing fourth in the 3m springboard and 3m synchro and fifth in the 1m springboard and 10m platform . Entering the final round of the 10m platform of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 34 points behind Chinese competitor Zhou Luxin, Mitcham delivered the single-highest scoring dive in Olympic history to win gold. Mitcham continued his golden run by winning the same event at the FINA Diving Grand Prix, USA that same year. Four silver medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games followed. After a disappointing London 2012 Olympics, Mitcham was battling personal demons; penning an honest, raw account of his struggles in his autobiography Twists and Turns. A gold medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the creation of a cabaret stage show gave Mitcham renewed focus.He is now wearing three hats: former elite athlete, cabaret performer, and keynote speaker. It’s a formidable workload, but Matthew Mitcham has proven he has the toughness and resolve to rise above even the most insurmountable challenge. Presenter : Ben Creagh : St George Illawarra Dragons co-captain Ben is presently the second most-capped first-grade player in in the Club’s history (270 first-grade games). Ben has been named the Dragons ‘Player of the Year’ for a record four times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2014) and has represented NSW seven times in total between 2009-12 as well as representing Australia twice. The local University of Wollongong (UOW) junior has won several pieces of silverware during his service to the Club including a Premiership (2010) as well as a World Club Challenge (2011). Ben additionally established the Athlete Education Foundation in 2012 and co-founded the Graduates of League program to increase university entry, retention and completion rates among elite athletes and professional sports people. A successful pilot program was run that year in the University of Wollongong, in partnership with the Dragons which has since been replicated across other NRL clubs, in association with universities, nationwide. Ben graduated from UOW with a BA Commerce in 2013. Now | Best | Next was a joint initiative between Australia’s high performance strategic sports agency, the AIS and the National Rugby League (NRL) with support from practitioners in Olympic and Paralympic sports, state institutes, professional sporting codes and international organisations. It signified a systemic and united approach to emphasise the readiness by Australian sport to collectively work together to highlight the importance of athlete wellbeing. The program has been designed to help speakers, presenters and delegates by exchanging diverse experiences and perspectives. We will delve into what we are doing NOW in athlete wellbeing, explore what is BEST practice, and uncover emergent thinking around how to progress to NEXT practice. Day 1 - 2 June 2016 : Defining yourself and exploring wellbeing from multiple perspectives. Presenters: Kimberlee Green, Captain, NSW Swifts netball team, Matthew Mitcham, Olympic champion diver and Ben Creagh, NRL player, St George Illawarra Dragons.