Our Team

Steve Pallas – Managing Director

Shona Pallas – Business Manager

Joe Novella – Digital Producer and Content Manager

Ric Thompson – Training Development and Delivery

Peter Sexton – Training Development and Delivery

David Bedwell – Training Development and Delivery

Pamela Irvine – Community Partnership Manager

Jenny Rose – Writer and editor

Amanda VanderWal – Community Partnership Manager – QLD

Meaghan Densley – Consultant and Presenter

Elise McKeon – Digital Marketing Coordinator


Steve Pallas – Founder & Managing Director

Steve’s vision of a one-stop shop for all grassroots sports clubs where club volunteers and administrators can learn, share and grow has come to fruition in Sports Community. His passion for working with local grassroots sports clubs led him to developing Sports Community from just an idea into a multimedia information portal with a thriving online community.

contact: stevep@sportscommunity.com.au 0431779797


Bachelor of Business; Master of Business Administration


  • 15 years as a successful senior financial service executive
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Mornington Nepean Football League 2007- 2008
  • 20 years playing local sport, holding many positions on various sporting committees as well as coaching Mt Martha Cricket Club

Joe Novella – Digital Producer and Content Manager

Joe Novella is responsible for what you see on the Sports Community website, managing the content and co-ordinating writers and digital producers. Joe also manages the Sports Community Social Media content and produces the Sports Community radio show, podcasts and webinars.

Contact: joe@sportscommunity.com.au

Qualifications Bachelor Applied Science – Computer Science


  • 25 years I.T experience with companies such as Hewlett Packard
  • Director of Words and Webs – Social Media Strategy
  • Published Novelist and content contributor to magazines and the Blogisphere
  • Radio Producer and presenter of “Two up Front” soccer show on 88.3 Southern FM
  • 35 years involvement in the grassroots soccer scene as a player, coach and administrator
  • Passionate supporter of Melbourne Victory, the A-league, W-league and Chelsea FC

Ric Thompson


Bachelor Arts (Education), Diploma of Sports Development, Certificate IV in Fitness, Training and Assessment Certificate IV


  • 7 years as a primary school teacher
  • 5 years as teacher development (physical education)
  • 2 years teaching VCAL and VET Sports Development Course
  • 20 years of local sport including coach of Moorabbin Cricket Club

Shona Pallas

Co-founder of Sports Community who shared husband Steve’s vision and passion for developing a resource for club volunteers.

Qualifications Bachelor Applied Science (Sports Coaching and Administration)


  • Shareholder of multiple Paul Sadler Swimland Schools
  • Manager of Narre  Warren Paul Sadler Swimland
  • Regular speaker at International swimming Conferences
  • Over 20 years of local sport including 3 years as President of Swimland Swim Club

Pamela Irvine – Community Partnership Manager


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


  • 19 years of sales and telemarketing experience for companies such as Tupperware Australia, Marketmetrics and Wine Growers Direct
  • Involved with junior tennis and soccer clubs
  • Played many sports at the grassroots community level

Amanda Vanderwal – Community Partnerships Manager (QLD/NSW/NT)

Amanda is our superstar staff member based in Queensland.

From an early age Amanda has been active in sports, had a passion for helping people and a knack for organising.  The combination of these three skills has made her the perfect fit for our ‘Community Partnership Manager’ role in Queensland.

Amanda comes from a netball background spending three and a half years at the Australian Institute of Sport and returning to netball as a coach.

Amanda continued her journey with netball becoming a ‘High Performance Coach’ for a number of teams across more than 14 years. The highlight during her coaching journey has been the 17 and under Queensland Netball Team winning the Championship in 2015, this being the first time in over 10 years!

Amanda also has a background in Human Resources Management and is a natural ‘people person’.

To contact Amanda please feel free to email her on:  amanda@sportscommunity.com.au