Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Overview

    • My Personal Objectives

    • Who are the Pacific

  • 2

    Coaching Pacific Athletes

    • How can I optimise my understanding of Pacific athletes?

  • 3

    Pacific Athlete Wellbeing and Education

    • What does current research say about Pacific athlete wellbeing and education?

  • 4

    Pacific and Māori Women in Sport

    • How do Pacific and Māori women shape and influence sport?

  • 5

    Executive, Leadership and Non-Playing Roles

    • How can I create pathways for Pacific people in executive, leadership and non-playing roles?

  • 6

    Post-Career Transitions in Sport

    • How can I support effective post-sporting career transitions for Pacific athletes?

  • 7

    Understanding Community, Culture & Sport

    • What impact does Pacific communities and culture have on sport?

  • 8

    Pacific Sporting History

    • How can appreciating Pacific sporting history build legacies today?

  • 9

    Sport Diplomacy and Sport for Development

    • How can I effectively navigate challenges in sport diplomacy and sport-for-development?

  • 10

    Spirituality and Pacific Sport

    • How much of an influence does spirituality have on Pacific sport?

  • 11

    Pacific Sport Business and Media

    • How can I leverage the expertise of Pacific people in sports business and media?

  • 12

    Bonus Content

    • Congratulations!

    • Pacific Sport Cultural Tip Sheet Resource



Wellbeing Science Institute

Steve Johnson (Founder & Managing Director)

David's PhD research on managing Pacific athletes in professional sport provides much-needed insights and strategies into diversity management and the importance of Pacific athlete wellbeing.

Teacher Training Association

Miles Campbell (Founder & CEO)

David has a proven history in creating and facilitating culturally responsive workshops and courses. His engagement strategies and resources are invaluable.Teacher Tr

Beyond Action

Frank Chidiac (General Manager & Executive Producer)

Talanoa Consultancy possesses deep expertise on Pacific Islanders in sport. David consistency produces professional and high quality work in a timely fashion.

National Rugby League

Steve Meredith (General Manager Community Programs)

David has pioneered initiatives that continue to unite and provide pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people to thrive in our game. When you combine his unique professional experiences and qualifications, he is well-placed to support organisations who are wanting to improve diversity engagement in sport.


David Lakisa (PhD)

Dr David Lakisa has worked across private and public sectors of sport and education for the past two decades. He is of Samoan (Polynesian) ancestry and possesses a unique blend of personal and professional experiences. His PhD and Masters research focussed on the intersections of Pacific culture, workplace diversity management (University of Technology Sydney Business School) and international sport management (Southern Cross University). David was the inaugural Pacific Islander Coaching and Development officer at New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), a former health and physical education teacher and sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education (2008 - 2016). He is currently a coordinator of religious education programs in regions across Australia and the Pacific.