About Us


We passionately believe that all Australians benefit when people participate in sport and the performing arts.


The Excel Foundation improves the well being of individuals and the community by supporting individuals to participate in sport or the performing arts. Participation in sport and the performing arts provides a wide variety of physical, social and mental benefits to the individual, whilst also bringing enormous benefit to the community. The Excel Foundation strongly believes that individuals should not be restricted from participation due to their financial circumstances.


Excel Foundation Limited ACN 629 844 962  ABN 99 629 844 962

Excel Foundation is a not for profit public company limited by guarantee.

The board comprises 4 directors, supported by 11 founding members and assisted by multiple sub committees.


Darryl Richards BAppSci HMS BEd LLM JD        Chairman

Darryl is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland.  His involvement in sport coaching, referring and administration spans more than 2 decades.  Darryl has sat on the boards of, and has held positions of president, secretary and treasurer, for numerous sporting clubs and associations. He has been chair and member for several sporting disciplinary tribunals.

James Bridge BInfo Tech LLB           Director

James is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.  He has held executive positions on association and not for profit boards.  James previously had positions requiring executive oversight of the organisations portfolio of sport and recreation facilities and staff as well as having had day to day responsibility for running numerous facilities.   James has spent many years actively volunteering and supporting  various sporting clubs and associations.

Simon Wright BEd         Director

Simon is a deputy principal and former head of physical education and HPE teacher.  His involvement in sport spans more than 2 decades across numerous sports.

Maddison Rejtano    Director

Maddi works in administration.  She has been involved in sports clubs and works with another charity.  Maddi is an elite footballer who is passionate about supporting women in sport.

Founding Members

The foundation has 11 founding members.  Founding memberships were issued at incorporation as recognition of the many years of commitment to predecessor organisations and similar causes as well as a mechanism for providing stability.   The founding members also provide an additional level of accountability to the organisation.


Anyone who supports our passion and mission may apply to be a member.  Members have voting rights and guarantee the liabilities of the company in an amount not exceeding $10 ($100 for founding members).  Email the secretary to apply.


Excel Foundation is  – pending – draft website registered as a charity by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission.

We are currently seeking Deductible Gift Recipient Status to allow donations to our public fund to be tax deductible.


Excel Foundation was established by a group of like minded individuals that have long shared our goals.  It incorporates some previous associations and many of those involved have personally given generously over the decades.

Primarily funds were previously raised by members constantly seeking out businesses willing to support young people to compete.  Although significant contributions have been made personally by members as well as unrelated individuals who identified someone or some group they identified as needing support.

In recent years the need has outgrown our ability to support.  The joining of our predecessor associations together, as well as drive to obtain secure sources of revenue and seek wider exposure lead us to where we are today.

Our predecessor organisations have provided more than $3 million dollars in support to athletes and performing artists in the approximately 2 decades since their founding.  Excel Foundation hopes to exceed this in the next decade.

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