Our Team

Michael Nettlefold


Michael Nettlefold is a former St.Kilda and Fitzroy AFL player, and former St.Kilda CEO and director. Now a prominent Melbourne business entrepreneur, he brings a lifetime of football and business experience to the Vivid team.

Natalie Drake

Director / National Operations Manager

Nat Drake has worked in the sports management industry for almost 10 years and brings a different perspective to the Vivid team. She has a fantastic relationship with our athletes and provides a wonderful daily service. Nat has a degree in Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Elite Athlete Mentoring.

Peter Blucher

Director / National Athlete Manager

Peter Blucher has 35 years’ experience in the AFL as a sports journalist, club administrator and athlete manager. He was chief football writer at The Courier-Mail for 12 years, was Communications Manager at the Brisbane Bears/Lions through the club’s golden period, and had 10 years as National Athlete Manager at Velocity Sports before his role at Vivid Sport.

Tim Hazell

Athlete Manager

Tim Hazell is a former AFL player with Hawthorn who has established his own highly successful corporate fitness business. With a vast network in his home state of Tasmania and Victoria, he takes a keen interest in the on-field and off-field careers of the Vivid players. He’s been there and done it so he understands what it takes.

Tim Batty

Athlete Manager

Tim Batty has a vast knowledge of Australian talent. His enthusiasm and care for players is second to none and adds another dimension to his varied skill set. His communication with the younger members of the Vivid family is critical to the team.

Simon Black

Welfare Consultant

Simon Black is one of the all-time greats of the AFL. A triple premiership player, Brownlow Medallist and 300-game champion with the Brisbane Lions, he’s done it all. And all after he reluctantly left his family in Perth as a teenager, to play football on the opposite side of the country. He knows what it takes to tackle the challenging world of AFL football and is on hand to help young players and Vivid Sport help you through the exciting journey ahead.>

Daniel Merrett

Welfare Consultant

Daniel Merrett is 200-game veteran and former vice-captain of the Brisbane Lions who was one of the AFL’s premier fullbacks in his prime. Having retired at the end of the 2016 season, the former Gold Coaster is hugely respected in AFL circles. And, having been a late convert to AFL after playing rugby league, volleyball and touch volleyball in his youth, he is ideally placed to talk of the challenges confronting young AFL aspirants.

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