A Sport for All
Meet the facilitators of the A Sport for All Resource and Training Program
Sam Almaliki is a change leader passionate about inclusion and diversity and has overseen the project management of the A Sport For All Resource and Training Program.
As Senior Manager, Community Engagement at Cricket Australia Sam has lead the development and delivery of the National Community Engagement Framework and the customised strategies within aimed at engaging girls and women, multicultural, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the game of cricket.
Sam currently serves as Secretary of the Australian Cricket Diversity Council and is on the SBS Community Advisory Committee. He has also previously advised the New South Wales Government on its multicultural policy and programs as a commissioner on Multicultural NSW.
Sam has an active interest in community cricket and its well-being having previously been President of the Sydney Junior Winter Cricket Association over a 10 year period.
Carolina Bouten Pinto
Carolina Bouten Pinto is passionate about enabling people to be effective in situations characterised by cultural diversity. She has over 25 years combined experience as a manager and cultural diversity consultant in the private, not for profit, government and health sectors, in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Carolina holds tertiary qualifications in Community Development and Adult Education, and a Masters of Management (Hons) from Griffith University specialising in reflexivity and cultural diversity in organisations. Her ‘Culturewise Practice’® approach to managing diversity and leadership emerged as the result of ongoing collaborations with colleagues and clients. The approach underpins her work and PhD research and it has enabled hundreds of people, from frontline staff to senior managers to understand and effectively deal with diversity in their everyday work practice.
Matti Clements is a sports psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the field. She is currently the director and senior psychologist of Mental Edge Consulting, a consulting firm that aims to enhance performance, resilience, and wellbeing with professional athletes and coaches, corporate teams and management, or any person of any age wanting to reach their true performance potential.
Currently Matti is working with the St Kilda Football Club as the General Manager of People & Culture; developing and delivering culture and wellbeing strategies. She is also the facilitator of Australian Cricket’s Women in Cricket workshops covering topics such as maximising your impact and utilising your strengths.
New South Wales
Herman is a Swedish born Punjabi, raised and educated in Sydney. Herman has played cricket in South West Sydney for over 15 years. Herman previously worked at SBS for over 5 years and was the founder of the Winter Cricket Cup.
Herman graduated with an arts degree at Macquarie University in Media & Cultural studies. Herman is currently the Development Manager of South West Sydney for Cricket NSW and also initiating the Mosaic Cricket program across the state.
Craig McLean attended UWS and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree. He has mainstream Primary classroom teaching experience along with eight years facilitating the various Life Education programs throughout Greater Western Sydney. Craig has been with Cricket NSW in a range of roles for seven years, he is currently the Game Development Leader – Thunder Region.
Craig has a lifelong connection with cricket playing with Wentworthville Leagues CC from U10 – U16, from there he had two seasons with Parramatta Grade CC before returning to Wentworthville CC to finish his playing career with ten seasons in A grade. Craig is a Level 2 qualified Cricket Coach.
He has a young family and enjoys staying fit, attending a local fitness club 3-4 times a week. He is passionate about ensuring cricket is truly a Sport For All
Julie Stafford is Community Engagement Manager at Cricket NSW. Her role and passion is to drive Female and Disability engagement across NSW. She looks after volunteer development as well as student internship programs.
As a former Education Manager at NSW Sport and Deputy Principal at a large school, Julie’s passion is sport and education and she knows the importance of a sporting club to its local community.
Julie moved to Sydney from the UK in 2005 and as a relative ‘newbie’ to Australia, loves visiting new places to admire the beauty of the Australian landscape and enjoys the friendliness of the Australian people.
Julie plays Tennis regularly and loves to play Golf when she can. She lives in Sydney with her partner and her ‘rescue-home’ cat who completely rules the home.
Nicholas Toscan has worked at Cricket NSW as the Development Manager – Sydney North West (Hawkesbury, Blacktown and the Hills) since May 2014. He has been involved with various roles across the cricketing landscape including roles with Cricket Australia (Multicultural Ambassador – Italian Heritage), Sydney Thunder (Match Day, Thunder Nation Cup and Marketing Assistant) as well working through the ranks at Cricket NSW to his current role.
Nicholas is extremely passionate about cricket in the Sydney North West region, residing in the area, playing all junior cricket here as well as being a current Grade cricketer for the Hawkesbury Cricket Club.
When not found around the cricket field, Nicholas can be found looking for adventure via snowboarding or wakeboarding on the Hawkesbury River.
Neil McDonald is a Game Development Manager in the Hunter Region for Cricket NSW. He has worked in a diverse range of roles as a successful Head Coach of the NSW Breakers, a decade of coaching NSW female youth teams at National Championships, NSW Indigenous girls at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships and years of involvement in male and female development programs.
Neil has a passion for all sport and a life-long involvement with Cricket as a player, volunteer administrator and is a High Performance Level 3 Coach. Neil is also passionate about providing girls with opportunity and skill development to enjoy playing the game of cricket.
