Meet the Team

The Gippsland Sports Academy is fortunate to have a small but extremely dedicated team providing outstanding service to all stakeholders.

A strong balance of community representatives proudly and selflessly commit their time to ensure the Gippsland Sports Academy continues to deliver the best level of service to aspiring Gippsland athletes.


Board Members

Mr Jim Vivian

Chair Person
Clay Target Shooting, Gymnastics
Jim is the current Chair of the GSA board after retiring from the EO position of the GSA in 2018.  Jim was previously in Executive roles with Federation Training.  Jim is currently on the Advisory panel for Gymnastics, CTS and on the Finance Committee

Ms Amelia Evison

Deputy Chair
GippSport, Program Coordinator. Leading Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth funded programs, in the Baw Baw & Latrobe City municipalities. Amelia has a keen interest in snow sports and netball.

Mr Shane Paynter

Shane is the Coordinator Recreation for Baw Baw Shire and is a graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program 2018. Sport has played and continues to play a significant role in his life both personally and professionally.  He is the G.S.A Treasurer and is on the Finance Sub Committee.

Mr Howard Williams

Howard has a teaching background and a history of fostering children’s fitness and sporting achievement. He is trained in governance and associated with volleyball in many roles. Howard convenes the Board’s Programs subcommittee, is the representative on the Volleyball program and a member of the East Gippsland Sports ...

Mr Darrell White

Board Chairman 1997-2012. Darrell has a long association with tennis and football as player and administrator, now with lawn bowls. He continues to share his experience on the GSA Tennis Advisory Panel. Darrell is Chair of the Gippstar Panel and well known as Councillor with Latrobe City Council since 1997

Mrs Diane Blackwood

Chair 2013 – 2018.  Diane commenced with GRSA after her Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) year (1998), requiring commitment to on-going community service.  A Life member of the Traralgon Swimming Club and Mayor of Baw Baw Shire 2011 & 2012, Diane resides in Warragul and represents the West Gippsland/Baw Baw area.

Ms Sandra Timmer-Arends

Sandra is Head of Sport, Traralgon Campus at St Pauls Grammar School in Traralgon.  Sandra has an interest in Netball and represents the Board on the Netball Advisory Panel.  Sandra is also active on the Programs Sub Committee.

Finance Subcommittee

Programs Subcommittee

Sponsorship Subcommittee

Advisory Panel

Coaching Staff

Service Providers