Thank You Barry

After nearly 14 years as Executive Officer with GippSport, Barry Switzer has decided to ‘hang up the boots’, with Barry’s last day being the 29th December 2017. 

Words cannot convey the appreciation the GippSport Board and staff have of Barry’s remarkable commitment, enthusiasm and passion he has brought to the Executive Officer role. The success GippSport experiences today is a reflection of the amazing outcomes Barry has achieved in the leadership role, and the valuable relationships Barry has created for the betterment of community sport in Gippsland. 

There will be opportunities to say thank you and farewell to Barry, including an event to be organised for February 2018. 

The GippSport Board plans to advertise the Executive Officer position from December 2017 with the intention to appoint early in the New Year.  

GippSport would like to thank and congratulate Barry on a wonderful career with GippSport. 

Nicole Faltum Girls Cricket Competition

The Central Gippsland Cricket Association was awarded $5,000 in funding from Cricket Australia to support the development of a junior girl’s cricket competition within the CGCA catchment, this includes parts of the Latrobe Valley, Baw Baw and South Gippsland Local Government Areas.

The competition, Nicole Faltum Cricket Competition, will target girls aged from 13 to 18 years, with a focus on skill development, participation and enjoyment. Rules will be adapted to ensure that all competitors have an opportunity to be involved in batting, bowling and fielding.

Nicole is a local cricketing identity with the Trafalgar Cricket Club and has just secured a contract with Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) side, Melbourne Stars. Central Gippsland Cricket Association are very excited to have Nicole on board as an ambassador and this will demonstrate the cricketing pathways available to girls interested in joining the competition.



Age Group: Girls aged 13 to 18 years
Season Duration: 10 matches spread across Term 4 2017 and Term 1 2018
Match Time: 8:45am until 11:30am on Saturdays
Registration Fee: $25pp (includes playing shirt and cap)

Date Time Venue Register
Skill Day Saturday 4 Nov 2017 8:45 AM Vale St Ground, Moe Sarah m) 0429 190 816
Competition Starts Saturday 11 Nov 2017 8:45 AM Various Grounds in Central Gippsland Registrations accepted at or call Sarah m) 0429 190 816

More Information
Sarah – CGCA Secretary: OR 0429 190 816

Julie Foat elected as the new Chair of GippSport

GippSport recently conducted its Twenty- Sixth Annual General meeting.

According to outgoing Chair Ricky Ross the achievements of GippSport for the 2016-17 financial year were highlighted and the organization achieved some excellent outcomes thanks mainly to the fine work of GippSport staff based in Bairnsdale, Sale, Moe Newborough and Inverloch.

Julie Foat was unanimously elected as the new Chair of GippSport and thanked Ricky Ross for his outstanding leadership over the last decade. Julie becomes the first woman to be elected Chair and is very pleased that GippSport has retained appropriate Board Gender Balance for a number of years. “I am really honoured to be taking the role of Chair of GippSport and look forward to achieving our vision to be the regional leader of sport and active recreation in Gippsland,” said Ms Foat who is currently the Manager of Gippsland Breastscreen. “Julie is very active in community sport in her home town of Maffra and is a genuine role model for women and girls in the community, “said GippSport Executive Officer Barry Switzer.

This was the second year of the VicHealth Health Regional Sport Program aimed at engaging inactive and somewhat active people in sport. GippSport also delivered the Supporting Victorian Regional Sport and Recreation Program funded by the Victorian State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, GippSport facilitated the innovative social marketing program called Deadly Sport Gippsland to support Aboriginal sport and health in the Gippsland Region. GippSport is a community partner with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to deliver the Good Sports Program. Currently there are almost 200 Gippsland sporting clubs involved with this alcohol management program. GippSport also facilitated 17 Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses across Gippsland which enabled 333 community sporting club members to gain their RSA certificate.

The Twenty- Sixth GippSport Board of Management was elected for 2017-18 and all positions were filled. The membership is as follows:

Chair: Julie Foat   Deputy Chair: Ricky Ross Executive Member: Carolyne Boothman

Board Members: John Brookes, Ian Murphy, Jane Oakley, Tegan Rosin, Marcus Stone and Karen Tsebelis.

In 2017-18 GippSport will continue to deliver the following programs:

  • VicHealth Regional Sport
  • Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation
  • Deadly Sport Gippsland
  • Good Sports

A copy of GippSport’s Annual Report 2016-17 is on the website:


Planning for Participation


Planning is the key to the future for all sporting and recreation clubs no matter their level, activity or size

Why Plan?

  • Look at where the club has come from, where it is now, where it wants to go and how it is going to get there.
  • Adjust to changes in the current environment that have an impact on the club.

In our session we will look at:

  • Gender Equality
  • Social Sport
  • Participation opportunities for people with a disability, low‐ income and disadvantaged backgrounds, families and females

Who should attend?

  • Clubs who are working with council in upgrading their facilities
  • Clubs who want to grow their participation and club
Location Date Time Venue Register
Morwell Tuesday 28 November 6.30pm to 8pm Morwell Bowling Club,
52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell
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AFL 9s is starting in Bairnsdale

AFL 9s is starting in Bairnsdale with a five week competition commencing on Monday 13 November at the Bairnsdale City Oval. AFL 9s is the Australian Football Leagues official social version of the game and is suitable for both males and females. It’s a fast, fun, free-flowing game that involves 9 players on each team playing on a smaller field. Best of all, it’s ‘touch football’ with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for everyone.

GippSport program coordinator Jaquie Nethercote says that it is a great opportunity for people who are new to the sport, as well as for those looking for a chance to keep their skills during the ‘off-season’. “The social sport concept is aimed to get people who are inactive or somewhat active involved in physical activity. With modifications to the game of AFL, it gives everybody the chance to participate in a fun and social environment. We encourage sporting clubs to get their teams together, as well as people who may be interested in having a go that may not have the capacity to play during the AFL season” Ms Nethercote said.

AFL Victoria’s Football Development Manager Adrian Bromage is excited about the expansion of AFL options in East Gippsland. “The AFL 9’s concept is used extensively through-out the school network and it is enjoyed by all that participate. The adaptation of the game rules make it very user friendly and interactive for all. The exciting thing about this competition will be the mix of people able to play from Children as young as 12, females, males, beginners and the experienced veteran’s who might like to pull on the boot’s again!”

Cost per team is $360 and there is still time to register to participate. To register visit and search for “Bairnsdale or 3875”. For more information or enquiries please contact either Jaquie Nethercote from GippSport on 0428 543 403 or email or Adrian Bromage from AFL Gippsland on 0408 861 768 or

Photo Credit: East Vic Media

Child Safe Standards Workshop – Bairnsdale

New laws relating to the safety and protection of children, within sporting clubs, came into effect on the 1 January 2017.

The Child Safe Standards are a response to the 2012 Betrayal of Trust Inquiry and they apply to all sporting organisations that operate in Victoria and provide sporting services to anyone under the age of 18 years.

As this is legislation this is not an option for clubs, it is a must, and clubs must act to meet the Child Safe Standards requirements.

GippSport is running a workshops in Bairnsdale which will help clubs understand the seven Child Safe Standards and the actions that a club needs to take to implement them.

Details are as follows:
Date: Monday 23 October
Time: 6PM to 8 PM
Venue: Boolarumah Function Room, Bairnsdale City Oval
Cost: FREE


For more details, and to book a spot, please click here  or call our head office on 51358335.