He has worked with all-ability groups, indigenous communities and supported a number of community festivals featuring Afghan and Sudanese refugees. Neil has a young family and loves being involved with his son in his school, playing football, going to the beach, on the golf course and having fun in entry-level cricket programs.
Cameron Carroll is the Regional Cricket Officer for Central Australia. Cam is passionate about driving sustainable change in cricket, he is an advocate for inclusion and a passionate coach. Cam is dedicated to building an environment Central Australia that facilitates the inclusion of more diverse groups and makes cricket Australia’s favourite sport.
Cam is focused on achieving better outcomes both on and off the field for his local clubs, communities and colleagues. Cameron has held various administrative and coaching roles at his local cricket and football clubs. From afar, he serves as a committee member for the Sacred Heart Old Collegian Cricket Club in his home town of Adelaide.
Cam was educated at Flinders University in South Australia, he holds level 2 coaching accreditation and qualifications in frontline management. He is hoping to continue his education in the field of disability studies in 2016 and looks forward to developing his skills through extensive local community engagement and remote community visits.
Cassie is a Game Development Officer for the Top End of the NT. Cassie has been involved in cricket for over eight years as both a player and professional. Cassie has completed a degree in education which drives her passion to teach others.
Cassie has a secret passion for animals and the great Australian outback. Cassie also has a love for all things sport and enjoy getting involved in whatever it may be! Cassie has a drive to see cricket succeed in all parts of Australia. Cassie is highly passionate about females and special needs individuals and strive to see that grow in the space of cricket.
Cassie is a born and bred New South Welshman but love travelling to new and exciting places. Being in the Top End has opened her up to so many new and exciting opportunities. Cassie is one person of many trying to bring the game of cricket to life in any way I can.
Matt has been working at Queensland Cricket since 2012 and was lucky enough to be there for the Brisbane Heat’s BBL02 winning season. He has a Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Business (Sports Management), with five years of teaching experience.
Matt is passionate about all things sport, especially when it comes to getting kids active and healthy. He believes that sport is an amazing tool to unite people in a community, and that sporting clubs play an important part of this process.
Matt still hangs his hat on his best bowling figures of 3/11 off 2 overs for the Southport Labrador Tigers 4th grade side. Having ticked off many sporting based bucket list items (Wimbledon, NFL, Major League Baseball & the Melbourne Cup), his number 1 “to do” is Day 1 of an Ashes Boxing Day Test. Donations to his cause are welcome.
Andrew Caldwell has beeen involved in cricket as a player and administrator for 30 years, achieving some excellent results for his club and the wider cricket community.
Having held all executive roles at his community club, as a life member of his club and asssociation, he became an inaugural Director of the South Australian Metropolitan Cricket Association in 2009, and is currently the Club Development Leader at the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), working with the state's community cricket associations and clubs on SACA's Cricket Partnership Affiliation Program. With tertiary qualifications in business and management, being a finalist in the Administrator of the Year at the 2013 Sport SA Awards was a highlight of Andrew's recent work in volunteer and club development, as well as achieving significant outcomes for clubs across SA with his work in facility development and the SACA Club Facility Grant.
Passionate about all forms of cricket, Andrew is an accredited Cricket Australia Level 2 Coach and currently coaches juniors at both his community and premier clubs, as well as mentoring players, coaches and volunteers. The importance of recognising and acknowledging volunteers is an important motivator.
A family man with two children, they enjoy SACA Membership, travel and tennis as well their involvement in their cricket clubs, and staying in touch with family and friends.
Scott Houston is the Regional Cricket Manager – East and South at SACA. He has previously held the positions of Regional Team Leader and Cricket Development Officer. Scott is a Level 2 accredited cricket coach. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administrations and a Bachelor Degree in International Business.
Scott is passionate about sports development and in particular opening the game of cricket up as wide and far as possible. Through his role he lives the values of ensuring cricket is Australia’s favourite sport and is a sport for all Australian’s.
Scott has played cricket for more than 15 years for the Port Noarlunga Cricket Club from Under 14’s through to A Grade and he also played for Southern Districts Cricket Club as a junior. Scott is a former Australian national team table tennis player and spent multiple years playing as a professional. He is the current Australian Olympic Team Leader and Assistant Coach for the Australian Table Tennis Team. Outside of work and sport, Scott is married and has a baby son.
Steve Kavanagh is a Country Cricket Officer for the SACA in the South East team. Steve has experience in all facets of game development, having worked in schools as a teacher and volunteering at a club and association level. He has a sound knowledge of the current cricket structures and pathways in South Australia, particularly in regional areas having grown up in the Hills region of South Australia.
Steve brings a wealth of knowledge as to how to grow participation and help players along the cricket pathway. He established the MILO in2CRICKET Centre at his local club where he is captain and a volunteer. He understands the issues that face country regions in their pursuit to grow cricket and make it South Australia’s favourite sport, a sport for all South Australian’s.
