Governance


Governance

The CVI Board oversees the operation of Calisthenics in Victoria and makes decisions pertaining to the future direction of our sport.  All Board positions are held on a voluntary basis with meetings held monthly at the CVI office.

The Board consists of elected positions including President, Secretary, Director of Finance, Director of Competitions and three General Members.  In addition, representatives from our affiliated organisations including the Adjudicators and Coaches, attend the meetings.


CVI Board

President - Angela Wijeratne


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As President of the CVI Board for the past two years, Angela has led the team through a period of significant change and development.
With a focus on implementing Good Governance best practice, the sport has benefited from Angela and her Board’s governance work including:
• Completion of a Good Governance Review
• Committee of Management change to a Board of Governance
• Terms of Reference developed for every Board sub-committee
• Sub-committee support around succession planning, revised structures, and implementing meeting and conduct protocol
• Introduction of Compliance Committee
Enjoying a positive increase in membership, Angela has led the sport through a Stakeholder Review and Strategic Planning Process, resulting in a three year strategic plan that is targeted, strategic and measurable and aims to build a stronger, more professional sport.
Angela’s love for calisthenics began at the age of 9 when she joined the Dandenong Calisthenics Club’s Junior team under the guidance of Julie Waite.  Her family moved to England two years later, but her passion for the sport never faded, and when she became a mother many years later, she enrolled her daughter into St Gerard’s Calisthenics club at the age of 5.
During her 21 years at St Gerards (now Narre Warren Calisthenics Club) Angela held the positions of President, Vice President and General Committee Member and actively supported the club, and her daughter, who coached at the club for a number of years.  Angela even revisited her own calisthenics days by participating as a Master in recent years.
Now enjoying calisthenics as a Grandmother, with granddaughter Remy performing at Berwick Calisthenics Club, Angela really has experienced calisthenics from a variety of perspectives.
Professionally, Angela, her husband and son run a successful accounting practice.  She currently holds the position of Practice Manager co–coordinating administration staff on a daily basis, formulating policies and procedures , engaging with clients and all administration duties associated with the accounting and financial industry; including dealing with government bodies in the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Securities and Investment Commission and other accounting bodies.
Additionally, Angela has administered the Aus-Lanka South Cricket Tours to Sri Lanka for the past 6 years, she volunteers on the Board of Management of the Singithi Sevana Children’s Home—Colombo Sri Lanka—raising funds for the betterment of abandoned children in Sri Lanka. 
In 2015 Angela won the Victorian Women’s Good Governance Scholarship through Women on Boards.  She used this scholarship to complete and graduate the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course.

Director of Finance - Shane Bond


Shane Bond is the Principal Founder of SBA Financial Pty Ltd and has been in the Financial Planning and Life Broking business for at least 38 years.
During this time, Shane has attained CFP accreditation, a Diploma in Financial Planning in 1999, a Diploma in Mortgages (2013) and a Certificate in Self-Managed Super Funds (Kaplan). Shane’s expertise is in Wealth Management and Financial Planning.
Recently returning from the USA after finishing a Wealth Management Course, he has extensive knowledge particularly pertaining to High Net Worth Clients.
Shane has been involved with calisthenics for over 30 years as a support to his wife Robyn (who is principal and founder of Robynmore CC and daughters Stefanie & Natalie (both of whom have represented Victoria as coaches). Shane played football at the highest level for Collingwood Fc and North Melbourne Fc. He was a member of Collingwood in the 1977 draw and then lost grand finale the week after. Shane has previously sat on the board of Australian Financial services (a dealer group that had over 100 practices participating).
He can bring to the board his knowledge and life experiences in sport at the highest level, board membership, financial planning and small business.

Secretary - Margaret Sprague


Margaret has been involved with Calisthenics for the past 59 years in varying roles. Her involvement in Calisthenics began at St Cecilia’s Calisthenic Club, she then moved to Minerva Calisthenic College. She currently has granddaughters at Merinda and Bundoora. In 1968 she founded the Bundoora Calisthenic Club Inc in which she has become a life member. Margaret has held a position on the Grading Committee and also the Victorian Competitions representative. Margaret was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2012. Margaret and her daughters Vanessa and Toni have run the Northern District Calisthenic Competitions for the past 15 years.

Director of Competitions - Shirley Pettitt


Shirley was literally born doing Calisthenics as her mother was still involved in a Married Ladies Class!  Shirley’s first concert was at the age of 2. 
At 6 she commenced at Clifton Calisthenic College under the renowned training of Miss Vera Hopton.  Her first RSSS adventure was also at the age of 6. 
After going through to Seniors at Clifton, Shirley then started and coached her own class (all sections) and soloists, successfully elevating the class from lowest entry point to Division 1 and Championship at RSSS level.
Shirley joined the adjudicator association in 1998 and has been an active member of ASCA Committee since 2003, held position of President for 5 years and currently Immediate Past President.  Also contributed as Assistant Secretary, Vice-President and representative for the Competition Committee.  Other Associations within Calisthenics include 7 years as an AAB delegate and 3 years on ACF Committee of Management as Director of Planning.
Awards received:  VCCA Life Member,  SEV Official of the Year 2008; ASCA Life Member 2016
Shirley has two adult children.  Stacey (her daughter) has also been involved in Calisthenics since the age of 2 through to seniors.  She now enjoys writing for her Mum from time to time to continue this involvement.

