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About School Sport Victoria

School Sport Victoria (SSV) is the peak body for School Sport in Victoria. SSV is a sub-committee of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

School Sport Victoria is a merge of the Victorian Primary Schools' Sports Association and the Victorian Secondary Schools' Sports Association that occurred during 2009 and was established January 1, 2010. The two member associations have steered a school sport program for over 2,300 schools, all Victorian primary schools, government and non-government and all Victorian government secondary schools. These two associations existed for over 100 years providing an ongoing interschool sport program for Victorian students.

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School Sport Victoria will actively promote school sport for all Victorian school students as a means of supporting schools programs in developing their students' health and wellbeing. School Sport Victoria will do this by:

  • providing strategic leadership for Victorian School Sport;
  • providing regular sporting competition that embraces an educational approach in developing students’ appreciation and carriage of respected community values;
  • advocating recognition for School Sport leadership at all levels;
  • maximising participation opportunities for all school students in competition that is commensurate with their age and ability;
  • promoting school and community partnerships through sport; and
  • governing SSV to promote the efficient and effective administration of School Sport.

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Mission Statement

To be the State and National leader in providing quality sporting opportunities in the school environment for all school age children in Victoria.

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Operating Procedures

Please click here to view School Sport Victoria's Operating Procedures.

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Our Ambassadors

Professor Dick Telford, AM – Appointed April, 2013

Professor Dick Telford was primarily appointed as an SSV ambassador for his ground breaking Australian research in the LOOK study which highlights the benefits of high quality school sport and physical education for Australian students. This research is invaluable for sports coordinators, teachers, principals and schools.

Professor Richard (Dick) Telford has been an untiring contributor to Australian sports science, education, athletics, and sports coaching. For the last four decades, he has combined his research work in metabolic physiology with hands-on sports science and coaching. Initially involving Australian Rules football and cricket as a player and coach in Victoria, on taking up the inaugural position in sports science at the AIS in 1981 his sports science work switched to our Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, and he has coached Australia’s only Olympic marathon medallist and several Commonwealth games gold medallists.

Currently, as Research Director of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) project with the Clinical Investigations Unit at the Canberra Hospital, University of Canberra and the Australian National University, Dick is concentrating on the effect of lifestyle, particularly physical activity, sport and physical education, on the development and well-being of our children. Dick is the architect of this multidisciplinary collaborative study, the ultimate vision being to determine how early lifestyle affects quality of life in old age. Dick has published widely, including about 100 peer reviewed research articles and several book chapters on preventive medicine and sports science, and was awarded an Order of Australia in 1992 for his contribution to sports and sports science.

Steve Hooker, Olympic Gold Medallist – Appointed April 2014

Aussie pole vault sensation, Steve Hooker, is the first Australian man to ever hold both the Olympic and world titles concurrently.

One of the stars of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Hooker became the first Australian field athlete to win Olympic gold in 60 years, the first Australian male track or field gold medalist since 1968 and the first Australian athletics Olympic champion since Cathy Freeman in 2000.

As a former Team Vic member, Steve is passionate about becoming an SSV ambassador. His messaging around the benefits that school sport brings to an individual as a whole are inspirational. Steve has recorded video footage about these benefits and his experiences in sport  that are available to all schools.

Steve has also agreed to present medals at our state track and field events annually as well as speak at key functions and forums in his role as an SSV ambassador.

Daisy Pearce, Premiership Captain, Victorian Captain, Number 1 Draft Pick – Appointed July 2015

Widely regarded as the number one female footballer in the land, Daisy Pearce is an inspirational footballer. Being a former Team Vic member, Daisy is keen to inspire the next generation of footballers and sportspeople in general through school visits and speaking at SSV events.

Daisy launched her ambassador role with an inspirational talk to 75 year 7 girls at Northcote High School followed by a skills and drills session in their gymnasium.

I always really enjoyed school and from an early age was taught to try my best at everything I did. A healthy competition between my older brother and I helped to drive my desire to work hard at school and even harder at sport in an attempt to be better than he was.  I played football, tennis, netball, basketball, cricket, and always enjoyed school athletics, swimming and cross country carnivals. I also competed in Snowboarding for our school snow sports team.

