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This April, we gathered at the iconic Australian Institute of Sport to share, learn, and grow together. The Silver Room buzzed with energy as new and existing franchisees united under one roof, all pumped to elevate our mission: bringing joy and health through sports to kids across Australia.

Celebrating Community and Setting Goals

We kicked things off by reflecting on an awesome 2023 – a year of big wins and valuable lessons. More than just a catch-up, it was a springboard to set our sights higher. We’re talking bolder goals and even more impactful kids’ sports, fitness, and wellbeing programs. Because when we aim high, we lift our kids even higher.

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The image features a vibrant indoor volleyball game with eight players, all dressed in blue shirts and various shades of dark pants or shorts. They are actively engaged in the game, with some players ready to hit the ball and others in motion, positioned on an orange court. The high ceiling of the facility is equipped with bright lights and a banner that reads "Fuelling excellence," suggesting a focus on sports training or competition excellence. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, indicative of a team sport event.

Training Days Packed with Action

No GeckoSports gathering would be complete without getting our hands (and feet!) moving. With our partners from Table Tennis Australia, Ultimate Australia, Softball Australia, Volleyball Australia, Golf Australia and the newcomers at Squash Australia, our franchisees leveled up their game. These training sessions weren’t just about refining skills—they were about transforming the way we coach, one game at a time.

Star-Studded Inspiration

And guess what? We had Australian Paralympic heroes James Turner and Ari Gesini drop by! They didn’t just visit; they shared their stories, their prep for the Paris Games, and lit a fire in all of us. Their resilience and spirit were nothing short of contagious!

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Exploring the Iconic Australian Institute of Sport

Between sessions, we took the opportunity to tour the grounds of the Australian Institute of Sport, a site brimming with sports history and achievements. Walking through these grounds, you can feel the pulse of past and future champions all around. It’s not just about the state-of-the-art facilities where athletes train; it’s about stepping into a space that breathes excellence and inspires greatness. Our franchisees experienced first-hand where Australia’s top athletes sharpen their skills, gaining fresh inspiration to bring back to our clubs. This tour wasn’t just a walk; it was a journey through the heart of Australian sports culture.

Celebrating Our Stars: 2nd Annual Franchise Awards

We also rolled out the red carpet for our 2nd Annual Franchise Awards. It was a night to honour those in our network who’ve gone the extra mile—because they’re the real MVPs in our journey to make sports fun and accessible for every kid.

Wrapping up GeckoSports 2024’s national conference left us all a little more connected, a lot more inspired, and buzzing with excitement for the future. We’re not just teaching sports; we’re crafting journeys of confidence, health, and teamwork.

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Feeling inspired? Come see what all the buzz is about! Join our GeckoSports family and let’s make a lasting impact together. Whether you’re eyeing a franchise partnership or dreaming of coaching, let’s chat. Call 1300 432 565 or email

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