About Us

Founded in 2009, the Gold Coast Academy of Sport is a not-for-profit sporting organisation which exists to help produce future champions within the region.

Programs are developed to provide opportunities for young able bodied and athletes with a disability to develop the fundamental physical literacy including sport specific skills. Programs also support the lifelong engagement with sport to prepare them for regional, state, national and international competition. To retain and further develop talent in sport is an important message.

Positioned in the ‘Talent’ phase of the FTEM framework, the Academy offers a variety of sporting program for athletes aged 12 – 18 years of age. Each program is uniquely designed specifically for the sport and can span a few days to six months.  Programs aim to promote interest, participation, knowledge and opportunity to all involved. Programs also encourage athletes to use the tools and skills learnt to reach their full potential.

The pressures and challenges facing our talented athletes are not limited to just physical performance. Expectation, time management, social media, financial pressures, education, training, and recovery are just some pressures all athletes must cope with.  The Academy focuses on offering the athlete with information to help cope with these and other areas that athletes are faced with in their sporting life. Academy programs focuses on the importance of ensuring athletes have acquired the skills and knowledge to allow them to cope with performance and training pressures to enjoy their sport and perform at their best when they step into the elite arena.

Education and retention of athletes within sport is another of the academy’s major aims. It is a well-known fact that between the ages of 12 and 18 many athletes walk away from their sport. The Academy’s mission is to engage with these athletes and offer them an opportunity to develop further within their sport through skill development and core education sessions. Recognition and acknowledgement of talent and performance is a major factor in growing the athlete’s confidence which in turn helps them to achieve.

AFL

Our guiding principle

Preparing pre-elite Gold Coast athletes for their journey to Olympic or high-performance success through quality inclusive sport and life skill programs.

Our Values

To Achieve

To Excel

To Inspire

To Respect

To Inspire

Meet Our Team

Our Directors

David Eckersley (Chair)

Chair / Director Audit and Finance

Founding partner of Cambio Group – one of the largest fully integrated financial services firms on the Gold Coast.  Has completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting and a qualified CPA since 2002.  Father of four young boys with all spare time spent involved with many kinds of junior sport.

Glynis Nunn OAM

Vice Chair / Executive Director Athletes Services

She not only serves as the Executive Director of the GCAS, she is also the Executive Director of the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association (ATFCA). She also held the position of Board Member for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation in 2018, participating from the initial concept, through the bid process, and onto the successful execution of the Games. Glynis proudly serves as the Patron of Masters Athletics Australia with her contributions to the sport also including an 8-year tenure as a national selector.

Glynis’s athletic career spans over 40 years having been recognized not only for her achievements as an athlete, winning gold medals at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, but also as a coach and administrator

As an honoured Life Membership at both Athletics Australia and SA Athletics, in 2003, she was elected to the IAAF Women’s Committee, and represented the committee for 8 years, marking a significant highlight in her service to athletics administration.

Mick Veivers AM

Director Government and Stakeholder Relations

As the Founding Chairman of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport, Mick has a long and distinguished reputation as both a player and administrator.  He is well known for his international reputation in rugby league where he played for Australia in test matches and numerous international games against New Zealand and Great Britain. Mick represented Queensland ten times and was the first ever rugby league player to represent Queensland and New South Wales in consecutive years.

Mick’s love of sport extended into his working life where he worked. As a sports commentator for fourteen years before entering the field of politics.  As a former Queensland Minister of Sport, he approached his political responsibilities with the same enthusiasm as he did his playing.  He left a lasting legacy, a leading advocate for the development of a robust sports industry.  Mick was always and prepared to put his standards on what was best for the state and his own electorate of Southport.

Mick leads by example and his involvement in ‘retirement’ as Chair of the GCAS is now further an extension of his working life.

Wayne Hickson

Wayne Hickson is an experienced Gold Coast communications, public relations and event management practitioner.

He has worked at the coalface of some of the Gold Coast’s, Queensland’s and Australia’s most significant events over the past three decades.

Wayne’s client experiences in the sport, government, major events, education, telecommunications and property sectors have given him enviable contacts in politics, business and the wider Gold Coast community.

He has also written extensively for international audiences as a writer, editor in chief, sub-editor, and media manager at seven Olympic Games, two Paralympic Games, five Commonwealth Games and a host of World Championship events across the globe.

Wayne has successfully led and managed many large teams, both in Australia and at the major overseas events.

On a community level Wayne also serves on the boards of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

Carol Fox

Carol is an accomplished leader and expert in the fields of elite sport performance, emergency services, leadership and teamwork.
With over thirty years of experience, Carol has worked with numerous organisations and individuals, guiding and inspiring them into effective, powerful, community-shaping action.

Carol is the co-author of the book Confident Communication for Leaders and the creator and founder of the program inspired by the book. Through her work, she helps leaders at all levels eliminate self-doubt and build more confidence, leading to positive interactions at work and successful outcomes.

Carol’s expertise and experience have also earned her recognition as an Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in the realm of business and sport leadership.

As the former President of Women Sport Australia, Carol is a respected leader and advocate for women in sport. She champions equality in sport and re-established the WSA Mentoring Program and Developed the Women in Sport Leadership Masterclasses for coaches and administrators at all levels in sport. Carol is also a popular speaker on the topic of Male Allyship and the important role it plays in sport and business in supporting women leaders.

Bob Hagley

Director Commercial Operations

Bob is the current director of his private consulting firm Hagley and Associates, an organisation specialising in servicing the hotel, tourism and hospitality industry in Queensland. Bob has over twenty years experience in the international area of this industry and more recently twelve years as director of sales and marketing for Conrad Jupiters hotel and casino (1988 – 2000).

Bob has a very keen interest in sport having been a former three-time world sailing champion and is passionate in supporting the youth of the Gold Coast region. Bob brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role of director, commercial operations at the GCAS.

Magnus Olson

Director Education and Sports Sciences

With over 35 years of management experience across the construction and property development industries, Magnus has an exceptionally broad range of expertise as the former Managing Director of Beech Constructions, and he is the founder and director of Construction and Property Solutions.  He is the innovative mind behind M26FIT, an active and lifestyle clothing brand dedicated to promoting a philosophy of mental and physical strength.

His comprehensive construction experience spans site management, contract administration, estimation, project management, and construction management. Additionally, he is certified in training and assessment and holds a real estate agent license. Known for his commitment to fostering an active lifestyle, he is a regular guest speaker and facilitator at Queensland Master Builders Leadership Events, where he shares his passion for empowering individuals.

Current directorships include The Ridge at Maleny, Ollyoby Pty Ltd, Construction & Property Solutions, M26FIT, and Olsson Enterprises, showcasing a diverse portfolio that underscores his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in both the construction industry and beyond.