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John Croll AM

Chair and Independent Director

Sydney-based John Croll has a career spanning more than 40 years and is an award-winning global leader in the communication and media intelligence industries. In 2020, John co-founded Truescope, a media intelligence business aimed at transforming the industry through technology and talent. Today, John is Truescope CEO and leads the business across all key markets of Singapore, USA, and New Zealand. John was previously CEO at Media Monitors Pty Ltd and subsequently Isentia for almost two decades. A dedicated advocate for sport and inclusion, John was Chair of Disability Sports Australia and served as Vice President of the Australian Paralympic Committee. In 2019, his contributions were recognised with the Member of the Order of Australia (AM). John actively engages with industry boards and holds fellowships with International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) and Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), and is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

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Robyn J Smith OAM

Board Director

For 30 years, Robyn Smith has served as CEO of Sport Inclusion Australia, previously known as AUSRAPID, collaborating with government agencies, Paralympics Australia, and national sports bodies to foster inclusive services for impaired athletes. With rich experience in managing Australian teams, she spearheaded the 2019 Virtus Global Games in Brisbane, hosting 1000 athletes from 47 countries across 11 sports. As Virtus' Vice President, she contributed significantly to the International Paralympic Committee. Robyn further assumed roles as the inaugural Chair of ASAPD in 2020 and joined the International Paralympic Governing Board in 2021. Recognising her contributions, she was honoured with the Order of Australia medal in 2022 for her dedication to disabled individuals in sports. Robyn, a widow and mother of three, divides her time between Brisbane and Benalla.

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Phil Harper

Board Director

Phil has been the General Manager at Deaf Sport Australia since 2019 and has a long history advocating for deaf rights, especially in sports, accessible technology, and leadership training. With a Ph.D. from Deakin University, he focused on the impact of video relay interpreting on workplace dynamics for the deaf. Additionally, Phil authored multiple journal articles, led various programs, and participated in global conferences for accessible technology on behalf of Deaf Sport Australia, Deaf Australia, and the World Federation of Deaf. Throughout his career, he held key positions at Conexu Foundation and Expression Australia (previously Vicdeaf), contributing significantly to the deaf community's well-being. A Life member of Deaf Australia, Phil's interests extend to sports, travel, reading, and community engagement. He currently resides in Melbourne with his family.

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Pierre Comis

Board Director

Pierre is the CEO at Special Olympics Australia, a Director of the Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disability, Chair of the Bluearth Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Physical Literacy Special Interest Group at the Asia Pacific Society for Physical Activity. He has 20 years experience growing participation for all Australians, having worked at the AFL, NRL and the Australian Sports Commission. There, he was instrumental in the design of Sporting Schools, led the National Participation team, and drove the Physical Literacy agenda influencing sport and physical activity policy across the sport, health and education sectors. As a father of three young children, Pierre is dedicated to achieving generational change – he remains passionate about getting a country moving by improving levels of physical literacy in our children and youth, driving inclusive sport outcomes, and putting all Australians on the path to a more active, healthy and fulfilling life.

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Holly Tyrrell

Board Director

Holly has been a key contributor since the inception of ASAPD and is deeply committed to advancing inclusivity in Australian sports. Representing Transplant Australia, she has served on its board since 2017. With a double corneal transplant herself, Holly champions the positive impact of sports for individuals with disability, impairments, or limitations. An Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, MBA holder, and possessing 15+ years in national sports management, she now serves as the General Manager of Strategy and Social Impact at Water Polo Australia. Holly's extensive career includes excelling in roles such as sport development, membership management, event coordination, and partnership relations. Beyond her professional life, she's a dedicated mother to two daughters. As a founding board member, Holly's passion and expertise significantly contributes to ASAPD's growth, development, and vital role in promoting inclusivity and empowerment in Australian sports.

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Matt Levy OAM PLY

Board Director

With over 25 years of experience in high-performance sports as an athlete, director, and mentor, Matt is a passionate advocate for inclusion and wellbeing. He holds significant roles as a Board Director here at the Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability and Blind Sports Australia. Matt's remarkable athletic career includes five consecutive Paralympic Games, where he clinched 3 gold, 1 silver, and 5 bronze medals. He's also a five-time participant in the World Swimming Championships, boasting an impressive tally of 20 international medals and four World Records. Outside of competition, Matt generously offers mentoring sessions and has authored three books. He collaborates with organisations like Swimming Australia, Griffith University, and Ozzie Keen Kids, championing scholarship opportunities for emerging talents. Matt’s experience, both in the pool and as a mentor, makes him a valuable asset to the sporting community, and his dedication continues to inspire and support aspiring athletes.