ASCA Representative - Julie Fox​


Julie commenced calisthenics at age 8, joined Clifton Calisthenic College at age 15 where she enjoyed many successful years as a championship performer being coached by Miss Vera Hopton, B.E.M., and went on to coach all age groups at this very successful Championship class. At age 17 Julie won the prestigious Royal South Street Graceful Girl title and her love for coaching calisthenic solos, graceful girl solos and classical ballet resulted in coaching 7 Graceful Girl winners at Royal South Street as well as many place getters.
Julie began adjudicating in 1971, became an Advanced 1 Adjudicator in 1993, the inaugural year of accreditation, and an Advanced 2 Adjudicator in 1997. She has adjudicated the National Championships on three occasions, has extensive experience in adjudicating at RSSS (since 1976), CVI and many other Victorian and interstate competitions. Julie was appointed as an ACF Skills Examiner to Gold Medal level in 1985, redeveloped the aesthetic and dance sections of the program in 1995, was appointed as an inaugural member of the ACF Examiners' Advisory Board in 2000, and was awarded the ACF Official of the Year in 2006.
Julie is a life member of the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science with a passionate belief in the importance of physical fitness at all ages which can be obtained as both a participant and a coach in our wonderful sport of calisthenics. In 2015, Julie was awarded Life Membership to Calisthenics Victoria. 

​VCCA Representative - Keira Cowell

Having been involved in calisthenics for more than 45 years, Keira is a well-known and respected member of the calisthenics community.
Keira proudly spent all of her calisthenics years as a pupil at Dorset Calisthenics College, and at 18, Keira began her coaching career.  After gaining coaching experience at Dorset and other clubs,
she opened her own club, Lotus Calisthenics, 22 years ago.  2015 brings the end of an era, as Keira stepped down from Lotus as Principal Coach.
Since starting as a coach Keira has always been involved with the VCCA in some way.  She has held almost every position on the committee from Minutes Secretary to President over the past 30 years.
In her current role of Coach Education Administrator, which she has held for the last 2.5 years, Keira has enjoyed getting to know many young coaches and providing seminars and
workshops aimed at helping to continue to raise the standard of coaching in Victoria. Keira’s professional life merged with her passion for calisthenics, as she was a
Performing Arts Teacher for 30 years at a number of schools across Melbourne.
Stepping onto the Board seems a natural step for Keira and she looks forward to helping the sport progress into the future.

General Member - Jessica Quayle


Calisthenics has been a part of my life for over 25 years. I competed for 20 years at Raieburn Calisthenics Club, joining as a Tinie I worked my way up to Seniors. I have also had the pleasure of being an assistant and vocal coach for the Raieburn Juniors and Intermediates. I held a position on the Raieburn Committee of Management for five years where my focus was on marketing and publicity of the club, the development and management of social and online media interfaces and as photographer at club events.
I retired from Calisthenics performance to pursue a strong interest in musical theatre. I have performed in several amateur musical theatre productions and hopefully there will be many more in my future. When I’m not on the stage you will most likely find me in the backstage crew, operating lighting or stage managing for numerous amateur theatre companies across Melbourne.
Professionally I hold a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences (Ergonomics), an Internal Auditing qualification, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Business Management. I have worked in the field of Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management for the past nine years for large corporations gaining experience in numerous industries including manufacturing, mining, construction, logistics, waste and resource recovery.
Over the past 12 months I have been learning about all facets of our sport and meeting many amazing people that make up the wider calisthenics community. I joined the CVI Compliance Committee which has allowed me to apply my risk management skills to the CVI office and the Victorian State team and participate in the CVI insurance policy review.
I will continue to apply my risk management skills to improve the safety and wellbeing of our coaches, adjudicators, participants and volunteers in calisthenics; ensuring we have safe venues, safe events and safe procedures to reduce injuries in our sport and improve the calisthenics experience for all. When making decisions I will make them with the best interests of our members and our sport in mind and at heart; striving towards a sustainable future for calisthenics in Victoria.

CVI Board General Member - Pippa Sampson


Pippa Sampson has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law from Monash University and has been a Practicing Legal Practitioner for 34 years. Pippa has also owned her own business and worked as a Principle of GE Law Services. Pippa has practised in Commercial Law, Business Law, Local Governments Law and litigation. Outside of this, Pippa has extensive history working in the community including being a Methodist Ladies' College Board Member and Subcommittee Member of Audit, Development, Finance & Corporate Governance (14 years); MLC Investments Pty. Ltd fund management (8 years); National Advisory Council to Commonwealth Government Unemployed & Youth & Community Youth Support Network (4 years); Pro- Bono Advisor to National Council of Women. Pippa was introduced to calisthenics as a mother of daughters who competed at Ceres Calisthenics Club.

CVI Board General Member - Les Margaris


Les brings a fresh perspective to the CVI Board, with two daughters who are relatively new to calisthenics. With over 25 years’ experience in the Corporate Services arena, he currently holds the position of Manager, Accounts Receivable within DHHS.  In my time at DHHS, he has served on several committees and have had the opportunity to serve as President of the DHHSC.
His fresh outlook, combined with my extensive experience serving on a Board offers the CVI Board and the members with a strong sense of balance, professionalism and specific expertise.
In my time on the CVI Board he has been impressed with the Strategic Direction and commitment to Good Governance practices, Les looks forward to representing the most important people in calisthenics – the members and their families - to ensure that calisthenics continues to thrive into the future.

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