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.
Hunter Johnson is CEO of HeadQuarters Australia (HQ). Hunter has a diverse background in emotional intelligence, youth leadership and social entrepreneurship. Through this work, Hunter has facilitated youth-work programs with over 10,000 young Australians across the country. Previously, Hunter has worked in the FYA Innovation Team, leading their incubator program for Australia’s brightest social entrepreneurs; Advisor to the Nexus Youth Summit, a global movement of over 2,500 young philanthropists collaborating to fast-track social change; and Co-Founder of Kids in Philanthropy, which has raised over $300,000 for other kids in need. Hunter is a 2017 Finalist in the Leadership Category of the Victorian Young Achievers Awards and a nominee for the 2017 Young Australian of the Year Awards.
Jamin Heppell is Director of Programs at HeadQuarters Australia (HQ). Jamin has always been passionate about leadership, mental health and wellness having founded Game Changers Australia, which has trained and supported over 2500 young leaders to reshape sporting culture with a particular emphasis on improving mental health. Also, Healthy Communities Australia, a fitness company that improves the wellness of parents so they can live positively influence their children. Jamin has received $130,000 in funding from the State Government and $30,000 from VicHealth to support these initiatives. Jamin was a 2016 Finalist in the Leadership and Well-being Categories of the Victorian Young Achievers Award.
Natalie is Program Coordinator at HeadQuarters Australia (HQ)/Game Changers. She’s a highly trained facilitator and most recently completed the Global Rites of Passage Level 1 Leadership course. In 2016 Natalie was recognised as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians for her role at social enterprises, Crêpes for Change and The Coffee Cart Changing Lives. In addition, she manages a Youth Foundation that supports local youth leadership and is a board director for Youth Without Borders. Natalie is passionate about empowering young people to reach their full potential through providing emotional intelligence and leadership experiences. She has a portfolio of experience in social entrepreneurship, program management, speaking and facilitation. Through this, Natalie has supported hundreds of young people to reach their goals.
Coming from a background in social change filmmaking, Errol has worked extensively in the Campaigns and International Engagement sector at Oaktree. Independent projects that Errol has worked on include the Nepal Nonfiction Visual Storytelling Festival, producing & directing a documentary surrounding mental health in the workplace, and involvement with Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. In addition to video production, Errol has also led local programs for YMCA Victoria Youth Services, including community & school based skateboarding events and clinics.