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INTERVIEW

                                          Interview with





         SIMON ALLATSON, CEO SPORTSCOVER AUSTRALIAMON ALLATSON, CEO SPORTSCOVER AUSTRALIA
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                                                                                                                                      Q: Simon, most businesses       Q: Has Covid provided any        Nevertheless, there have
                                                                                                                                   have found it tough going        particular issues regarding      been no specific C-19-related
                                                                                                                                   through the Covid pandemic,      providing cover for Sports       issues in relation to casualty and
                                                                                                                                   but how has Sportscover          Associations?                    player accident/injury covers,
                                                                                                                                   fared during this time?                                           over and above the usual
                                                                                                                                                                      A: Absolutely! Cancelled       industry dynamics, and sports
                                                                                                                                      A: Sportscover was as         competitions, non-renewal        have been able to rely on these
                                                                                                                                   impacted as other businesses,    of memberships, business         lines continuing to be available
                                                                                                                                   both directly but also as a result   interruption – these all provided   to them through Sportscover.
                                                                                                                                   of the impacts felt by so many   challenges for sports entities.    In speaking to a number
                                                                                                                                   of our clients. The sport, fitness   The Australian Tennis Open   of sport CEO’s, the biggest
                                                                                                                                   and leisure sector has been      was perhaps one of the highest   issue facing sports has been in
                                                                                                                                   hard hit, and continues to be    profile examples of managing     managing through the changed
                                                                                                                                   challenged in some parts of the   through the C-19 impact, but    competition and membership
                                                                                                                                   country, particularly in Victoria.   the impact was felt all the   circumstances and ensuring
                                                                                                                                      Fitness and leisure           way through the industry to      their organisations continued
                                                                                                                                   businesses, sporting             the smallest community club.     to be sustainable, financially
                                                                                                                                   competitions and Clubs were      Remember, too, that many Clubs  and operationally.  A minimum
                                                                                                                                   forced to close or cancel        have also had to deal with the   20% reduction in membership
                                                                                                                                   overnight when C-19 kicked off.   impacts of the 2020 bushfires,   appears to be the level of
                                                                                                                                   Whilst the Federal Government’s  East Coast floods and a mouse    decline experienced by sports
                                                                                                                                   financial support arrangements   plague. It’s been biblical!      consistently across the sector.
                                                                                                                                   were a Godsend for many,                                          It’s also apparent that there has
                                                                                                                                   we felt the impact through                                        been a reduction in volunteer
                                                                                                                                   substantially reduced renewal      Q: What have been the          numbers – volunteers are the
                                                                                                                                   rates. April and May last year   major issues for Sports          lifeblood of so many sports
                                                                                                                                   saw our renewal rate decrease    Associations during this         clubs throughout the country.
                                                                                                                                   by up to two thirds. It was      time? How easy has it been
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Q: Has Sportscover done
                              imon Allatson is Sportscover Australia’s CEO                                                         sobering!                        for them to obtain sports        anything to assist its clients
                                                                                                                                      Fortunately, by demonstrating  insurance and continue
                              and a leading authority on sport having worked                                                       flexibility and adjusting to fit   operations?                    through this period?
                              previously as the CEO/Executive Director of the                                                      business circumstances, we
                                                                                                                                                                      A: Obviously, the two main
                                                                                                                                                                                                       A: When C-19 kicked off,
                   SNational Ice Sports (ice hockey and skating),                                                                  have rebounded extraordinarily   insurance lines that have been   we worked through what our
                                                                                                                                   well. The last six to nine months
                NZ Tennis, Swimming Australia, Athletics Australia and                                                             have been very pleasing for      impacted and will continue       response needed to be. We
                the Sydney Kings NBL franchise. Touchline caught up                                                                us and, indeed, have been        to have impact have been         made two commitments: that
                                                                                                                                   among the most productive in
                                                                                                                                                                    cancellation and property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     we wouldn’t lose any of our own
                with Simon to discuss the impact that Covid 19 has had on                                                          Sportscover’s 35-year history.   Tennis Australia showed why it   people and that we would do
                Sportscover and its clients from an insurance perspective.                                                         We are fortunate that our        was one of the best-run sports   whatever we could to help our
                                                                                                                                   underwriting authorities and     by having pandemic cover in      sport, fitness and leisure clients
                                                                                                                                   partnerships are strong and      place long before people had     manage through the crisis by
                                                                                                                                   are holding up well despite the   heard of Wuhan. Other sports    sharing the pain with them.
                                                                                                                                   current pressures within the     weren’t in the same fortunate
                                                                                                                                   global insurance market.         position.



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