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THE Matildas recent World Cup achievements have pushed women sport through the glass ceiling and galvanised Australia in respect of our female athletes and what (and how) they can achieve.

In a compelling presentation one of Australia’s most successful sports marketers and coaches, Bob Turner, assembles team of local insiders to explore the growing success of women in sports with unique insights and predictions.

Held in conjunction with the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber this event is being held as part of WEXPO 2023 at Blacktown.

Some of the issues to be explored include:

  • Pay scales.
  • Styles of play.
  • Development paths.
  • And more…


The panel includes sports administrators, women players, coaches and captains:

Bob Turner is executive chairman of Blacktown FC, winners of 2022 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Championship. Bob has been actively engaged as head coach, general manager, managing director and part owner of four NBL teams and in 2010 was the driving force in the resurrection of the Sydney Kings.  In 1999 he was honored by Basketball Australia and the NBL as a Hall of Fame inductee. His personal success as a basketball player, coach, marketer, administrator, and businessman is a unique combination in the business world and he has been actively engaged by corporate associates to present and develop a variety of issues including team building, motivation, success and leadership. 


David ‘Dok’ O’Keefe - Head of Women’s Football at Blacktown City and tasked with the goal of reaching NPL 1 status within three years.  Dok built the Barker College Football program and achieved a similar role with Sydney University.

Kiara Rochiax – In her second season with Blacktown City, women’s captain Kiara Rochiax is one of the best goalies in the competition, this talented athlete has many scouts watching her games.  A former Under 19 All School Australian representative, Kiara is a leader both on and off the field.

Mark Crittenden – Regarded as one of the Premier coaches in NSW, mark has led the organisation both on and off the field to establish an exceptional culture for the club.  He has been a main driver in the establishment of the Blacktown City Senior Women’s Team and assisted in building a similar culture.


Matt Lewis - The longest serving player in Blacktown City FC history, men’s captain Matt Lewis, has played a record 376 games for his club. Recognition of his contribution came with the annual Matt Lewis medal.  Matt played his youth with Blacktown City before being recruited to the Central Coast Mariners.  After leaving CCM, he returned to play for Blacktown Head of Football, Mark Crittenden.



What: WEXPO 2023 - Greater Blacktown Business Chamber Business After 5.

Venue: Blacktown Workers Club.

When: 5.30PM, September 5, 2023, Ballroom

Tickets: FREE, limited to 100, book HERE

Includes: Finger food.


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