Diversity in sport

Sport Australia is looking for a new generation of female sporting stars.

The Women Leaders in Sport program is leading the way for aspiring sportswomen by committing to the development of leadership potential for women in sport.

Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer is encouraging more women to apply for the program’s leadership workshops and development grants.

Despite a surge in female sport in recent years, Ms Palmer said the industry still needed to work hard to address the underrepresentation of females in sporting roles like administrators, coaches and officials.  

“Diversity in the industry is essential and sport is the same,” she said.

“We know this program is making a positive difference to the women who participate, with more than 95% of last year’s recipients saying it helped increase opportunities for them to move into senior leadership roles in the sports industry.” 

Established in 2002, the program has supported more than 24,000 women – Olympic rowing gold medallist Kim Brennan and former Australian cricketer Alex Blackwell are among the female sport stars who have benefitted from the program.

Applications for Development Grants and Leadership Workshops are now open and will close on 5 September 2018. Both grants and workshops are open to individuals and organisations with individual grants of $3000 and organisation grants of $20,000 available.