SportWest has as part of its strategic plan an objective to “recruit and retain quality people who are aligned to SportWest values”.  Those values include transparency, collaboration, leadership and respect.

For support on our project areas of child safeguarding and True Sport, please visit those pages of the website for project lead contact information.

Rob Thompson


Rob was appointed CEO of the WA Sports Federation in July 2007, following a long involvement with sport as a participant, volunteer coach and administrator. His professional roles commenced at the WACA in 1988 following 12 years employment in education.

After 15 years in various roles with the WACA (the last 6 as Cricket Manager), he joined a private community development consultancy in 2003 that focused on building communities in expanding metropolitan residential developments.

As an accredited coach, Rob had stints in coaching and administration in cricket and Australian football in both community and school environments.

  • SportWest representative with Community Sport Australia.
  • Governance and management advice to support a consolidated representation of sport to government on behalf of the industry.
  • Overall leadership of SportWest.
  • Media and sponsorship enquiries.

Matt Bamford


Matt joined SportWest in February 2016. He was employed in touch football for 20 years – first as a community club administrator, through a development role for eight years, a state manager, before becoming part of Touch Football Australia’s senior leadership team for seven years. In that time, Matt oversaw staff across much of Australia and also played a key role in significant management and governance change in WA and across Australia.

Matt graduated from the University of Canberra with a degree in Sports Administration and Sports Media, and followed this with a period working as the Capital Football (Soccer) Junior League Administrator in Canberra, with experience in sports management and delivery since 1995.  He also did a practicum placement with Swimming Australia during his final year at University.

  • General operational support and guidance for members, including link to member support services.
  • Information on the RAC SportWest Awards.
  • Sportsview newsletter content.
  • New membership enquiries.
  • Sponsorship enquiries.


Any general enquiries can also be directed to Matt for assistance or direction to appropriate support.

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