New National Selection Committee


With the establishment of a new high performance structure and strategic direction, it’s essential that the JFA has a fit for purpose, transparent and effective mechanism for national selections.

Accordingly, the JFA are now implementing a new model and structure for national team selections and athlete categorisation to best suit our current environment.

Effective immediately, the new five member National Selection Committee (NSC) will be structured as follows:



JFA Technical Director

Maria Pekli

AIS Combat Centre Representative

Andrew Pratley

Senior National Coaching Group Representative

Gavin Kelly

Junior National Coaching Group Representative

Kylie Koenig

Cadet National Coaching Group Representative

Ben Donegan

This new committee makeup will allow decisions to be made in an informed manner with the committee members having detailed knowledge of the current athlete group across each age group. The committee also contains an excellent mix of background, experience, gender and geographical location.

Gavin Kelly (QLD Based) is a former Olympic Coach, with extensive experience as an athlete, state and national coach, stretching over 35 years.

Kylie Koenig (NSW Based) is a successful former athlete who has transferred her skills effectively to now running her own club. Kylie was a coach at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where the Australian Team won four medals.

Ben Donegan (VIC Based) is a former World Championships athlete with considerable coaching experience at club, state and national levels. Ben was Head Coach for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, where the Australian Team won four medals.

This committee provides a sustainable, transparent, effective and fair framework for selection processes which will ensure confidence from our athletes, coaches and the community.

The first selection for this new committee will be for the 2018 Oceania Championships event to be held in Noumea from April 7-8.

Any questions regarding this committee should be directed to the Technical Director via