When I moved to Melbourne and started school at Eltham High I quickly got involved in the strong volleyball program .I played in the Team Vic U/16 Volleyball Team in Canberra in 2003 and also represented Victoria in Volleyball at U/17’s level.

Nearly every recess and lunch time that I can recall throughout all of my school days were spent on the oval or in the stadium playing sport. Not only did I love being physically active it was also a great social outlet and a good way to meet friends, particularly given that I moved schools a couple of times. My closest friends now are friends that I met playing school sport with and against. As much as I loved my sport and am proud of what I have achieved as an athlete I am glad I was able to focus academically and do my best in other aspects of my school life as well. My strongest subjects at school were maths, science and literature. I wasn’t a natural in the arts but I always had a go. In my VCE year I studied Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Math Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Ironically I didn’t even do PE! I genuinely believe that being good at sport and trying your best to learn and apply yourself academically are not exclusive of one another. There are qualities I have that contribute to my performance and ability as an athlete that I have learnt from applying myself academically and vice-versa.

In 2005, whilst playing school football for Eltham High, I learned from the umpire of one of our matches that there was a women’s Australian rules football league. Within weeks I was lining up for the Darebin Falcons in my first senior football game at the age of 16.

Ashleigh Brennan, Dual Olympian, Dual Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, 3 Times World Championship Team Member, National Champion and Victorian Female Athlete of the Year – Appointed July 2015

My passion for sport and specifically gymnastics came when I joined my local gymnastics club as a 7 year old for fun. As the sport quickly progressed for me I experienced 3 different primary schools to accommodate my gymnastics needs as I moved closer to where I trained. Beginning at St Michael’s Primary School in Berwick, moving to Mentone Park Primary School and then Stonnington Primary School when the gym relocated to Prahran.

I made my first National team as a 13 year old and was a National Team member from 2004 to 20012 whilst completing high school at Melbourne Girls’ College in Richmond. As gymnastics is generally a young sport for girls, I was experiencing the demands of elite sport that most athletes would go through in their mid to late 20s. Melbourne Girls’ College provided me with the assistance to achieve my sporting and academic goals such as going to the Beijing Olympics during year 12.

I was fortunate enough to finish my gymnastics career as a two time Olympian, dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a three-time world championship team member. Since retiring after the London Olympics, I am now completing a Master in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation). I remain involved in the sport speaking publically where opportunities present and by introducing primary school children to gymnastics, showing them the benefits of building strong foundations through these skills.

Watch this short youtube video interview with Ashleigh. 

Richard Colman former SSV TeamVic representative and Paralympian - Appointed November 2015



Richard was born in 1984 with Spina Bifida. He took to sport at a young age and was involved in many sports before the love of athletics took his full attention.
Richard first competed at the SSV Primary Schools State Championships in 1995, while in Year 4, before making his first SSV team in 1996 for the Pacific School Games in Perth.
2015 is his 2nd year on the SSV coaching team.
Richard Colman says, ''I am very passionate about School Sport Victoria because this is where my sporting life began 20 years ago. And without that opportunity, I would never have achieved what I have in that time or been able to be an athlete and had the experiences I have around the world. I am now coaching and helping the next generation of athletes and hopefully future Australian stars. Being part of SSV team is one way I can help as many athletes as possible on and off the track to be successful in life.''
Richard continues to play wheelchair basketball in the local Geelong league, and regularly swims as part of his cross training. Richard started athletics in 1995 quickly developing. And since then has competed in many national and international competitions.
Richard first competed for Australia at the 2002 IPC world athletics championships in Lyon, France where he came away with a Bronze medal in the T53 400m. Two years later, Richard won a Gold in the T53 800m and a Silver medal in the 4x100m at his first Paralympic Games in Athens.
In 2006 Richard won a Bronze medal in the T53 800m at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, The Netherlands. In 2008 Richard won a Silver medal in the T53 200m and a Bronze in the T53 400m at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
In early 2009, Richard spent six months traveling in Europe, competing in a number of countries. During this trip Richard managed to visit 32 countries. Richard has now visited 60 countries with the aim of competing in 100.
In 2010 Richard competed at the commonwealth games in Delhi, India in the T54 1500m, winning a silver medal.
In early 2011 Richard won his first IPC World Athletics Championship Gold medal, winning the T53 800 and a silver medal in the T53 400m. In the same year he also won the T53 400m Gold medal at the IAAF world championships in Deagu, South Korea. 

