New Panel Declares Game On for SA Sport


An expert panel of experienced and well-respected South Australians have joined forces to plan the future of the state’s sport.

Chaired by Port Adelaide Football Club board member Amanda Vanstone, the Game On panel have not just been selected for their previous experience with sport or recreation, although many are experts in that field, but also for their understanding of local government, small business and technology.

They will consider some of the key challenges for sport in South Australia, such as funding opportunities and increasing participation, and investigate at how sport can, and is, evolving and what the future holds for sports clubs, including those in our regional communities.

This will include emerging areas such as para sport, how to get the most from the South Australian Sports Institute and virtual reality technology

The formation of the high-level panel comes at a time when the Marshall Government is already undertaking a number of significant projects within sport, recreation and racing including:

- THE State Sport Infrastructure Plan
- $10 million roof for new ATP/WTA tournament at Memorial Drive
- REVIEW of current grants at the office for recreation, sport and racing
- FEASIBILITY assessment of a South Australian Commonwealth Games
- A FUNDING and governance reform package for the racing industry
- UNLOCKING $24 million for grassroots sporting facilities

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said that after 16 years of neglect, South Australian sport was finally being given the management, planning, and facilities it needed to thrive on the national stage.

“Sport plays an extremely important role in bettering the lives of South Australians through increased physical and mental health and it is important we have the right people to guide us in the right direction.”

“The high-level advice of the experts on the panel will be invaluable, the state sports plan will provide the infrastructure roadmap we need to guide us, and initiatives such as the Grassroots Football, Netball Cricket Program will help build those facilities.”

Game On Chair Amanda Vanstone said she was excited about playing an important role in determining the state’s future sporting direction.

“South Australia has a rich sporting tradition and I am looking forward to ensuring that continues,” Ms Vanstone said.

“The panel will establish a collaborative approach to identifying emerging trends, technologies and issues impacting on the future of sport and recreation in South Australia.”

The objectives of Game On are to:

  • Provide vision and direction for South Australia’s Sport and Recreation Industry
  • Identify future opportunities for economic growth within the industry
  • Enhance social capital and capability for world class facilities and events
  • Increase stakeholder understanding and engagement with emerging issues
  • Develop a common platform for strategic and sector planning
  • Better inform government agencies on how sport and recreation can contribute to whole of government objectives


Amanda Vanstone – Chair

Senator from 1984 to 2007

Former Australian Ambassador to Italy

Port Adelaide Football Club Board Member

Paul Di Iulio

Chief Executive Officer, Campbelltown City Council

Board Member at SYC (housing, education and employment)

Expertise: Local Government


Timothy Olds

Professor, Alliance for Research in Exercise Nutrition and Activity

Sansom Institute

School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Expertise: Research and health


Mark Bickley


Expertise: Sports


Leeanne Grantham

Commonwealth Games Australia Board Member

Former CEO at 36ers

Former Head of Women’s Football at FFA

Expertise: Sports (particularly women in sport)


Kylie Taylor

Former Australian lacrosse player and national league basketballer

Chief Executive, Office of Recreation Sport and Racing


Anton Andreacchio

Founder & Managing Director at Convergen and Jumpgate VR

South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Adelaide Film Festival Board

Expertise: Technology


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