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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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Purpose

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.

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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: https://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/Documents/Sporting_Tiers_Policy.pdf.

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: https://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/Policies/Lists/Policies/Competition%20Pathways%20and%20Progressions.pdf

To view the Interschool Sport Progression Pathways DL Flyer see: https://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/Resources/Lists/Resources/SSV%20Interschool%20Sport%20Progression%20Pathways%20DL%20Flyer.pdf

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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: August 10, 2015