This year Tailrace Community got to cheer on our Launceston football club athletes by caring for them completely.

It has been a real privilege to support our local athletes by caring for their mind, body and soul.

Our two Sport Chaplains:  Jono O’Neill and Caleb Smith began to support athletes at the beginning of season.

Life isn’t always easy when the athletic life is all about performance.

The complete athlete performs at their peak.  To make this happen there needs to be another level of investment that cares for how they might win at life.

No athlete is going to be at their best if they’re not winning at life.

Our Impact for 2019

This year the boys gave 2 evenings a week to simply be present, to establish the chaplaincy presence.

As a result of this presence we saw 16 significant contact moments with individuals.

We were also able to empower 2 members to find better employment options.  This involved conversations around employment; help with job applications and in one instance it meant offering some work through Tailrace Events.


Sport Chaplaincy offers so many wonderful things:

Pastoral Care:  Both Jono and Caleb are able to provide industry-leading support to athletes of all levels and ages. They are private, caring professionals showing grace and mercy.

A trusted person athletes and families can turn to:  They are accredited having gone through an accreditation process and choosing to abide by a professional Code of Conduct.

Specialised Skills:  Sports chaplains receive specialised training. Pastoral carers, not counsellors, they give the club a higher level of investment.

Help at hand:  The club will have someone always ready when there’s a private need or major incident that needs a helping hand and caring voice.

Help to improve your club’s health:  Your chaplain will be committed to ensuring that the club is a stable, caring community, founded on a healthy model of respect and care.

A listening ear:  The club chaplain will provide members a safe space – by listening to athletes and club members when they’re going through tough times, without judgement.

We look forward to 2020.

Financial Support

In collaboration with Tailrace Business Partners and Tailrace Community Church this service was able to be donated to the Launceston Football Club.

If you would like to donate to this service you are most welcome to make a donation.

Become a Part of the Sport Chaplaincy Team

If you have a love of sport and would love to be part of the Sport Chaplaincy Team then please let us know.

Fill out our contact form or email us at [email protected]