The Women Leaders in Sport program, a partnership between Sport Australia and the Office for Women, established in 2002, continues to develop the leadership potential of female coaches, officials and administrators.

Minister for sport Bridget McKenzie said it was positive to see the rising recognition of female athletes and teams on Australia’s sporting landscape. “The rising profile of female athletes, teams and leagues is vital for promoting sporting role models who help to inspire and motivate young girls to be active,” Minister McKenzie said. “It has been an amazing week for our female athletes with the Southern Stars winning the T20 Cricket World Cup; surfer Stephanie Gilmore becoming world champion for an incredible seventh time and whitewater canoeing champion Jessica Fox named as NSW Sports Athlete of the Year. These examples, supported by the Women Leaders in Sport program, will help women aspire and progress to leadership positions in the sporting industry whether that’s as a coach, official or administrator.”

Minister McKenzie continued: “The successful recipients include experienced administrators like head of the Women’s National Basketball League Sally Phillips through to athletes like Australian cyclist Rachel Neylan looking at potential beyond competition. The rich diversity of Australian sport is symbolised by the variety of sports involved in next year’s Women Leaders in Sport program, so many sports from Archery and Athletics through to Weightlifting and Yachting. The national reach of this program is also represented by grants to sporting organisations across the country, including bodies such as Gymnastics NSW, Life Saving Victoria, Queensland Cricket Association, Netball SA and Basketball WA.

The Minister for women Kelly O’Dwyer said the Coalition Government would continue to work towards improving gender diversity across all industries, including sport. “We know that the different perspectives women bring can have a positive impact on all industries and sport is no exception,” Minister O’Dwyer said. “As a sport-loving nation, we want Australia’s female athletes to be the best they can be.”

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