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Achievement Unlocked

23 March, 2013 2 comments

Well, I’m not quite a published author yet… (and frankly that is really unlikely)… but I have done something I set as a goal for myself a year ago. Yay for me!

Here is a link to an iBook I have built (50Mb). It is a review of the Men’s Gold Medal game from the Australian Volleyball League 2012. It has videos and some analysis in there. You will need an iPad with iBooks 2 to read it.


I’m sure that this book will have a few errors in it, some things could have been done better…not to mention those who will just ask why.
But I set myself a goal to try and learn about the Apple environment and do some work in it.

And now I have.

Comments, ideas, sharing, congrats etc. all appreciated.





It is our view. Not mine

15 October, 2012 Leave a comment

One person drops a pen – they bend down and pick it up…

2 people drop a pen at the same time – they can have a conversation about a chance meeting…

100 people drop a pen at the same time – its chaos..

“My birth cry will be the sound of every phone on this planet ringing in unison” – Jobe Smith, Lawnmower Man, 1992.

Make sure you drop your pen on time. Get into Blog Action Day (#BAD) on 15th October

Categories: General, Personal

To Board or Not to Board

25 May, 2012 2 comments

I recently resigned from my position as the Chairman of the NSW Volleyball Referees Association. This was due to the workload and time commitment being too much to deal with.  Such is the challenge of an entirely volunteer run organisation. A paid member of staff to do the ground work would have been an amazing opportunity, but not one we could afford.

I have since had some time to dig into other things in NSW volleyball…and so now I have nominated for the State Volleyball NSW Board because I think I can help to improve the state of volleyball in NSW…Why? (more in my bio)

  • More communication about what SVNSW is doing
  • More participation in volleyball across NSW
  • More accountability for the actions, dollars and performance

At the end of the day though…I want my sport, the sport where I met my partner and have made many many friends, to  still be going strong when my little girl grows up and wants to play. Balloon volleyball isn’t going to cut it forever…



UPDATE: Damon Minotti (candidate from UNSW) asked me to include his bio here as well.

Some Additional Details…

I have played around with some of the financial information in the SVNSW annual report below.  It’s one of the things I do… Take a look and make up your own mind. Don’t just believe me.
My guesswork is probably wrong in places – particularly in terms of player numbers. It doesn’t have to be.  If SVNSW want to share figures then these don’t have to be estimates.  And I would be very happy to update these calculations if these numbers and further breakdowns are known.
– That’s one of the things I want to see brought to the Board.  We should know.
– And it should be very clear how SVNSW spending has been matched to the overall objectives.

Based on the financials within the annual report (and some guesswork), I estimate that SVNSW spent over $250 per player for V-League, but collected over $120 per player for National Juniors.

The information below shows financial support for 3 specific competitions (School competitions, U15s and V-League),  leveraged by the larger involvement from other competitions (State Volleyball League, State Cups, National Juniors).  And outside of the spending here, under $4,000 was spent on junior development – and I haven’t even tried to estimate how many people that might represent (but I guess it would be around 1,000 – making it about $4 spent per player).

Looking through the administration costs shows some big costs as well.  Just for one example, SVNSW spent about as much on its telephones as it did on junior development.

State Volleyball NSW AGM Website & Annual Report Documents from here
AVF Annual Reports from here

Categories: Personal

12 years

My 12 year anniversary at Tourism Australia is today.
I have spent my time here with many, many, fine people.
Some past, some present, and I’m sure some future as well.
Watching this vid this morning says all of that much better than I can (even if he takes a 20 mins to say it).


PS. Simon Sinek rocks as a speaker.  If you liked this one, then try this shorter one

PPS. I am going to the 1st Sydney CreativeMornings session on Friday, which this is a feature of…

New Year = No Resolutions

I won’t be making new years resolutions, like I have before. I don’t think that anyone will notice either way, but I wanted to record it for myself.

And it is also a good chance to see what it ,looks like when I use the iPad via Safari to post to the blog.

Hope everyone had a great festive season


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Moving On

20 December, 2011 Leave a comment

What follows below is a message I sent to the New South Wales Volleyball Referees Association Board, as well as other stakeholders.

Hello NSWVRA Board (& others)

I announced to a very small quorum at our last Board meeting my intention not to re-nominate for the NSWVRA Board at our next AGM, effectively resigning my position as Chairman at that time (March 2012).

While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with each of the Board members as well as the variety of NSWVRA stakeholders, I have decided that I can no longer give the hours necessary to complete my duties, and do it with the appropriate sense of optimism and grace that I aspire to.  In reality, the time I spent actually refereeing in 2011 was the smallest it has been in 10 years, while the time I had put into the administration activities was at its highest ever. And my little girl has asked me to spend more time with her – which means something coming from a 3yr old.

As for the future of NSWVRA, I hope, the new incoming Chair finds the organisation in good shape and builds upon it, just as I did when I took the position at the AGM in 2005.  I was a recently upgraded National A when I joined the Board (having just come back from my first National Juniors), but it was my desire to improve the state of officiating in NSW that was key to my work in this position, rather than my current or future grading. With this in mind, I shall continue to encourage anyone who has the energy and desire to get involved with NSWVRA in any way they can.

I would like to thank each of the current and past Board members for their time in supporting me and the activities of NSWVRA, as well as each of the referees for their time. I would also like to acknowledge those in the volleyball community who have supported the NSWVRA and the principles of officiating in general from before, during and after my time with the NSWVRA Board. Perhaps most importantly, I must thank my family and friends for their support and patience as I made my way along this journey.

Best wishes to you all for a happy and safe festive season.



Chairman, NSW Volleyball Referees Association

Have you hugged your … today?

1 July, 2011 2 comments

Most of us are lucky that we have a variety of personalities who are in our lives. I have simplified them down to;
– rocks – the stable and dependable ones,
– earths – those slightly kooky hippies,
– winds – the ones who breeze through life, and
– fires – the ones who ignite our emotions.

Sometimes though you lose one of these from your life and you suddenly realise what they were giving you that all the others didn’t.

Looking at this picture, it is probably a pretty easy guess that the personality I am talking about here is a wind – or possibly a tornado 🙂

Our little white dog Jessica passed away suddenly only a short time ago. She would have been 5 years old in September.  Both my partner and I miss her terribly. The rest of our family, the little black dog (also a Lab – she will be 6 years old in December) and our 2-year-old, are less overtly aware of our missing ball of energy. But we are pretty sure they know…

While our house is currently a much calmer place, we can’t help missing the sheer exuberance and energy that Jess brought to the house. Having someone who is so excited about anything you do with them is one of those things that just makes you feel special. Jessica was always thrilled to be doing whatever she was doing when you were there. She was so happy when you tried to give her a pat or a cuddle that she would struggle to sit still.  You can’t even find a photo of her where she isn’t smiling happily – even getting her to sit still for a photo would usually require some bribery. And when Jessica was sleeping, she was still on the move.

While all these things make a great statement of Jessica’s love for life, they also show you what it is like having a wind personality in the household. Everything is at ten tenths, never five. Why would you walk when you can run. Once you know what something is, you need to know the next thing, and then the next, and the next. There might be something more interesting over there. Hey, am I missing anything over here?

So… now that she is gone… I can regret not giving her more belly scratches or playing more tug of war… But maybe I should just rejoice in the happy glow that Jessica brought everywhere she went, smile a lot and be thrilled and excited by all the little wonders I encounter. It certainly worked for Jessica.

Will miss you little white dog.


PS. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

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