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ATHLETES UNITE

The Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA) today held its second Athletes’ Board Meeting in Melbourne, bringing together some of the biggest names in Australian sport to discuss key issues affecting athletes.The Athletes’ Board members present included:

  • Mike Hussey (cricket)
  • Nat Medhurst (netball)
  • Christian Welch (rugby league)
  • Joe Ingles (basketball)
  • Laura Hodges (basketball)
  • Dean Mumm (rugby union)
  • Brad Sewell (AFL)
  • Daisy Pearce (AFLW)
  • Clint Bolton (football)

Absentees include:

  • Joel Selwood (surgery)
  • Cam Smith (training)
  • Sharni Layton 
  • Chris Goulding
  • Josh Kennedy
  • Gemma Etheridge
  • Benn Robinson

The athletes were joined by the CEOs of each player association from the AAA to collectively discuss key issues from the athletes’ individual and sport-based perspective to work together to improve the conditions of professional athletes, both in their respective sports and generally across Australian sport.The key issues discussed during today's meeting included:

  • career transition and planning
  • collective bargaining
  • media responsibility
  • mental health and wellbeing 
  • image rights
  • women's sport - specifically pregnancy/parental policies and women's specific health and wellbeing

Today's meeting was the first time players from all codes gathered since the AFLPA and ACA have signed landmark agreements with their respective governing bodies – a key topic of discussion throughout the meeting.The recent agreements have demonstrated the need for players and sports to work together in a genuine partnership and the recent outcomes have athletes more united and aligned to achieve this than ever before.The AAA has also recently partnered with Gemba to conduct a cross-code player research piece which reviewed employment conditions across the eight AAA sports and provided best practice benchmarking and comparisons.Moving forward, this research will be used in direct discussions with each sports' governing body as the key issues raised during today's meeting are well supported by the survey results.