Shaping the future of women in sport

Release Date: 
8 March 2020
Media release

Joint media release
Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

It has been an incredible 12 months for women in sport. Ash Barty’s French Open singles triumph was the first by an Australian woman in 46 years. Hannah Green took out the Women’s PGA Golf Championship, and Australia’s unstoppable female cricketers won The Ashes.

All Australians can be proud of our female athletes achieving amazing success in these and other sports, at the highest levels.

These high-profile achievements must be matched by opportunities for women to become industry leaders, because gender equality in sport encourages equality in the broader community. It creates role models for young boys as well as girls, and advances women’s equality and empowerment.

That is why the Morrison Government is investing $254,000 in the 2020 Women Leaders in Sport program, which will benefit more than 280 women across 39 sports.

The professional development program is part of the Government’s commitment to increasing the number of women in sports leadership positions. It will help female coaches, officials, administrators, team captains and mentors to shape the future of Australian sport from grassroots to elite level.

The pool of talented participants in the 2020 Women Leaders in Sport program include experienced administrators like Paralympics Australia chief financial officer Lori Dotti, Australian weightlifter Kaitlyn Fassina and Geelong Cats AFLW team captain Melissa Hickey.

The Women Leaders in Sport program, a partnership between Sport Australia and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women, has provided professional development to more than 24,000 women since its inception in 2002.

Today we also welcome the release of the Australian Women in Sport Advisory Group’s No boundaries for women and girls in physical activity roadmap. This world-first, practical strategy outlines goals for gender equality in sport and highlights the roles that the sports sector, governments, businesses, media and fans alike can play in achieving further progress.

A full list of recipients is available on the Women Leaders in Sport website.