25 September 2023

Women’s sports leaders score grants

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The successful recipients in the 2019 Women Leaders in Sport program have been announced with more than 300 women from 43 sports to be supported.

Managed by Sport Australia in partnership with the Office for Women, the program is aimed at developings the leadership potential of female coaches, officials and administrators.

Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie said it was positive to see the rising recognition of female athletes and teams on Australia’s sporting landscape, and programs such as Women Leaders in Sport ensured females would continue to have opportunities to progress in non-playing roles.

“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,” Senator McKenzie said.

“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.”

She said the rich diversity of Australian sport was symbolised by the variety of sports involved in next year’s Women Leaders in Sport program, with sports from archery and athletics through to weightlifting and yachting represented.

Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer said women brought a different perspective that could have a positive impact on all industries, and sport was no exception.

“As a sport loving nation, we want Australia’s female athletes to be the best they can be,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

Total grants of almost $244,000 will be distributed to 60 individuals and 10 organisations.

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