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Shoalhaven Sports Board
The purpose of the Shoalhaven Sports Board is to liaise on the provision of the strategic development of sports in the Shoalhaven to maximise the benefits to the people of Shoalhaven.

Aims and objectives 

  • Formulate policies on the use of grounds in the City of Shoalhaven and make suitable recommendations to Council
  • To advise Council on the need for additional sporting facilities in the City
  • To establish priorities for the development of facilities in the City including both sport and recreation and to make suitable recommendations to Council
  • To set priorities for government grants for sport and recreation facilities in the City
  • To make recommendations to the Council on the setting of fees and charges for the use of Council sporting and recreational facilities
  • Make recommendations to Council with respect to the setting of budgets for the administration of sports within the City of Shoalhaven
  • To consider applications for licensing/leasing for the care, control and management of facilities by sporting and recreational organisations
  • To facilitate communication between the sporting public and Council in order that the existing and future needs and requirements of those participating, and those existing and future needs and requirements of those administering sports, are accurately identified and brought to the attention of Council, and
  • To promote the role and scope of sport and recreation to the Shoalhaven community.

Shoalhaven Sports Board membership

Community members:

David Chapple

David has been involved in sport for 42 years, 27 of which have been in the Shoalhaven area. David has been a member of the Shoalhaven Heads Berry Soccer Club, ‘Heads Youth Park’ Committee, Olympic Torch Relay Committee, Shoalhaven District Amateur Soccer Association and an active member of the Vic Zealand Management Committee.

Outside of community committee obligations, David has been actively involved in sports as a participant and as a parent of children who have participated in various sports. Such sports include Soccer, Surfing, Skate Boarding, Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Golf, Cricket, Touch Football, Motor Racing and Athletics. David is especially proud of his son, Michael Chapple, who is competing internationally in Body Board Surfing.

David continues his services to Shoalhaven sport as a valued member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

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Syd Weller

From his early primary school days, Syd Weller has enjoyed a long and successful association with Shoalhaven sport which spans five decades!

Syd’s sporting achievements involve representation in state level athletics and squash, prior to fulfilling a supporting role for his son who began playing Rugby League with Nowra Warriors and then went all the way to playing with St. George.

Over the last 20 years Syd has played a key role in the administration of Rugby League. His work with the Nowra Warriors has involved serving as club president for 10 years, club treasurer for 11 years, Group Seven Selector and Southern Division Rugby League Selector.

Away from Rugby League, Syd has coached and managed a local Touch Football team to five premierships.

Syd’s commitment to community development extends outside of sport and has involved serving as Head of the Masonic Fraternal Organisation for NSW & ACT and coordinating over 100 clubs in raising funds for charity.

As a valued member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board, Syd appreciates the important role sport can play in an individual’s physical and mental development. 

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David Goodman

David Goodman must be congratulated for his continual involvement in Shoalhaven sport, which extends over five decades as both a player and official.

David maintains an active interest in all sports. His ‘on the field’ participation has included Cricket, Rugby Union and Rugby League, whilst ‘off the field’ he has been dedicated to the development of soccer.

As a Life Member of the Shoalhaven District Amateur Soccer Association (SDASA), his role in soccer has varied. This has involved coaching and managing junior teams in both local and Sydney competitions. In an official role, David has been actively involved with the SDASA for the last 12 years, completing terms as President and as Secretary. He has also been actively involved in the development of the South Nowra soccer grounds.

David has recently taken up a position on the board of Soccer NSW. This has required him to relinquish his position with the SDASA. Although no longer holding an executive position locally he still maintains an active interest in soccer.

David Goodman continues his services to all sports as a valued member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

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John Dyball

John is currently employed by the Australian Football League as a Development Manager on the South Coast that covers an area between Shoalhaven Heads to the Victorian border. This role has seen him coaching, lecturing and administrating for existing and new clubs, while developing long term strategic plans and programs to achieve positive, long lasting development of AFL on the South Coast.

Directly, John is involved in Talented Player Programs for AFL, and has coached and played AFL at a representative level.

Outside of AFL, John has been involved with the Lighthouse Oval Management Committee and Ulladulla Sports Park Advisory Committee as well as involvement in other sporting groups which include Soccer, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Cricket, and Government "After School Sporting Programs".

John’s experience in dealing with many codes of sport within the Shoalhaven, and the challenges of developing, managing and sharing resources provides him with a broad understanding of the sporting development needs within the Shoalhaven and the broader South Coast.

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Roger Walker

In his second term serving as a Community Member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board, Roger Walker has been actively overseeing Council’s sports policy and planning process.
Roger’s past involvement in community sports stems from being a member of the Thompson Street Community Centre Management Committee. In addition to this, Roger has been a member of the Sussex Inlet Swimming Pool Advisory Committee, Shoalhaven Tourism Board, Sussex Inlet Chamber of Commence and Shoalhaven City Council Councillor (1987-91).
Outside of community committee obligations, Roger has been involved in grass level sports as a parent of children who have participated in various sports. These sports include Rugby Union, Soccer, Swimming, Netball and Touch Football.

Roger continues his services to Shoalhaven sport as a valued member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

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Andrew Johnstone

Andrew Johnstone’s contribution to Shoalhaven sport extends over four decades and includes playing Cricket at a junior level along side one of the City’s elite athletes being Ian Davis. In the sporting arena, Andrew has participated in cricket, squash, touch, football, rowing and cross country running, reaching a state representative level in squash and cricket. With a keen interest in sport, Andrew is currently involved in cross country, road running, road cycling as well as continuing his long association with squash.

When not participating in sport, Andrew has been involved in organising and assisting in running sporting events. This has included working at the Sydney Olympics, Sydney Paralympics, Queenstown World Triathlon Championships and New Zealand "Coast to Coast" World Multi-Sport Championships.

Off the field Andrew’s sporting work involvement has included Treasurer, coach and committee member of Nowra Athletics Club as well as a member of Nowra Athletics Track Management Committee.

Outside the sporting spotlight Andrew remains active in the community and has been involved in the Torch Relay, River Fest, Bushfire Thank You Concert and Cancer Council Relay For Life.

Andrew Johnstone continues his services to the sporting community as a valued member of the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

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Elaine Caswell

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Barry Horton

Barry has been involved in sport in the Shoalhaven since the 1960’s both as a player and as an administrator.

Barry was a member of the working groups that helped develop and create Shoalhaven Rugby Park.

Barry has had experience in managing his own business and is currently employed as a health service administrator. Barry has an interest in all codes of football as well as cricket, golf, tae kwon do, and dragon boat racing. He is still actively involved in administration in rugby union and has children involved in junior sport.

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Phil Barry

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Malcolm Campbell

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NSW Sport & Recreation

Catherine Campbell
Development Officer, Central Region
NSW Sport and Recreation
Phone: (02) 4228 5355 Fax: (02) 4228 5399

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Elected Councillors

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Additional links:

Bernie Regan Memorial Sporting Trust (new window)

Shoalhaven Sports Board Charter (PDF 142 kb)

Shoalhaven Sports Board meetings agendas and minutes