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About Us

Elevation Sports Agency established in 2012, strive for excellence in all facets of athlete management. We apply our principle of ‘elevating your game’ to all areas of our work, so while you're doing what you do best – we are working hard for you away from this.

ESA have a diverse client base representing athletes in AFL, Cricket and Olympic sports. Our honest, hardworking and attention to detail approach have earned us the respect of sporting bodies and athletes alike. As a result of our approach ESA have helped guide many athletes in reaching the pinnacle of their chosen sport by providing them with the skills, services and guidance required by world class athletes.



The Team

ESA head office is in Melbourne, however with staff Australia wide, our services are delivered nationally. Our blend of business professionals and professional athletes bring experience in all facets of life to our clients.





Michael is the director of ESA and has been in the sporting industry for a number of years. His passion for guiding and developing the careers of young athletes is clearly recognizable and his broad knowledge of Australian sport is huge. Well credentialed and accredited with the AFL, FIBA, RUPA & ACA, Michael is excellently placed to provide ESA clients with strategic guidance in all aspects of their careers.

MICHAEL OAKES
DIRECTOR
MELBOURNE




Zach is a passionate agent who spent five years at Cricket Victoria experiencing the pathway. A ACA Accredited Cricket Agent and an expert in player relations, Zach focuses on maintaining a positive relationship with players and assisting them in all areas of their life. Zach has a strong background in coaching and youth development, with a heavy community engagement focus. His networks throughout the Australian Cricket System provide our players with the best opportunity to succeed.

ZACH PEDDERSEN
SPORT AGENT
MELBOURNE




Marcel is an experienced executive with expertise in marketing, media and brand development. He has consulted widely to individuals, multinational sporting organisations and global services companies. Marcel has received numerous business awards including representing Australia at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Chicago, USA as the 2007 Australian Student Entrepreneur of the Year.  Marcel’s passion for competitive sport and business contributed to his success in the sporting industry. Marcel works tirelessly to establish and protect our Elevation Sports athletes brands and source and negotiate high level partnerships off the field.

MARCEL BERGER
MARKETING AND MEDIA




Christian’s specialises in athletic strength and power development, which has been built from years of theoretical knowledge coupled with real world practical application. This makes Christian a sort after Strength and Conditioning coach for athletes wanting to improve their athletic ability and decrease their chance of injury. Christian’s coaching ability is unique and is able to maximise and get the best out of all the athletes he coaches through attention to detail and hard work. Christian’s methods aim on getting the best transfer to the athletic environment while decreasing the athlete’s chance of injury. Christian has directly been involved with a dozen AFL draftees in the previous 4 years and continues to work with Elevation Sports athletes to be the best in their sport.

CHRISTIAN WOODFORD
SPORTS SCIENCE & HIGH PERFORMANCE ADVISOR




Julius, an associate director with Marin, brings experience in tax advisory and compliance for Elevation Sports athletes. Julius’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business & Commerce (Accounting) (Sports Management) Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and he has had years in previous experience advising clients ranging in size from SME to large corporates. Julius enjoys working with driven individuals such as athletes who he can help with the finance function of their lives allowing them to concentrate on their business’ growth. Julius guides young Elevation Sports athletes in all aspects of tax management.

JULIUS SCHOENFELD
SPECIALISED ATHLETE ACCOUNTANT




Matt is an experienced adviser to high net wealth individuals and families, senior executives and business owners. Matt, and advisor and partner with Koda Capital began his career working in a mid-tier accounting firm and more recently in a multi-family office advising a number of high net wealth family groups, individuals and family businesses. Matt’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (CA) and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (RG146). Matt will work with established Elevation Sports athletes and provide them when the time comes the platform to diversify and grow their portfolio off the field.

MATTHEW DONAT
FUNDS INVESTMENT & PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT




Brett has 15 years experience at all levels of coaching including the TAC Cup - Bendigo Pioneers and knows what it takes for a player to achieve being drafted. Brett assists young ESA aspiring draftees on a one-on-one basis covering areas such as skill development, mentoring and game analysis. Having had over a dozen players drafted under his tutelage, Brett is a great option to have in your draft year outside of your club.

BRETT HENDERSON
PLAYER MENTORING AND DEVELOPMENT

Services

Contract Services

Having worked on a global sporting landscape for 10+ years, ESA have the creativity and experience to negotiate the best contract suited to your career needs and goals. ESA laterally think our way through contracts to provide our athletes with maximum financial benefits and security.


Wealth Creation & Management

Understanding the investment market and challenges associated with setting up your life post sport is something ESA place a heavy emphasis on. We are partnered with leading financial and investment advisory firms who assist you with the education and support required to navigate the financial challenges associated with a professional sporting career.

In particular our services cover;

- Banking
- Property
- Tax
- Sharemarket
- Financial Planning

Media & Social Media Training

The globalization of sport and the media coverage that has grown with the game has resulted in today’s professionals being constantly under the microscope. 24 hour media coverage and a multitude of social media platforms have brought athletes and fans closer than ever before. ESA are able to offer our clients media and social media training, giving them the opportunity to understand how best to develop their personal brands and avoid the pitfalls.


Post Career Transition

Retirement can be extremely difficult to cope with if elite athletes are not adequately prepared and have not planned for such an event. This lack of preparation can leave athletes vulnerable to the challenges of retirement. ESA offer advice and guidance on post-career planning, allowing elite athletes tomake sense of the opportunities, barriers and needs for career development, planning and education to prepare athletes, young and old, for a life after sport.


Marketing

Sports Marketing, Sponsorships, Endorsements and Ambassadorial

Athletes are brands, with a broad group of stakeholders. Marketing your brand involves determining the most appropriate partners, sponsors and endorsement strategies. ESA has decades of experience in managing global brands and can provide expertise in the decisions relating to your brand development and management.

As your profile rises through your endeavours in the sporting arena, ESA work with you to shape and build your profile allowing you to forge alliances with leading brands and opening opportunities in many industries.

ESA has experience working with many of Australia’s top sporting and non sporting brands, so opening these doors is a simple process.

Athletes may choose to use their profiles in community or professional situations alike. ESA have guided many of our athletes in working with third parties to setup charity situations or commercial arrangements as ambassadors.

Clients

ESA represent a number of athletes from diverse sporting backgrounds. Many of these athletes are respected role models and embrace community endeavours as well as being available for media and endorsements.
If you wish to get in contact with any of our athletes please fill in our form here.

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Contact

Head office
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+61 474 117 791
Address
Level 1, 171 Moray St South Melbourne, Vic 3205
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