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Ayden Shaw

Board Director

Ayden, currently the General Manager of Disability Sports Australia, is a community sport leader dedicated to designing and implementing successful programs for underrepresented groups. Holding a dual degree in Bachelor of Exercise Sport Science and Human Movement/Bachelor of Psychological Studies from Victoria University, he has demonstrated his expertise at various sport and non-profit organisations. With a strategic mindset, Ayden played a pivotal role in the executive team at Disability Sport and Recreation, fostering his reputation as a prominent advocate within the Victorian disability sports sector. He effectively managed partnerships and secured substantial funding from local, state government, corporate, and federal sources. Ayden's proficiency in project management is exemplified through his successful execution of major events, health campaigns, and other initiatives. His contributions were acknowledged through several awards, including the 2021 Vicsport GameDay Sports Administrator of the Year and the 2019 joint recipient of the Victoria University Rising Star Alumni Award.

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Tony Murray

Board Director

Tony has built an extensive career in both public and private sectors, specialising in operational and communications solutions for various organisations. He has served as the head of a regional newspaper group and held the position of Treasury's principal media advisor, overseeing the launch of three Federal Budgets. Additionally, he contributed to the tourism sector as a Board Member and Chair of Tourism Snowy Mountains. To be closer to the snow, Tony moved from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains, where he could pursue his passion for skiing and mountain biking. Alongside his love for outdoor activities, he remains dedicated to supporting individuals with a disability and advocating for mental health. Previously, he held the role of Head of Partnerships and Deputy to the CEO at DWA. Tony is also an experienced PADI Master SCUBA diving instructor and finds solace in skiing across various locations in Japan.

Justin Dent

Board Director

Management

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Dr Phil Hamdorf

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hamdorf is an accomplished senior executive with a career spanning various roles in both the private sector and government organisations. Throughout his professional journey, Dr. Hamdorf has maintained a strong involvement in the sport and physical activity sectors, providing valuable services through his consulting company. His academic background in exercise physiology and his doctoral research, which focused on cardio-respiratory training for older women, resulted in significant contributions to this field. Dr. Hamdorf is a Life Member, Fellow, and former President of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and a Fellow and former President of Sports Medicine Australia (SA Chapter). In addition, Dr. Hamdorf has accumulated extensive experience as a Board Director in several organisations including the World Police and Fire Games Corporation, Australasian Masters Games, Trans-Tasman Netball League Corporation, 2015 Asian Cup, 2022 UCI World Road Cycling Championships and Muirfield Golf Club. He currently serves as the Chair of Outdoors NSW & ACT and Skate Australia.

Garry West-Bail

Garry West-Bail

Integrity and Project Manager

Garry West-Bail, Integrity and Project Manager at ASAPD, possesses a remarkable 30-year career in sports management, with experience in AFL, hockey, and multi-sports at club, state, and national levels. His proficiency in change management has consistently contributed to sustainable success, supported by strong governance principles and a fostering work environment. Additionally, as the Project Manager at Deaf Sports Australia, Garry ardently advocates for inclusive sporting opportunities, striving to create accessible environments for all Australians. His active involvement with the ASC Volunteer Coalition highlights his profound appreciation for the vital role of grassroots volunteers in sports organisations. Garry's educational background in Transport Economics, Accounting, and studies in Masters’ Sports Law demonstrates his extensive knowledge and expertise. Beyond his professional commitments, Garry remains actively engaged in volunteer roles, demonstrating his dedication to the growth and well-being of sports across various levels.

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Ross Ashcroft

National Integrity Manager

Ross Ashcroft, a globally-minded Australian, boasts a unique educational journey across five countries—Australia, Singapore, China, Germany, and Canada—earning nine tertiary qualifications. His expertise spans Law, Chinese language and culture, Islamic studies, OHS, and High-Performance Sport, complemented by vocational qualifications in sports massage, personal training, strength & conditioning, and athlete well-being. With a background in academia and law, Ross advocates for human rights, justice, procedural fairness, and inclusion. Transitioning to sports, he actively participates in local, national, and international events, serving in athlete support roles. Key highlights include roles at the INAS Games 2019, OA Virtus Games 2022, and Virtus Global Games 2023 in Vichy. Ross presently contributes to the International Paralympic Committee's Independent Board of Appeals and the Independent Anti-Doping Tribunal. His curiosity about the world, along with diverse education and experience, drives his dedication to advancing the vision and purpose of the ASAPD and its member organisations.