AU Sport Governance


Established in 1896, Adelaide University Sport is directly affiliated with the University of Adelaide and has been incorporated in its own right since 1979.


It is administratively autonomous, with its own constitution and has full control of the allocation of expenditure from its budget. AU Sport is governed by the Sports Council, which is comprised of designated representatives from each of the affiliated and financial clubs. The Council meets at least three times a year.



AU Sport Patron


Professor Peter Rathjen


Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide

Board of Management


Responsibility for the conduct of AU Sport's business is vested in the Board of Management (BoM), which meets monthly on at least nine occasions annually. The BoM is elected annually (four members retire each year on rotation) by the Sports Council. The purpose of the BoM is to oversee and manage the distribution of funds, provide direction to the staff and make strategic decisions pertaining to the operations of AU Sport. The General Manager is a non-voting ex officio member of the Board. 


The 2018 - 2019 BoM comprises:

David Penn

David Penn


Cricket | Board Portfolio - University Liaison

David is an Economics, Commerce and  Master of Business Administration graduate with 20 years experience in state government sector finance and administration.  David has over 25 years continuous involvement with the Adelaide University Cricket Club as player, committee member and coach, and is passionate about assisting the Adelaide University community with quality opportunities to participate in sport and recreation.

Crispin Painter

Crispin Paintner


Deputy President
Sailing | Board Portfolio - Legal & Risk

Crispin is a University of Adelaide Law/Commerce graduate with first hand experience in sports club administration. He applies his academic knowledge and experience gained from serving on club Committees to his work on the Board.

Noelle Smit

Hayley Kroon


Netball | Board Portfolio - Marketing

Hayley is a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) graduate with experience in communications and advertising.  She has been a member of the Adelaide University Netball Club since 2013 and is the current club President.  Hayley is a passionate advocate for amateur sport in the community and is particularly interested in fostering Adelaide University sporting club culture and development.

Hugo Burgin

April Zimmermann


Touch | Student Representitive

April is a current law and psychology student at the University and had a keen interest in Touch Football since beginning her degree. She became involved in the Committee as a Child Protection Officer in late 2016 and is currently the Vice President of the Adelaide University Touch Club. As the Student Representative on the Board, April seeks to ensure that the student voice is heard at the highest level of management for Adelaide University Sport to ensure decisions are made with our student member base in mind.


Kosta Jaric

Kosta Jaric


Soccer | Board Portfolio - Finance | Elite Athlete Development

Kosta is a Finance/Maths & Computer Science/Commerce (Hons) graduate and has been involved in University sport since 2002 and the Adelaide University Soccer Club since 2010. He has been a senior women's coach for nine years and is currently Head Women's National Premier League Coach. Kosta has a strong passion for University sport and is looking forward to acting as an advocate for elite women's sport and the University's sporting involvements on a national stage.

Michael Physick

Michael Physick


University Representative

Michael is the University nominee on the Board of Adelaide University Sport.  Having joined the Board in 2004, he is also the independent Chair of the Morgan Users Group.  Michael is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and also represents the University on the Boards of the Adelaide University Union (AUU), the Fitness Hub and St Mark’s College.  In his substantive role, Michael is Manager, Student Affairs at the University of Adelaide.  While he is not part of any Adelaide University Sport clubs, he is a keen Crows supporter.

Chris McMichael

Jackson Dearing

Football | Student Representitive

Jackson is an Engineering student who has been a memeber of the Adelaide University Football Club for the past 5 years. He has also represented Adelaide University Sport at Uni Nationals and in Varsity Cups in which he has vice captained the football team. As a student representitive and committee member at the football club, Jackson brings both a student and club perspective to the board. 

Chris McMichael

Emily Baxendale

Water Ski and Mountain 

Emily's years as a student  at the University of Adelaide largely revolved around sport gifting her rewardas and providing challenges that have given her a wealth of experience in university sporting clubs and how they operate. Emily brings skills that have been developped in roles such as President and Secretary in the Adelaide University Mountain and Water Ski clubs to the board. 

Chris McMichael

Christopher Lehman



Christopher has been involved with the Adelaide University Volleyball Club where his work as treasurer has been extremely beneficial. Christopher has a huge ammount of financial experience accross a variety of industries when it comes to working with not-for-profit entities which he brings to the board. 

Chris McMichael

Hugo Langsford


Boat | Co-opted Member

Hugo has rowed for the Adelaide University Boat Club since 2013 with his highlight in that time being representing Australia at the World University Rowing Championships. Hugo has an in deoth understanding about the challenges faced by elite athletes and the support required for their success. Hugo brings his knowledge as an elite athlete, understanding of club member management and committee level experience to the board. 

Chris McMichael

Chris McMichael


Basketball | Co-opted Member

Chris is a Mechanical Engineering graduate who is currently working on Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer project. Whilst studying, Chris maintained regular involvement in the Adelaide University Basketball Club management, University Games Team and local club competitions. He continues to be involved in Adelaide University Sport through the Basketball and Football clubs. Chris' experience with club competition and management provides useful insight for the Board.


                                                                AU Sport Staff

Mike Daws

Michelle Wilson


General Manager

Overall responsibility for the successful management of AU Sport, including for example, Board and University relations, financial reporting, strategic business plan formulation, facility development and staff coordination

Charlie-Ann Keen

Charlie-Ann Keen


Administration Officer

Manages facilities bookings, club reports/finances, insurance program and general enquiries. Also manages special events, including annual Blues Awards

Sara Lane

Sara Lane


Sports Development Officer (SDO)

Provides assistance to clubs with organisation operations, governance, risk management and marketing. Also oversees AU Sport Risk Management, Club Development and Leadership Program website support, IV Sport Program and community events such as City Bay. Contributes to the development of strategic projects, marketing and communications.

Thomas Sharpe

Thomas Sharpe


Sports Development Officer (SDO)

Manages events, including O Week, Sports on the Green, Australian UniversitySport events, Inter-Faculty Active Recreation (IFAR) Week and the Vice-Chancellor's Cup. Contributes to the development of strategic projects, marketing and communications.

Provides assistance to clubs with grants, sponsorships/scholarships, marketing, club and policy development, succession planning and committee management

James O Keefe

Jahan Emery


Marketing and Communications Officer or

Manages marketing and social media for Adelaide University Sport, promoting the achievments of clubs and athletes, as well as sport and fitness opportunities to students on and off campus. 

James O Keefe

James O'Keefe


Head Coach, Roma's Rugby women's sevens program and club development support to SDOs or

Leadership of Rugby women's sevens program from coaching and operational perspectives

Assistance to SDOs mainly in areas of club development including risk management and club committee liaison