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We were the first   State leaders losing all sense of   Q: Australia has performed   there is no vision, the people   Games ever in Sydney 21 years   As the CEO of Sportscover,
 underwriting agency to offer,   proportionality and compassion.  better than most countries   perish”. Thankfully, the NRL   ago. The rest of the world can   I was proud of the resilience
 for example, flexible policy   Preventing children from seeing   in containing Covid. Do you   worked to a new vision and   look enviously at Australia   of the sport, fitness & leisure
 and premium arrangements,   dying parents, banning funerals   think that Australian sport   demonstrated its tremendous   for the relatively minimal   sector. I was enormously proud
 including payment extensions   even though they are 300km   has been less affected by   leadership.  impact of C-19 so, being a safe   of the fact Sportscover realised
 and holidays. Feedback told us   from C-19 hotspots (so-called)   Covid 19 than sport in other   Sport is so important to   haven adds demonstrably   the two ambitions it set at the
 this was very well received in   and refusing entry to hospitals   countries?  society in bringing us together   to our attractiveness as an   commencement of the C-19
 the market and assisted many   because you live in the wrong   A: This is a bit of a yes and no   and providing outlets for   international host. That Australia  crisis and the way our people
 clients to keep their doors open.   State is just not what I thought   question. In the early stages of   our physical, mental & social   has been awarded the Women’s   managed throughout. Most
 We also worked with clients   this country stood for.  the pandemic, the whole world   development and wellbeing.   Basketball World Cup 2022 and   importantly, we lived up to our
 who were able to pivot their   In relation to insurance, I   was struggling to come to terms   When these liberties are   the Women’s Football World Cup  promise of being committed to
 service offerings to ensure   would anticipate that C-19 will   with what we were all facing   restricted, we rely even more   2023 is testament to that. Now,   and invested in the wellbeing
 they could do so with adequate   prompt businesses and sports   and the clear prospect was that   on watchable sport to fill the   all we need is for Australia to   and success of sport in this
 insurance in place to support   organisations to interrogate   sport (and fitness and leisure)   void. Fortunately, sport at the   win the rights to host the 2027   country through the tangible
 their efforts – a visible example   their risk management   would cease to be played for the   professional level at least, was   Rugby World Cup – and the   support we provided.
 of this was Gymnastics Australia   frameworks more deeply to   foreseeable future. A lot of the   able to continue in Australia and   Wallabies to win it of course!
 which developed on-line video   identify, and try to predict, what   public health thinking appeared   in other parts of the world so we   We survived and finished the
 coaching modules so that its   can and should be covered.   quite irrational – it was unsafe   still had our athletes and teams   Q: How would you sum up   year full of running. That’s more
 athletes could train at home.   Obviously, there will be cost-  to go for a run, then it was ok;   to follow and support.  the last year?  than can be said for the teams I
 This required an adjustment to   benefit considerations in   golf courses weren’t safe to be   support so, not surprisingly like
 GA’s cover, which we were able   play because C-19 yet again   played on; commercial gyms,   Q: Has that provided some   A: Living in Melbourne, it’s   just about everybody else, I was
 to facilitate.  demonstrated that not all sports   despite their exacting hygiene   opportunities for hosting   been hugely frustrating. The   looking forward to 2021 almost
 have the capacity to take out the  protocols, were assessed as   more major sporting events   approach taken by the State   all the way through 2020.
 Q: What do you think the   full suite of insurance covers – in   being unsafe even in areas with   in Australia?  Government has been so
 lasting impact will be of the   this, sports are little different   no C-19 cases etc.  damaging to the community,
 lessons learned from these   to households in determining   Fortunately, for Australian   A: I would certainly like to   the effects of which will be felt
 unprecedented times?  whether they can afford to   sport at least, the NRL found a   think so. Australia hasn’t lost its   for years to come. People have
 take out comprehensive health   way through and lead us all back   global reputation for hosting   seen how the NSW Government
 A: Personally, I hope we   insurance.  from the looming wilderness. As   spectacular international   dealt with the same issues – the
 never have to witness again   Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “where   events which was bestowed   comparison has been glaring
            upon us following the greatest   and stark.

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