Sport and Active Recreation Sector COVID Response Working Group

A COVID Response Working Group has been established to provide strategic and practical advice, informing the Department on response and recovery opportunities to ensure a launching pad is in place so the sector can rebound strongly.


The Working Group is made up of 11 members, plus an Independent chair.

The Department will also support the Working Group through secretariat duties.

Members include:

  1. Ross Coburn, former Chair AFLNT (Chair)
  2. Bruce Stalder, CEO Football NT
  3. Claire Hall, NT Club Services Officer, Australian Sailing
  4. Debbie Holland, President, Riding for the Disabled Top End
  5. Gary Pendlebury, President, Motorsports NT
  6. Jayde Martin, Executive Director, Gymnastics NT
  7. Joel Morrison, CEO, NT Cricket
  8. John Mitchell, CEO, Basketball NT
  9. Sam Gibson, General Manager, Tennis NT
  10. Stuart Totham, CEO, AFLNT
  11. Suzi Hullick, National Manager of Indigenous Business at Westpac Bank
  12. Tamie Needham, CEO, NT Rubgy Union

Member responsibilities

The Working Group members aim to:

  • represent the sporting and active recreation community, to ‘take the pulse’ of the sector and community sentiment in responding to the pandemic and associated effects
  • capture the best thinking and ideas in response to the pandemic
  • provide advice on practical and pragmatic actions that can be taken to further assist organisations to deal with the current pandemic and the effects on their organisation.

Term and frequency

Membership is until 30 November 2020, with the possibility of an extension.

The first meeting will take place as soon as possible and the frequency will be determined by the members and chair at the first meeting.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference outlines the purpose, intent and responsibilities of the Working Group.

View a copy of the terms of reference:

COVID Response Working Group Terms of Reference PDF (163.8 KB)
COVID Response Working Group Terms of Reference DOCX (53.1 KB)

Last updated: 09 December 2020

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