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Sam Theodore


Sam is a Senior Audit and Risk professional having worked in financial services, professional services and major corporates.

Sam has been involved in Blind Sports since 1989 in various capacities, having started as state coach for Goalball and later becoming Australian Paralympic Committee Head Coach, attending 3 Paralympic games, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. In later years Sam has focused on administration and appointed on the Boards of Goalball Australia and Blind Sports Australia.

Sam has completed a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Banking and Finance.

Sam values the engagement of the blind and vision impaired community participating in sport at a recreational and elite level.

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Voula Karantzas

Deputy Chair

Voula is a senior logistics supply chain and procurement professional.

She has a demonstrated broad range of experience in industry, consulting and volunteer organisations. She also has strong leadership and stakeholder management skills fostering team-orientated environment and coaching team and individuals to be highly effective. Voula is highly motivated to improve business models, lead teams and make a difference through consistently high team engagement and productivity.Voula says “I was delighted to have been appointed to the Blind Sports Australia board as it allows me to bring my passion to make a difference and my professional experience to a worthy cause.”
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Melissa Martin

Secretary and Public Officer

Melissa brings a strong background in human resources, recruitment, outplacement and career coaching.

She has worked across a range of industries including financial services, professional services and recruitment. She also brings significant experience consulting to industries such as education, childcare, energy, and market research.

As a specialist in Human Resource Management and Career Coaching, Melissa provides individuals and business leaders with the support they need to ensure on-going success and satisfaction be that on a professional or business level.

Melissa has completed a Masters of Organisational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in psychology. She is a certified Career Coach and a qualified Trainer and Assessor. Melissa is also a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Career Development Association of Australia.

Melissa is keen to utilise her experience to assist BSA to achieve its mission of promoting blind sports to all members of the community, increasing participation in blind sports and advocating on behalf of its members.

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Simon Talbot


Simon holds a Bachelor of Science, Earth/Agricultural Sciences (University of Tasmania), a Master of Business Administration/Technology.

Simon has also had board experience with the  South Melbourne Market – Deputy Chair Advertising Standard Bureau, Director Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Chairman Prime Ministers Manufacturing Taskforce, Technical Advisor Monash Food Innovation Centre – Advisory Board.

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Brenton Lynch


With over 25 years of global experience, Brenton has obtained a unique understanding of the structure finance, equipment leasing and capital markets sectors.

Having worked in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and North and South America, he has been fortunate to be mentored and work along side some of the leaders in his fields and have had the opportunity to pass this knowledge and his own experiences to coach/mentor others.

Brenton’s commitment and motivation stems from working in an ever changing environment that requires the ability to adapt to any market conditions to provide specialised and innovative solution based financial products that make a difference.

With a passion for people, Brenton is driven to elevate the productivity and morale of individual’s and organisations’ whilst prioritising the personal well-being of others to create an inclusive and diverse working environment both internally and externally.

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Matt Levy


Matt’s lived experience as an accomplished para-athlete, combined with his strong business background in governance and change management brings a 


wealth of insight and skills to strengthen our Board.
Matt has competed in the Australian Swimming team at the last 5 Paralympic Games, winning 3 gold, 1 silver and 6 bronze medals. Matt is an Order of Australia recipient, published author, accomplished speaker, ambassador, and member of a number of national and international committees.
We look forward to working with Matt and learning from his unique experience and insights into the Australian sporting landscape.
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