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SDVP Update May

SDVP Update May

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Update – May 2006
Congratulations on your efforts to date and your contribution tothe Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Sport DevelopmentVolunteers Program. As volunteers you have embarked on aprofessional and personal adventure sharing and applyingyour sporting expertise in a foreign context. The stories you arerelaying back to Australia about the work done, conversationshad and people met are indications of the impact andexcitement an individual can generate.A few of you were lucky enough to attend the Games inMelbourne as guests and support staff for your respectivecountries. Many of you were also actively involved andparticipated in the Queen’s Baton Relay as it came to your localtown in country and for some of you just accessing coverage of the Games in country almost verged on impossible. Regardlessof these varying levels of involvement, your work placementsare creating greater opportunities for those around you.Recently I attended the AVI Pre Departure Training for one of thevolunteers getting ready to depart. The office was a buzz withnew volunteers about to embark on their adventure and thestaff full of energy and support to ensure this happened withease and enjoyment. At the dinner my conversations with localsfrom Vanuatu and St Vincent & the Grenadines were a simplereminder of the wonderful characters you meet while travelling.Enjoy it while you can, you are the envy of many in Aus!!
Philippa KehoeProgram Coordinator
Coordinator’s perspective...
15 – 26 MARCH 2006
On the track in Namibia –  Steve briefing testers
Delivered by the Australian Sports Commission with the assistance of Australian Volunteers International
Program update
16 volunteers in country5 placements are completed2 volunteers just departedTo give you an idea of where the other volunteers are and what they are doing...
 Volunteer Placement Description Country 
Tom Program Director, Nation’s Fitness Quest AnguillaAndrew Talent ID Sport Development Officer Antigua & BarbudaKay National Sport Talent IDProgram Officer BarbadosGayle Athletics Development Manager Cook IslandsSamantha Administration Officer- Policy Development FijiTrudie Basketball Coach/ Talent Development Officer MaltaMaurice National Federation Consultant Papua New GuineaRoss Sports Administrator SamoaNarelle Elite Program Coordinator SeychellesMichelle Netball Coaching Education andDevelopment Officer St LuciaLisa Development Officer, Team Athletics St Vincent & The GrenadinesPeter Development Officer, Sports Administration The GambiaWendy Team / Event Management Mentor TongaSteve Athletics Development Officer Turks & CaicosMichael Sport Business/ Marketing Development Officer VanuatuGabriel Talent ID Program Officer Zambia
Returned Volunteers
Lisa National Talent ID and Project Coordinator Cyprus John and Stacy Coach - Clay Pigeon Shooting Falkland IslandsStephen National Sport Talent ID Program Officer NamibiaGraham Junior Sport Development Officer NiueMel Sport Development Officer Trinidad & Tobago
“The Sport Development Volunteers Program has offered a great opportunity and brought lasting benefits to sports training and development in countrieswhich are not as fortunate as Australia.” 
Minister for Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden.
Delivered by the Australian Sports Commission with the assistance of Australian Volunteers International
Hello from Geoff 
I recently returned from a trip to Namibia where I was lucky enough to spend time with Steve Jacobs getting an overview of how his assignment was progressing. What was really apparent was the enthusiasm for change that wasevident in everyone involved, but also the apprehension that people felt withrespect to how big the task was. The lesson for me was a reinforcement of themessages regarding planning, controlling scope, managing expectations and ensuring there is local ownership. Through the steering committee overseeingthe assignment in Namibia there were people focused on controlling these factors. The lesson for you in your activities is to remember that you are on anassignment that is very short compared to many other volunteer placements, so it is even more important that you agree on achievable objectives with your hosts, and stick to them.Philippa has made the handover task to her extremely easy and my role withthe program now is pretty hands off, although I have a chance at least daily to get an update on what is happening. The big focus over the next few monthswill be evaluation, so start to think about the impact you are having and thechanges you are seeing. I’m looking forward to more great stories about what is being achieved.Regards, Geoff Former Coordinator 
Upcoming events
16 June SDVP June Newsletter26 June Volunteer placement evaluation reports due30 June SDVP Placements conclude17 July SDVP Final Newsletter July Returned Volunteer Debrief, Melbourne (more information to follow)
Delivered by the Australian Sports Commission with the assistance of Australian Volunteers International

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