Our People

STEVE PALLAS | Founder & Managing Director

Steve Pallas is the founder and Managing Director of Sports Community. Sports Community encompasses a multi-media online support platform for grassroots sports club volunteers, as well as consulting services for government and peak sporting bodies including the likes Cricket Australia, Netball Victoria, ACT and NT governments and over 80 councils all around Australia.

Previously a successful financial services executive and CEO of the Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League, Steve’s passion for grassroots sport and his accumulated knowledge from working with all stakeholders in grassroots sport, since Sports Community’s incorporation in 2012, now places him as an expert in the field. He is in demand as a speaker, a research partner and as a trusted resource for the volunteers and stakeholders that drive Australia’s sports clubs.

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SHONA PALLAS | Co-Founder & Business Manager


Shona is the co-founder of Sports Community, sharing husband Steve’s vision and passion for developing Australia’s best online and in-person resource for sports club volunteers.

Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching and Administration, Shona has more than 20 years’ experience in the grassroots sports scene, including three years as the president of a swimming club, and has been a regular guest speaker at international swimming conferences.


ANDREW WALTON | Sports Consulting, Training & Volunteer Support

Andrew is a trailblazer of sports technology in Australia from relentlessly exploring new levels of engagement with community and governing bodies through the original concept in the development of web-based platforms to native mobile, live scoring and live streaming services of scale achieving commercial growth extending internationally into the UK, USA and Europe. In addition to this he has previously been involved in partnerships with Cricket Australia, Football Australia, Tennis Australia and more. Recent projects have extended into Big Esports and Disability Sport and Recreation.

He’s a country boy with values shaped from a multi-cultural heritage and a professional career in the steel and recycling industries before technology.

He has always had a deep involvement with sport from junior to the elite through playing and now ongoing coaching or governance support.


SUANNE WAUGH | Sports Consultant


Suanne Waugh is an experienced sports administrator who has worked with clubs, associations, state and national bodies for over 20years.  During this time she has worked with governance change, organisational rebranding, nationalising membership and communication databases, marketing, communications, managed websites and social media and trained club officials.  Suanne has a passion for sport and enjoys helping club officials achieve club goals and enjoy their volunteer experience. 

Suanne started her career as a Health Information Manager however fast realised that although administration was something she enjoyed, the sports industry was a better fit!  An AFL SportsReady traineeship proved the perfect springboard to launch a career into the sports industry.  Suanne is a netball tragic who still loves to get out on the court and occasionally brings home a premiership cup.  She is also the mum of three sporty children who keep the odometer clicking over in her car!