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This annual award honours a graduate from Deakin University's Sport Management program who has contributed to the advancement of sport through their excellent managerial and/or administrative skills. The award is supported by the School of Management and Marketing and the Bowater Trust.
Nadine completed Deakin's Master of Business (Sport Management) in 1999.
Nadine is the General Manger of Sport Services at the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). Her nominator praised Nadine's role in organisational and cultural change at the Commission. One of the first tasks Nadine undertook after being appointed to this position in 2006 was to conduct a review of the structure of the Sport Services section. The new relationship management model facilitates services to the 90 national sporting organisations across Australia. Each organisation now has a primary contact within ASC's sport relation unit and can be referred to specialist areas when needed.
Like many sport management professionals, Nadine is herself a keen sportsperson. She identifies achieving 3rd place in the Hockey Victoria State League Don Vincent Women's Player of the Season Award in 1997 as the highlight of her sporting career.
A highlight of Nadine's professional career was being Sport Services Manager for the Melbourne venue of the 2000 Olympic Games football tournament. The opening night of the tournament was an evening full of excitement, pride and emotion for Nadine, as 93,000 fans watched Australia play Italy at the MCG.
Nadine expressed her thanks to colleagues at VicSport, the Football Federation of Victoria, ASC and her teachers at Deakin University. She also thanks her family for their support, in particular, their acceptance that watching hours and hours of sport on TV and collecting copious amounts of sport memorabilia are essential to Nadia's professional development!
Interview by Wallis Murnane