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About us

About Veteran Sport Australia

Sport is a rewarding part of life for many Australians, but for our veteran community it can be so much more.  

As a national program, Veteran Sport Australia works as a peak body to develop a strong and connected system of sporting programs and opportunities for veterans and their families. We aim to unlock many of the 70,000 sport clubs across 97 recognised sports in AustraliaVeteran Sport Australia is also a program that recognises the great work already happening in pockets around the country and seeks to enhance their value and reach.  

 At Veteran Sport Australia we:  

  • Partner with national sporting organisations and peak bodies to open up opportunities, break down barriers and roll out initiatives tailored to veterans and their families 
  • Have a presence in local communities, with Veteran Sport Australia representatives working alongside other organisations on the ground to help veterans of all abilities take advantage of opportunities 
  • Work with the Australian Defence Force to deliver the national ADF Adaptive Sport Program for veterans who are wounded, injured or ill – including supporting the Australian Invictus Games and Warrior Games teams 
  • Advocate for the important role that sport can play in the lives of veterans and their families 

The Veteran Sport Australia Board

Michael Hartung

General Manager

Michael was previously the Chief Delivery Officer for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and a member of the 2018 Invictus Games Bid Steering Committee.

Prior to his time working on the Invictus Games, Michael spent 10 years with the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), carrying out roles including Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Sport.

During his decade with the APC, he held management positions on four Paralympic Teams (including Chef de Mission in 2010 and Deputy Chef de Mission in 2012).

Anne Rutlidge

VSA Support Coordinator

Anne has been involved in sport for most of her life. A lifelong competitor and rugby tragic, she is passionate about the benefit of sport and recreation for physical and mental wellbeing.

Anne has a Master of Athletic Administration from Central Washington University; completed while coaching the university’s nationally ranked women’s varsity Rugby team.

Anne has a range of professional experience managing teams at domestic and international competitions.

Ceridwen Thomas

Program Services Coordinator

Ceridwen possesses broad experience working in the sports industries in United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and has a Masters of Sports Administration and Bachelor of Event Management.

Most recently she performed the roles of Games Delivery Coordinator and Sports Information Manager at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, where she witnessed the positive effect sport and recreational activities can have on veterans and their families.

Rachel Kerrigan

Veteran Engagement Specialist

Rachel spent seven years in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and saw active service as part of Operation Slipper in 2002.

Rachel knows firsthand the power of sport, selected as a competitor on the 2016 Australian Invictus Games Team to Orlando, and currently competes nationally in Powerlifting and Wheelchair Basketball.

Rachel’s professional experience includes electrical engineering, project management and contract administration. She is a qualified Powerlifting coach and CrossFit Instructor, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology.

Sam Mcintosh

Sam McIntosh

Participation and Engagement Lead

Sam has worked for mass membership organisations for over eight years. He has previously directed organising, advocacy and political campaigns around Australia and across Europe.

Sam has a Bachelor of Laws and Communications and is passionate about building communities and all forms of sport and recreation.

The Veteran Sport Australia team

Michael Hartung

General Manager

Michael was previously the Chief Delivery Officer for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and a member of the 2018 Invictus Games Bid Steering Committee.

Prior to his time working on the Invictus Games, Michael spent 10 years with the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), carrying out roles including Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Sport.

During his decade with the APC, he held management positions on four Paralympic Teams (including Chef de Mission in 2010 and Deputy Chef de Mission in 2012).

Anne Rutlidge

VSA Support Coordinator

Anne has been involved in sport for most of her life. A lifelong competitor and rugby tragic, she is passionate about the benefit of sport and recreation for physical and mental wellbeing.

Anne has a Master of Athletic Administration from Central Washington University; completed while coaching the university’s nationally ranked women’s varsity Rugby team.

Anne has a range of professional experience managing teams at domestic and international competitions.

Ceridwen Thomas

Program Services Coordinator

Ceridwen possesses broad experience working in the sports industries in United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and has a Masters of Sports Administration and Bachelor of Event Management.

Most recently she performed the roles of Games Delivery Coordinator and Sports Information Manager at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, where she witnessed the positive effect sport and recreational activities can have on veterans and their families.

Rachel Kerrigan

Veteran Engagement Specialist

Rachel spent seven years in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and saw active service as part of Operation Slipper in 2002.

Rachel knows firsthand the power of sport, selected as a competitor on the 2016 Australian Invictus Games Team to Orlando, and currently competes nationally in Powerlifting and Wheelchair Basketball.

Rachel’s professional experience includes electrical engineering, project management and contract administration. She is a qualified Powerlifting coach and CrossFit Instructor, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology.

Sam Mcintosh

Sam McIntosh

Participation and Engagement Lead

Sam has worked for mass membership organisations for over eight years. He has previously directed organising, advocacy and political campaigns around Australia and across Europe.

Sam has a Bachelor of Laws and Communications and is passionate about building communities and all forms of sport and recreation.