Kathryn joins the DSA Board with a legal background and has a Master of Laws at The University of Queensland. Kathryn is a legal practitioner with Porta Lawyers, she is passionate about highlighting the deaf community's need for better legal representation. She represents deaf people and has helped initiate the use of sign language in court. Kathryn is the first deaf lawyer in Queensland. Kathryn plays an important role at DSA providing her legal expertise and managing the Governance portfolio.
Passionate about the arts, sports and marketing, Ricky has also being a strong advocate for access, working outside of his core job role to promote access to the arts for people of all abilities. Ricky presented at the NARPACA 2013 Ticketing Professionals conference with regards to best practice access as it relates to performing arts venues.
Personally Ricky is hard of hearing, who also has a hard of hearing daughter, he is passionate about health and fitness, competing in fun runs, triathlons and open water swims when his schedule allows. His daughter actively participates in swimming and netball.
You can read his thoughts on all things arts marketing related on his blog Martsketing. He is currently employed as the Marketing Services Manager at the University of Canberra, Australia’s leading sports studies university.
Alex was born deaf to deaf parents, and hasn’t let that stand in the way of anything. He went on to study theatre professionally at New York University and then was recruited by the Australian Theatre of the Deaf in 1997. As an actor, he has appeared on a number of stage productions, films and television and has provided consulting services to the film/TV industry here in Australia and abroad.
In 2003 Alex co-founded with Tony Abrahams an innovative and social-enterprise company, Ai-Media, to deliver captioning services for broadcasters. They have also developed a ground-breaking technology called Ai-Live that brings captioning into new environments that was unheard of a few years ago to classrooms, workplaces, conferences and events.
As a devoted athlete, Alex has a great interest in being fit and staying healthy and is inspired to see young deaf people to play sports. He was on one of the Beach Volleyball teams during the Gold Coast Australian Deaf Games, and has fondest memories of playing this sport. In 2005, Alex directed the Cultural Festival as part of the M2005 Deaflympic Games.
Alex is currently on the board of People with Disability Australia. He has also served as an ambassador for the NSW ‘Don’t DIS my ABILITY’ campaign for the International Day of People with Disability in NSW for 6 years and is one of the NSW Australia Day ambassadors for the last four years.
He is a very proud father to two beautiful boys, one of whom is deaf. It has always been Alex’s passion to see that deaf people are given unlimited opportunities to live their life to their fullest potential without any barriers.
Darren brings to the DSA Board a parents’ perspective of deaf sports. His daughter, Jamie, has been regularly competing in School Sport and Little Athletics events since 2008, and Queensland Athletics and Athletics Australia competitions since 2010.
Darren has Bachelor of Business in Accounting and in his professional life is the Assistant Business Manager with an independent school in Brisbane.
Tracey has been working with both state and federal government agencies for almost 20 years. Her work has been across diverse sectors, including social housing, women’s domestic violence services, small business education and most recently the film and television industry.
Tracey’s strength include advocacy, policy and project management, strategic planning, marketing and communications and improving service delivery through better, more inclusive and consultative engagement with stakeholders. Currently Tracey is the Project Officer, Stakeholder Engagement and Industry Development at Screen NSW. A key aspect of her role to is to work with the screen industry in NSW, to ensure industry stakeholders work together to achieve government objectives including raising the profile of under-represented groups in the screen sector.
Growing up in public housing cemented in Tracey a passion and commitment to social justice. A busy mum of 3 active kids, her eldest daughter being diagnosed hearing impaired at 2 years old, has inspired Tracey to look for opportunities and promote equity for deaf and hard of hearing people in all aspects of their lives.
Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts (Community Welfare) and a Diploma of Business.
Katie has a deep commitment to projects that promote healthier lifestyles, particularly access to sports for children with a disability. She would also like to see more progression on the social development of children with a disability in the indigenous communities. Katie was born with moderate hearing loss and was later diagnosed with Usher Syndrome (Deaf Blind condition) in her mid 20s.