Richard has put together a short youtube video highlighting his career achievements.
We are pleased to have Richard Colman as a School Sport Victoria Ambassador.

Kelly Hetherington

Australian 800m Athlete - Appointed November 2015



Kelly grew up a sport obsessed child in Brisbane, Queensland. She participated in many sports however quickly found she had a knack for running fast. She was a successful junior in Queensland winning several State and National track and cross country championships.  After following her family to Melbourne Kelly continued to run, proudly representing her school Caulfield Grammar and local club Glenhuntly, where she continued to achieve a high level of success.

Kelly says, ''I am passionate about being a SSV ambassador as I believe sport is such a crucial physical, mental, emotional and social part of children's and adult development. Sport was a huge part of my life growing up and still is a huge part today. The lessons you learn on the sporting field such as teamwork, communication and determination are skills I use daily in my life.''

In the more recent times, Kelly first represented her country on a senior team at the 2011 World University Games. She had a successful campaign making the semi finals. This came after coming 2nd in the 800m at the Australian National Championships. She continued to progress through senior ranks with her breakthrough year occurring in 2013. She was undefeated in the Australian season and went on to win the National Open 800m title and whilst doing so qualified for the 2013 World Championships. She was selected in the 2014 Commonwealth Games team but sadly withdraw due to injury. In the first half of 2015 Kelly was a member of the 4x800m World Relay team which successfully taking the bronze medal.

After not getting the results she was striving for in 2014 and 2015, Kelly’s sights are firmly set on the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond that a home Commonwealth Games in 2018.  Kelly is focused on a strong 2016 Australian season with the aim to qualify for the Olympics before returning to compete overseas as she has in the past. She feels very lucky that she is able to travel the world, meet amazing people, and compete at the highest level of the sport.  Hopefully through Kelly’s running and interaction with the public she can inspire some of Australia’s next generation to compete in the sport that she loves.

Proud Achievements
2013  Australian Open Championship-   800m 1st
2011 Australian Open Championship-   800m 2nd

2015 Victorian State Championships  800m 2nd
2014 Victorian State Championships  800m 3rd
2013 Victorian State Championships  800m 1st

2015  World Relays Championship  4x800m 3rd
2014  Selected for the Comm Games   (withdrew due to injury)
2013  World Championship representative 800m
2011  World University Games   800m Semi Finalist

Watch this short youtube video interview with Kelly.

Matthew Haanappel OAM

2012 Paralympic Swimming Gold Medallist, 3 Time Australian Representative, World Championship Medallist 

Matt Haanappel was born in 1994 with Cerebral Palsy, he was supported from the beginning as he was born into a strong sporting family which includes retired Tour de France winner Cadel Evans AM.

As a young boy, Haanappel competed in a wide range of sport and recreational activities many of which were within the school sport system, competing for his school in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Some of these sports included Aussie Rules Football, Basketball, Tee-Ball, Cricket and Tennis. 

Haanappel first competed in his chosen sport of swimming at the 2005 VPSSA State Swimming Championships at age 11 where he won a gold medal in the 50m Freestyle for Students with a Disability, a medal that he treasures dearly to this day.

Matthew would go on to be selected in his first Team Vic Swimming Team in 2008 to the Pacific School Games in Canberra. He was then selected in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 teams as well as the 2012 team where he was selected as Team Captain. Haanappel mentions that he regards the Team Vic Swim Team as his “family” because of all the wonderful experiences he had with them.

Haanappel was first selected for Australia for the 2012 London Paralympic Games where he won a Gold and Bronze medal for the Freestyle and Medley Relay respectively.

In 2013 he was selected for the IPC Swimming World Championships winning his first international individual medal, a Bronze in the 100m Freestyle S6.

2014 brought the Pan Pacific Championships in Los Angeles returning home with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze Medal. As well as joining Swimming Australia’s Paralympic Squad at the Australian Institute of Sport.

On Australian Day 2014 he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to sport and the community as a Gold Medallist and supporter of many community programs.

