About Us

Keeping young Indigenous athletes on their path to success.

Sporting Chance Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to minimise the stumbling block a musculoskeletal injury presents to a young athlete and keep them on the path to success.  

The Foundation will collaborate with the individuals, their communities and other organisations who share our passion to provide orthopedic & rehabilitation services encouraging an early re-entry and engagement back into the positive influences of sport.

This will include assisting the individual through:

  • All phases of pre-operative care
  • Surgery
  • Follow up
  • Post-operative rehabilitation education and ongoing injury prevention management

Working together to create change in communities.

In the process of helping individuals, Sporting Chance Foundation’s ultimate goal is to create enduring and meaningful change within the athlete’s communities through the medium of healthy and positive role models. It is envisaged that this will not only improve the engagement of Indigenous youth in the sport that they are passionate about, it will also encourage a positive relationship between them, the community and medical services.

Sporting Chance Foundation Board

Daevyd Rodda | Chairman, Director

Daevyd is a Sunshine Coast based Orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group. He specialises in: trauma surgery; sports medicine (including ACL reconstruction); hip and knee arthroplasty; and foot and ankle surgery. As well as his Orthopaedic training at some of Melbourne’s most prestigious hospitals Daevyd has also done further post-fellowship orthopaedic training in various centres of excellence throughout Europe and North America.

Daevyd is driven to help Sporting Chance Foundation athletes reach their full potential following an injury by connecting them with the Orthopaedic services they need to keep them on the sports field. In doing so, he hopes to create positive interactions with medical professionals so that they may share these experiences with their communities. Daevyd is also optimistic that the currently Queensland based Sporting Chance Foundation service will eventually be able to offered throughout Australia.

Darren Allie | Director

Darren currently works as the State Indigenous and Multicultural Engagement Manager for AFL Queensland where his role is to increase access, participation and exposure across all streams of the business to these target markets. He holds a Master of Education (Coach Education) from the University of Sydney and is a proud descendant of the Gudjala people near Charters Towers, FNQ. Darren spent the first 15 year of his career working in business development with the transport/logistics field.

Working to build community capacity through sport over the last 10 years has seen Darren doing what he is passionate about. He has seen how sports participation can be the catalyst to social inclusion and how opportunity and access to sport can changes lives. “I believe that the Sporting Chance Foundation provides an fantastic opportunity to young aspiring athletes that need a second chance”.

Andrew Duff | Director

Andrew is a Physiotherapist based on the Sunshine Coast and Partner at Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy. Andrew is passionate about working with individuals, maximising their performance, and optimising their rehabilitation. This stems from his involvement with NZ High Performance Sport’s Winter Program over the past decade as well as his day to day contact with patients striving to achieve their personal goals in the clinic.

Now that he calls Australia home, Andrew is motivated to explore the opportunities and projects Sporting Chance Foundation can collaborate on in supporting Indigenous Athletes as they in turn inspire their Communities. From connecting Foundation Athletes with quality Physiotherapy services to directing Sporting Chance Foundation engagement in health and medical opportunities for Indigenous youth across Australia, Andrew is excited to see what can be achieved together.

Jeremy Chen | Director

Jeremy is a Director and founder of Promotive Group - a branded merchandise and marketing agency. Promotive employs 20 people and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Manila. He is currently a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and holds a Bachelor of Information Technology. Jeremy has studied Business administration at London Business School and is completing a masters program at M.I.T in Boston.

Currently, Jeremy is on the board of a multinational food business and was previously a director of the Old Scotch Collegians Association. Combining 15 years of experience in digital and event marketing, Jeremy seeks to help build the Foundations profile and corporate partnerships. Being an avid cyclist and runner, Jeremy has experienced multiple knee injuries and is proud to be able to assist young aspiring athletes on their road to recovery.

Jayde Geia | Director

Jayde Geia is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman and a commercial lawyer. She currently works as a Senior Consultant at EY and works within the Risk Transformation Practice and also the Indigenous Sector Practice.

Jayde is committed to increasing the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in sport and professional positions and improving the range of life possibilities open to her people. Jayde is also the co-chair and board director of First Nations Foundation, member on the Smiths Family Advisory Group on Issues concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, member on the Queensland Law Society First Nations Advancement Committee and Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. Jayde has held previous positions as Legal Counsel, Judge’s Associate, Council Member on the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council and the inaugural chair of the AFL Queensland Diversity Board.

Rebecca Adams | Secretary

Rebecca works in the health care field and has a special passion for participation in sport and exercise.

If you wish to talk to Sporting Chance Foundation about your injury
- Rebecca will be your first point of contact (and is very friendly).

She can also assist with donations/partnerships, media enquiries and further information about the Foundation.