28 April 2020


A two-year project has come to fruition with Regional Sport Victoria (RSV) appointing their first ever General Manager.

Former Netball Victoria Relationship Manager Ms Cassandra Hadson has been appointed to the role at RSV, the peak body for Victorian regional community sport, moves into a new era.

The position has been created after significant support from the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth, and will help position RSV as the peak body representing all community sport and recreation stakeholders across regional Victoria.

Working through its nine Regional Sports Assembly membership base, RSV’s vision is for a strong regional sport and active recreation sector driving better, healthier and stronger regional communities. With Ms Hadson’s contribution, RSV will be able to increase its advocacy for and support to our members to continue to build the strength and reach of regional community sport and recreation throughout Victoria as it improves the health and wellbeing of all regional Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Chair of Regional Sport Victoria, Sport North East’s Ms Felicity Williams

We are delighted to have a person with such strong credentials as Ms Hadson join our team.

Cassandra has displayed great leadership, innovation and ability to engage with key stakeholders during her working career. These are ideal qualities we were seeking as we shift RSV from a network to a more formal peak body.

RSV, in partnership with all nine Regional Sports Assemblies, has collaborated strongly over the course of the past two years to develop the position of General Manager, so it can significantly increase the capability and capacity of RSV to advocate for and build opportunities to strengthen regional community sport and recreation.

The appointment of Ms Hadson is perfect timing for RSV, as Regional Sports Assemblies work together with Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicHealth and the new Minister for Community Sport, the Honorable Ros Spence, to gather compelling evidence and insights from sporting clubs significantly impacted from being forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 situation. This information will provide rich insights to proactively and effectively support our sport and recreation sector to successfully emerge from this crisis as we reactivate our society.

Throughout the year, Regional Sports Assemblies play a significant role in supporting the health and resilience of local sporting clubs and recreation organisations in myriad of ways, including through the club health program, but also supporting development of club capacity and capability, and assisting them to be inclusive and develop programs for people with a disability. Regional Sports Assemblies also play a significant role in encouraging all Victorians to participate in sport and recreation.

Cassandra will certainly hit the ground running in assisting RSV and the assemblies to gather insights from this unique period in Victorian sport, so as to ensure that should sport be dramatically impacted again, like it has now, that it will be better prepared.

Quotes attributable to Sport Focus Business Manager, Mr Stuart Craig who played a lead role in the recruiting process and was full of praise for Ms Hadson.

The field of candidates was extremely strong and settling on a short list was not an easy task. We thank those applicants who took the time to put forward their expressions of interest and we all look forward to working with Ms Hadson.

For more information contact RSV Chair, Felicity Williams:
mobile: 0419 129 460; email