Having worked with Essendon Football Club, North Melbourne Football Club, Sport and Recreation Victoria and over 60 local community sporting organisations, Game Changers has empowered over 2,500 young sporting leaders on residential camps and workshops, creating a lasting impact in their lives and local communities.
Game Changers has a vision that all Australian sporting clubs have a positive culture where every person has deep connection, purpose and positive impact. Our mission is to empower Australian sporting clubs with the skills, courage and character to have all players reach their greatest human potential.
It is our greatest commitment to supporting grassroots sporting clubs to create the best environment for young people to thrive.
Founded by Jamin Heppell and a small team of passionate youth leadership experts, Game Changers has grown from one program impacting 30 young leaders to delivering programs for hundreds of people all over Victoria.
We have the goal of scaling the work of Game Changers to impact athletes in all Australian states and territories by 2022.
Nat is the CEO of Game Changers. She is passionate about empowering young people to reach their full potential. Nat has a portfolio of experience working with hundreds of young leaders across Australia in social entrepreneurship, program management, keynote speaking and facilitation. She is a highly trained facilitator and completed some of Australia’s expert training programs. Nat is a founding team member of two successful social enterprises (Crêpes for Change and The Coffee Cart Changing Lives) and in 2016 was recognised as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians for her contribution. In 2017 Nat managed the Boroondara Youth Foundation, a youth-focused local grant initiative supported by Canterbury Ashburton Balwyn and Surrey Hills Bendigo Community Banks.
Fiona Sanford is the Program Manager of Game Changers. She is an accomplished award-winning gymnast and coach having represented Victoria at the national level for 4 years in a row. Fi was also the 2012 Young Citizen of the Year for the Mornington Peninsula Shire. At the age of 18 Fiona worked in the UK for the Charity Youth Sports Trust. This experience inspired Fiona to come back to her local community in the Mornington Peninsula to start-up her own sports leadership initiative. Then, in 2016 after a career-ending ankle injury, Fiona got introduced to Game Changers and coordinated the highly successful Your Community Bank Sports Leadership Program. She’s also past employee of the Rye Dromana Rosebud Your Community Bendigo Bank. Fiona is passionate building community and supporting young people to be the best they can be.
Daniel Brick is the People and Culture Manager at Game Changers Australia. Bricky first participated in the flagship program Captains Camp in 2014, which was the first time he saw himself as a leader. Since then he has been involved each year with Game Changers, and has played a leading role on 12 separate camps. He is a highly trained facilitator and has a range of experience working with young people across Victoria. Bricky is passionate about creating authentic & extraordinary leaders who are able to create change in the world.