Sparks of Beauty in Sport



Join us for the third Sparks of Beauty session this year, entitled "In the Zone". This time we'll look at the role of sport and its ability to build community, celebrate the human spirit and impart worth—and not just the monetary kind. Featuring top athletes from Melbourne's 'other' religion: Footy!

In his message at the annual meeting of Pontifical Academies, Pope Francis spoke of ‘sparks of beauty and love’ as necessary to heal and mend humanity. In dialogue with speakers from a variety of fields – art, science, music, literature, sport – the Sparks of Beauty series seeks to encourage a new imagining to Catholic spirituality in 21st century Australia. Previous Sparks of Beauty events >


Monday 3 September 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Refreshments served from 6.30pm
Deakin Edge Auditorium, Federation Square  

Guest speakers

Mervyn Keane
Three-time Premiership Player and Team of the Century for the Richmond “Tigers” Football Club, Mervyn is recognised as one of the game’s greats. Following his playing career, he moved into coaching and recruitment, most recently for the Essendon Football Club. Mervyn’s passion is mentoring players from all walks of life, supporting their holistic development on and off the field.
Emma Kearney
In only her second season for the AFLW, Emma has won back-to-back Best & Fairest Awards, twice been named in the All Australian Team and was a key member of the 2018 Western Bulldogs’ Premiership Team. She also won the AFLW Best & Fairest in 2018. Emma recently joined the North Melbourne Football Club who will debut in the AFLW 2019 season. As well as playing footy, Emma works full-time and plays cricket for the Victorian Spirit and Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash. Ms Emma Kearney appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.


Book online by Monday 28 August at

Pricing (ticket includes finger food + drinks):
  • $30 per adult
  • $15 under 18s 
  • $100 for a group of five

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