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The annual Oration honours the significant contribution of Dr David Parkin OAM to Australian society in leadership, sport and education and promotes the advancement of public knowledge by exploring the challenges and opportunities for sport to act as a driver of social change.

This year's Oration The pursuit of excellence and importance of culture will be delivered by Dr Ric Charlesworth AO, highly successful player and coach and Australian sporting icon.

Dr Charlesworth has the formidable distinction of captaining the men’s team to a World Cup, and later coaching both the men’s and women’s hockey teams to World Cup success. His greatest achievement was back to back Olympic gold medals while coaching the Australian Women’s team. As an athlete and coach, Dr Charlesworth has long been committed to the pursuit of excellence.

This is a free public event. Please register to attend via the website.

Content: Deakin University

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