Haanappel took the most of the 2015 swimming season off to recover from shoulder surgery in preparation to be selected in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games team.
Outside swimming Matthew enjoys supporting many disability organisations throughout the state of Victoria, studying a Sports Management degree at the University of Canberra and time with family and friends.
On speaking on School Sport Haanappel says “I have always said that School Sport is one of the most amazing things that a school kid can experience in their educational career, the benefits of school sport and physical education go beyond the field of play. The physical, emotional and mental benefits will take them beyond their school careers and into their working and further life. What really excites me about becoming an ambassador with School Sport Victoria is being able to assist in the development of the key skills that school kids can get out of playing or being involved in school sport.”

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The Sports We Play

School Sport Victoria organises interschool competitions in nineteen core sports, being

  • Australian Football
  • Badminton (Secondary only)
  • Baseball (Secondary only)
  • Basketball
  • Bowls (Secondary only)
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Diving (Secondary only)
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tee Ball (Primary only)
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Competitions are generally held for Primary Boys / Mixed, Primary Girls, Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls, Intermediate Boys (Years 9 and 10), Intermediate Girls (Years 9 and 10), Senior Boys (Years 11 and 12) and Senior Girls (Years 11 and 12). There can be slight variations in the age groups in Secondary competition due to the number of students participating.

SSV also recognises a number of other sports with competitions organised by the State Sporting Associations, including

  • Cycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Orienteering
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Touch
  • Triathlon

In January 2014, SSV introduced its Sporting Tiers Policy. From this date, SSV will regularly review each sport’s classification with particular reference to their relevance in the school setting with regards to:

  • the development and changes in participation rates of a number of sports over time;
  • SSV's strengthened relationships with SSO’s; and
  • SSV’s limited capacity to offer school sports programs for all sports where it is expected they receive equivalent support, funding and are organized by SSV staff and teachers in schools.

SSV will reclassify sports within its program into a tiered sports classification system where sports will be defined into three (3) different levels of support within the SSV Program. A full description of the policy may be viewed on the SSV website at:

SSV also participates in School Sport Australia Annual Championships for elite level athletes.  A full list of sports is available by clicking here.

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Competition Boundaries

From 2011 schools will use DEECD regions and networks as the base structure for competition boundaries.  To view the current competition groupings, see:

To view the SSV sports regions, see: SSV Sports Region Map

To view current Region, Division and District Coordinator appointments see: SSV Coordinator List.

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Competition Pathways and Progressions

To view SSV's updated 2012 policy on competition pathways and progressions see:

To view the Interschool Sport Progression Pathways DL Flyer see:

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Membership Types

The ordinary membership of SSV consists of each of the classes listed below.  Only Full and Associate member schools compete in interschool competitions organised by SSV. 

Students attending schools that are affiliated with SSV for the current year are eligible to trial and participate in SSV interstate representative teams.

Full Members

Qualifications: Any Government School

Associate Members

Qualifications: Any Non-Government Primary School or Non-Government Secondary School which:

(A) does not participate in a regular school sport competition for students in year levels 7 to 12 conducted by another secondary school sport organisation; and

(B) is approved for admission to a Division as an Associate Member in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the SSV Board.

Affiliate Members

Qualifications: Any Non-Government Secondary School that participates in a regular school sport competition for students in year levels 7 to 12 conducted by another secondary school sport organisation.

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SSV Board

President: Rob Carroll (Maribyrnong Secondary College)
Vice President: Steve Rothwell (Chatham Primary School)
Chief Executive Officer: Jude Maguire
DEECD Representative: Tim Fitzgerald
Board Members:
Jan Arney (Apollo Parkways Primary School)
Sarah Burns (Mornington Secondary College)
Ernie Fleming (Bendigo South East Secondary College)
Tony Goodwin (Murtoa College)
Jannelle Graham (Berwick Secondary College)
David Mann (Park Ridge Primary School)
Stephen McKerrow (California Gully Primary School)
Alan McLean (Independent)
Heather Sarau (Wangaratta High School)
Stephen Smith (Sunbury Secondary College)
Fiona Taylor (Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College)
Shane Wainwright (Drouin Secondary College)
Sally Anne Wilson (Mackellar Primary School)
Peter Wright (Koonung Secondary College)

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SSV Life Members and Service Award Recipients

Please click here to view a list of SSV Life Members and Service Award Recipients.

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Created on: May 31, 2011

Last modified: November 17, 2015