Katie is driven in her work, and in her sporting pursuits to inspire children and teenagers living with hearing and eye sight loss to aspire and achieve their goals.
Katie has worked in the consumer sports industry for 15 years including premier Australian companies as the NRL, Melbourne Storm, ANZ Stadium and Tabcorp. She also worked on contract with the NT Government's Sport and Recreation.
Katie is an Ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children where one of her fundraising initiatives was to do a PB swim of 9.4km as part of their Swimathon. Katie is also Ambassador with Usher Kid Australia and Try kids program with the John Maclean Foundation.
Away from work, Katie initiated the establishment of two professional Fun Runs as part of the RunNSW series. This was a lifelong goal to see her hometowns of Casino and Armidale with their own Fun Runs, and thus facilitating healthier lifestyles. She was also involved in setting up the Darwin parkrun and played a part in the development of parkrun in Armidale.
Katie has served on the Armidale Council Disability Committee and worked as Media Officer for the Australian Blind Cricket Team and the Australian Deaflympic Team.
From February 2015, Katie gained selection on Triathlon Australia's elite Paratriathlon program. After winning the Paratriathlon PT5 (Vision Impaired) World Championships in September 2015 with Michellie Jones as her Guide, Katie and Michellie then went on to win Australia's first Paratriathlon medal at the Rio Paralympics, where they won the Gold medal.
Katie is also working to set up the ‘Sport Access Foundation’, which will primarily serve to remove any barriers for children with a disability to play sport. Katie is planning to launch this Foundation early 2017.
Katie has also recently started a new role with the Australian Paralympic Committee in a senior marketing and athlete liaison role.
Katie is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Leisure Management), Griffith University and Masters of Business, UTS.
Hannah Britton is an avid athlete who competes in swimming events and has been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming 2017 Deaflympic Games. Hannah currently works at Vicdeaf as a Production Assistant in the Media department. Hannah is also a member of the 2018 Australian Deaf Games Organising Committee.
As part of building on her skills in sports, Hannah is also currently studying Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science and Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Deakin University with the aim of working within the Sports Industry at the completion of the course.
Hannah is very keen to see an increase in sports participation by deaf and hard of hearing people across Australia.
Garry has an extensive background in sports and financial management having been in a leadership role in elite and community sports for more than twenty years, including Business Manager of an AFL Club and more recently General Manager of Hockey Queensland.
Garry has experience and success in strategic planning, operational and event management, staff development, financial and risk management and sports leadership development.
He has also been involved in community development projects (ie. local and indigenous communities in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea) demonstrating a passion for the development of individuals and their communities to achieve their goals.
Garry graduated in Degrees in Transport Economics and Accounting, Master Studies in Sports Law and has a basic understanding of the Indonesian and Vietnamese languages.
Garry is married to Annette and has five children.
Sports plays a major part in Irena's life having grown up competing in a variety of disciplines including tennis, soccer, cricket and basketball.
Irena was the Acting Manager at Deaf Sports Australia before taking on the role as Sports Development Officer. She also worked as the National Sports Coordinator during 1997-2001 and again as Project Officer in 2003 for DSA. She also worked as a Sport Liaison Officer for the 2002 World Masters Games in Melbourne. Irena has also been involved with Deaf Basketball Australia, Deaf Sport Recreation Victoria and Deaf Basketball Victoria in many capacities.
As an athlete, Irena has represented Australia in basketball three times - at the 1997 and 2005 Deaflympic Games and at the 2007 World Deaf Basketball Championships.
As the Sports Development Officer, Irena is keen to see an increase in participation from grassroot levels through the Active Deaf Kids project, an effective pathways program and a high level national and international sports and youth talent co-ordination program.
Active Deaf Kids Program
The objective of the Active Deaf Kids program is to increase awareness among deaf and hard of hearing students, teachers, parents, coaches and the general public of the health and social benefits of participating in sports.
The Active Deaf Sports Club (ADSC) program is run by Deaf Sports Australia to provide mainstream sports organisations the opportunity to integrate inclusion practices for their deaf and hard of hearing sports participants.