Stuart is the Club & Community Engagement Leader at Cricket Tasmania and has been on the Apple Isle working for almost 5 years in cricket. Alongside his work, he is also the President of the Longley Cricket Club in the Huon Channel Cricket Association.
Before his move to Tasmania, Stuart grew up in Central Victoria and studied Sports Management at Federation University. After graduating, he worked at the Regional Sports Assembly in Ballarat supporting sports clubs in club development and helping to support inclusive sports club environments.
Outside of work, Stuart loves to travel and spending time with his fiancé, family and friends. He also enjoys a range of music and is a fanatical Essendon supporter as well as following the NBA.
Stuart has a passion for supporting community cricket and understands the mutual passion and why they exist. He hopes all interactions with clients, customers and volunteers within cricket clubs are helpful and empowering.
Darren is employed as a Junior Participation Specialist with Cricket Australia and a level 2 accredited coach. He also volunteers at the Gellibrand Cricket club as a coach and committee member.
Previous to this, Darren was a senior sales executive in the Agricultural industry for many years. He joined Cricket Australia three years ago to follow his passion for sport and working with the community. Darren enjoys working with others to build a better community that his wife and two growing boys can enjoy being a part of.
After completing a Bachelor of Sport Science & Sport management at Deakin University, Emma spent three years at the Professional Golfers Association before moving to Cricket Victoria where sh has been the Women’s Club Development Coordinator since 2014.
A product of a number of Welcoming & Inclusive clubs, Emma is a passionate driver at her club in Dandenong and continues to try and justify her bowing description of Right Arm Medium. Outside of cricket season Emma loves to get back to the country air she grew up with and spend time with her family.
Waddington is a Community Cricket Officer at Cricket Victoria tasked with growing MILO in2CRICKET and T20 Blast participation in focus groups. Waddington is fortunate to have played both Test and ODI cricket for Zimbabwe from 2002-2005. Waddington was Captain-Coach for Youlden Parkville C.C and in2CRICKET Coordinator for 5 years.
Waddington is a sport tragic and enjoys his cricket, footy, tennis and rugby.
Waddington was born and raised in Zimbabwe and has been based in Australia for 7 years and been married for the same length of time. Waddington loves travelling and meeting people from different cultures.
Scott is currently employed as a Field Force Manager for Cricket Victoria, where he manages a team of Regional Cricket Manager’s dispersed throughout the east of Victoria. He has also previously worked as the Sport Development Manager for Netball Australia, as well as in Education & Training for ClubsNSW. Scott is currently studying his Masters in Sports Management through La Trobe University and earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Resources at the University of Wollongong.
Scott is extremely passionate about cricket having played since the age of six, and continues to play and coach at a local level. His highest honours were representing NSW CHS in 2001. A self-confessed sports nut, he is a big fan of the Melbourne Stars (BBL), Sydney Roosters (NRL), Richmond Tigers (AFL), NSW Waratahs (Rugby) and Illawarra Hawks (NBL). A born and bred New South Welshman raised on the South Coast, now living in Melbourne and finally getting the hang of “hook turns” after three years!
Sam Devine has been working for the West Australian Cricket Association for the last three years in a variety of different roles that focus on community engagement. Her current role as a Regional Cricket Manager with the WACA sees her increase participation in cricket and work with diverse communities to raise the profile of cricket in their community.
Sam has a passion for sport and currently is involved with playing both Baseball and Cricket, and loves to support her favourite AFL team the West Coast Eagles. She enjoys sharing her passion with the wider community especially children and this is evident with her various coaching positions.
Sam is about to complete a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and is looking forward to using these skills to help clubs and the wider community.
Jack Little is a Sports Management specialist with more than seven years’ experience in the industry, both as an administrator and player. He is currently the Regional Cricket Manager for the Western Australian Cricket Association after spending more than four years in the same role with Queensland Cricket. Jack spent two seasons playing and coaching cricket in the UK, as well as playing 50 1st grade games in Brisbane Grade Cricket.
Jack is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at Griffith University, and is very enthusiastic about getting clubs and associations to prioritize a diversity mindset through the ‘A Sport For All’ resource.
Roy is the Community Engagement Manager at the WACA and has over 12 years’ experience in Community Engagement and Sport Development, working with communities, sports organisations and government agencies across Australia and the South Pacific to develop new opportunities and grow sustainable participation.
Passionate about all forms of sport, Roy has competed at a high level across several sports and is particularly interested in assisting clubs and organisations establish programs and activities that engage new communities and encourage people to embrace and enjoy other cultures and experiences.
Roy holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Community and International Development from Deakin University. Roy has also designed and delivered a wide variety of training modules and workshops covering a broad a range of topics including Disability Inclusive Sport, good practice Community Engagement and sustainable sport management, across Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.