Sports Central’s knowledgeable board and highly skilled staff are passionate about what we do and the services we deliver. Our team has a wealth of experience to help support and facilitate your club or group in whatever direction you wish to explore.
Meet the team below:
Marianne Hendron (Chair)
Michael Flynn – Executive Officer
Michael has worked with Sports Central since 2006 taking on the Executive Officer role in 2013. Michael completed a Sport Management and an Exercise Science degree at University of Ballarat and has a wide range of experience both professionally and personally at club, association, regional and state levels of sport. Michael remains actively involved in cricket locally as a player and committee member.
Andrew Milligan – Programs Manager
Andrew has worked with Sports Central as the Programs Manager since 2015. Originally from Adelaide, Andrew completed an Advanced Diploma in Management at Torrens Valley Institute and has developed a broad combination of skills through being employed in the sport and active recreation industry at community, government and club level since 2000. Andrew is actively involved in sport locally, serving as the Junior Coordinator for Ballarat District Golf.
Tom McCarthy – Project Coordinator
Access for All Abilities Program Lead
Into his second stint with the organisation, Tom recommenced at Sports Central in May 2020. Tom had previously been with the organisation for two and a half years before undertaking a role at Cricket Victoria in 2018. Tom has a double degree in Business Management and Sports Management from Federation University. He’s an active member of the sporting community serving as a player and volunteer within local cricket and football.
Natalie Grero – Project Coordinator
Regional Sport Program Lead
Natalie commenced her role at Sports Central as Project Coordinator in August 2019. She has a background working in local government in a range of areas including Youth, Community Development, Community Engagement and Marketing and events for Moorabool Shire Libraries. With an Arts degree in Recreation Leadership, Natalie has a passion for creating a sporting environment where women and girls have the same opportunities for involvement and to succeed. Locally Natalie is involved as a committee member and player at the Bacchus Marsh Netball Association and as a committee member at the Bacchus Marsh Cricket Club, as well as a board member for the Darley Neighbourhood house.
Kim Lewry – Finance Manager
Kim has worked at Sports Central since 2010 in an administrative capacity, taking on the role of Finance Officer in 2013. Kim has a wide variety of bookkeeping experience, specialising in the not for profit sector, which she finds the most rewarding. Kim likes to keep healthy and physically active by cycling, walking, yoga and more recently, rock and roll dancing. Always happy to try new active recreation challenges!
Damon Williamson – Sport Development Consultant
Damon commenced his role at Sports Central in August 2021, with his key objective focused on revitalising community sport in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Damon completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Sport and Exercise) at Federation University before undertaking further studies to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Business and Sports Management. He has experience working across diverse areas of sport, having worked with both Cricket Victoria and AFL Victoria in the community development space, throughout Ballarat and wider Central Highlands region. Damon is an active participant in the local sporting community as a current player and volunteer at the Sebastopol Football Netball Club as well as within local cricket.
Xavier Smith – Sport Development Consultant
Xavier began working with Sports Central in 2021, with the objective of helping community sport rebound from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Xavier completed a Bachelor of Sport Management where he majored in Indigenous Health at Victoria University. Xavier has a background in community and sport development, having worked at both AFL Victoria and the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. Xavier is actively involved in community football, both as a player and team manager.