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Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

​School Sport Victoria wishes to announce its new President and Vice President for 2019. At the February Board meeting, Tony Goodwin was elected the President of School Sport Victoria and Fiona Taylor as Vice President.

Tony has most recently held the position of Vice President of School Sport Victoria and Fiona has been the Principal Representative from the Western Metropolitan Region. Both Tony and Fiona have been on the Board for a combined total of 12 years, both bringing a wealth of experience.

"We're excited to have Tony and Fiona appointed to these important roles on the Board to continue to provide strategic direction in the delivery of school sport into 2019" said Rayoni Nelson, CEO, School Sport Victoria.

These appointments come as former School Sport Victoria President, Sarah Burns, steps down from the Board after over 9 years.

"Sarah has been actively involved with School Sport Victoria in a variety of roles over many years. She has shown a strong commitment and passion to supporting students' participation in school sport, and has made a fantastic contribution to where School Sport Victoria is today," said Rayoni.     

Sarah was a secondary mathematics and science teacher who maintained her strong belief in regards to the difference  sport can make in student engagement in education as  a division sports coordinator   for many years, before as a Principal  joining the Board as  Southern Metropolitan Region President in 2007.

In 2010, when the Victorian Secondary Schools Sports Association (VSSSA) and the Victorian Primary Schools Sports Association (VPSSA) amalgamated into what is now known as School Sport Victoria, Sarah joined the Board as the SMR Region Representative.

In 2017, she became President of School Sport Victoria, succeeding David Mann. Needless to say, Sarah was a vital member of the Board on various levels, including bringing stability through staffing and operational changes over the past two years.

We thank Sarah for her countless hours of service to the Board and to school sport in general. Sarah's input is invaluable, and we wish her all the best as she continues to move forward in her current role as Acting Executive Director School Improvement South Eastern Victoria Region in the Department of Education and Training (DET).

With these changes to the Board, there are a number of Board vacancies and for which nominations are currently being sought from a Principal Class Representative for the following Regions:

Western Metropolitan Region (One Year)

Gippsland Region (One Year)

Greater Western Region (One Year)

Hume Region (Two years)

For further details on these Board vacancies and how to nominate, please visit: ​