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Kylie Bates

Sport for Development Advisor
Kylie Bates

Kylie Bates specialises in partnership development. She works to create links between sport, development and corporate sectors to help communities benefit from sport. This work is underpinned by facilitating design, social mobilisation, advocacy and evaluation processes. She has experience in leading the Australian Government's Sport for Development portfolio which includes programs in India, the Pacific, southern Africa and Caribbean regions, as well as helping national and regional sports federations to use sport to achieve health, education and gender development outcomes.

More recently, she has worked with organisations like UNICEF, the Oceania Football Confederation, Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Working Group, and the Olympic Sports Federations in Oceania, to use sport to contribute to development goals. Her understanding of sport, government and United Nations systems, enable her to connect sport agencies with development agencies in way that creates authentic, transformational relationships. Kylie got to know about the benefits of sport by working her way up the ranks of junior sport and spent her early careers years working in communities in Nepal (Special Olympics) and Papua New Guinea (Silver Jubilee Program). Kylie holds a Masters of International and Community Development and Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Exercise Management).