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Queensland Academy of Sport Board members

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Board is responsible for developing QAS policy and overseeing the overall direction of the Academy.

The Board includes former elite athletes and leaders in the Queensland sporting community.

Paula is a highly credentialed lawyer with a particular interest in high performance sport. Having led the legal teams for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Sydney 2018 Invictus Games, Paula boasts a wealth of knowledge and expertise which has earnt her a number of prestigious accolades, including Chambers Leading Global Sports Lawyer, Most Inspiring Role Model at the International Women’s Day Honours and Australian Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the year.

Ray’s extensive involvement in high performance sport has seen him transition from an elite athlete to a national coach and well-respected administrator and leader.

Highlights include:

  • QAS Board Members since 2008 and Deputy Chair since 2017
  • CEO of Queensland’s peak para-sport organization, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association (1998-2016)
  • Represented Australia in para-powerlifting 1982-1995 including the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympics (Australian Team Captain in Barcelona)
  • Former AIS and QAS Scholarship holder
  • 20-year elite level coaching career including Australian Head coach for para-powerlifting (2003-2013)

Since claiming the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in the women’s water polo, Naomi has gone on to be elected as Board Member for the Queensland Rugby League, Manager of the Griffith University Sports College and Director of Womensport Queensland. Owing to her first-hand experience as an Olympian and strong ties to the high performance sporting community, Naomi is able to provide valuable insight into the operation of elite sport.

Previously the CEO for the Australian Sports Commission, Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Sport and NSWIS Board Director, Matt offers extensive experience as a strategic leader and advisor. His impressive track record of performance improvement and successful business transformations proves invaluable to the success of the QAS.

Anita is the current CEO of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and boasts an impressive history of working with the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions, Allied Health Professions Australia and Gymnastics Australia. Combining her passion for health and sport with her experience in operations management, corporate governance and corporate communications, Anita offers unique insight into high performance sport.

AnneMarie possesses extensive experience in broadcasting, media & communication and event management. As an accomplished writer/author and founder of Womensport Queensland, AnneMarie has led media teams at countless international sporting events, including but not limited to Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Her efforts to promote increased media coverage of women in sport are well-recognised and have earnt her an Order of Australia Medal and Churchill Fellowship.