Our Committee

WA iSports Incorporated Members elect Committee Members to provide advice in areas of strategy,  policy and operations. The WA iSports Committee and office is made up of experienced and committed people from a range of disciplines in and out of the disability and sports sectors. 2021 also the formation of the Athletes Committee, providing invaluable support to the future direction of WA iSports Incorporated.

Franco Harkins

Franco Harkins

Chair

Franco arrived from Scotland in 2011, he has worked in the construction materials testing industry for 29 years and is WA Geotechnical Group General Manager for Western and Bunbury Geotechnical, Fr anco holds a BEng Hons in Civil Engineering with honours and is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers both here in Australia and the UK. He has a background in sport where he played amateur soccer, as well as obtaining his black belt in Shotokan Karate. 

Franco joined WA iSports on their historic trip to Penang in May 2018, this is second year as Chairperson of the club.

 

In addition to the above, Franco is the Youth Director at the Bunbury Rotary club and is President Elect. He is currently responsible for the club's youth programs including Youth Exchange, School Science projects and Handicamp to name a few. Franco has provided opportunities for members and volunteers of WA iSports  to participate Rotary sponsored programs.

Josef Bandera

Josef Bandera

Athlete Representative

Josef was a founding member of WA iSports and has been Athlete Representative on the Committee since the club commenced.

 

Josef spends most of his time working as a volunteer for iSports, when he is not volunteering for the club, he shares his passion for inclusion as a public speaker.  Josef participates in a number of activities with iSports each week, he also assists in delivering a program to students from College Row School and is looking forward to setting up his own small business this year.

 

Josef is a passionate advocate for people with disability, he liaises with State and Federal Ministers communicating issues of importance and was a co-researcher on the City of Bunbury’s MARCIA (Most Accessible Regional City in Australia) project.

 

Josef was recognised for his commitment to sports and community when he was named as a finalist in the Regional Achievement Awards, he was recipient of the WADSA Sports Star of the Year in 2017.  

 

Josef is enjoying being part of the Athlete Leadership Committee and embraces taking their ideas to the broader Committee. In his role on the Management Committee Josef passionately presents the perspective of the athlete.

Dianne Needham

Secretary

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Toni Hotchins

Ordinary Committee Member

As I have just recently been given the privilege and kindly accepted to the iSports committee,
I have been asked to write a small bio about myself. Not something I am comfortable with, so here goes.

I am married to an outstanding man whom I met when I was 17 and have 3 gorgeous grown-up children.

I am a passionate Netballer who has played from the age of 9 until I was 57 at varying levels, including Club, State League and later much more social. I have always enjoyed the competition and the social aspect of playing many team sports, including Basketball, Softball, Soccer and Tennis. Something I very much love about iSports – the camaraderie and celebration of everyone’s achievements and support of others.

I have been a committee member of Eaton Netball Association for over 10 years and am honoured to be awarded “Life Membership”. I have National Development Coaching Accreditation and have coached at number of levels including Club and Development.

I am a Nationally Accredited umpire and coach and mentor the umpires and Eaton Netball Association of which I am very proud to have some 20 umpires achieve their own National Accreditation.

 

When my children were in Primary School, I was a member of the P & C and later an Eaton Community College Board Member for 3 years.

I have worked at Eaton Community College for 12 years. Most of those years I have been in Student Services where I am involved with the Pastoral Care and Health and Well Being of our students. A job I really enjoy and love getting to know our students and their families.

 

I am the current coordinator for Ten Pin Bowling, a position I feel very privileged to have and am thoroughly enjoying everyone involved.

 

Thank you all for making my days on Thursday’s pf getting know all the participants and such a pleasure and a rewarding experience.

Michelle Benjamin

Ordinary Committee Member

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Tom Busher

Ordinary Committee Member

Athlete Committee

Athlete Committee

From left. Ali, Hayden Kristi, Josef, Susan, Raymond, Alex, Tim, Georgina, Sam (absent)

Allison Burnett

Allison Burnett

Vice Chair

Allison has extensive experience in leadership and has been the Chair of a number of not-for-profit organisations in the South West. When she is not volunteering for WA iSports Allison is Quality and Innovation Manager for Access Plus WA Deaf.

 

Allison holds a Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety, Diploma of Quality Auditing, and Diploma of Training Development and Design. Allison started her career as a secondary school teacher, she undertook studies in educational support and has delivered Nationally Recognised qualifications in Disability.

 

In 2020 Allison stepped down from the role of Chair, she now enjoys the slightly less demanding role of Vice Chair. She enjoys being part of a professional and dynamic Committee and working with members of iSports in this challenging yet rewarding role.

Carol Tyrell

Carol Tyrell

Treasurer

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