Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport program will benefit 489 women across 34 sports

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Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport program will benefit 489 women across 34 sports

489 women in 34 sports will be supported to further their careers through Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program – an initiative that has helped to strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

Federal Women’s Minister Marise Payne notes that “we are delighted to support a program that empowers women in sport and helps organizations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.”

Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said the program provides valuable leadership development opportunities for women on and off the pitch and advises “through the WLIS program we are supporting the next generation of female sports leaders.

“By helping female leaders, coaches and match officials develop their careers and creating more leadership paths for women, we are taking important steps towards achieving gender equity in sport.”

Sport Australia acting chief executive Rob Dalton said the scheme, which began in 2002, continues to attract strong interest from the industry.

“This fiscal year saw a record number of people applying for funding, which is a testament to the program’s reputation and success in developing women leaders in sport.”

“So far, more than 26,000 women and more than 800 local, state and national sports organizations have benefited from this program and we look forward to supporting even more women in the future as we strive to achieve a better balance between men and women in leadership positions in sport.”

WLIS is provided by Sport Australia with support from the Office for Women with individuals and organizations sharing over $526,000 in grants this financial year.

70 women will share $296,000 in funding for professional development opportunities.

Among them is Cheryl Kostich from Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDAA) who will use her grant to undertake a degree in human resource management at Swinburne University.

Kostich enthused: “I’m excited about the opportunity to learn new skills and adapt them to my role. This course will help me gain a better understanding of human resource management which I can use to provide qualified advice and support to RDAA staff and the wider Riding for the Disabled community.

Nonprofit Siren Sport co-founder Kirby Fenwick will use her grant to study content design and added, “It’s been wonderful to get this kind of support to improve my skills and expand my knowledge of really convenient way. The skills and knowledge I will gain from this course will not only help me develop my own work in sports media, but also equip me with tools and tips that I can share with colleagues and interns. »

13 sports organizations will also share $230,000 in funding to deliver leadership programs in their workplaces.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) will establish a leadership and development program to support women in volunteer leadership positions.

“This program will allow us to develop the individual professional skills of participants to ensure diversity in SLST leadership at all levels,” said SLST Director Joanne Stolp.

“Our goal is to create a legacy of participants ready to mentor, coach and support our future leaders.”

Paddle Australia will use its funding to create an inclusive culture and support more women in their organization.

“We will work with our high performance staff and selected athletes to develop their leadership skills, including how to communicate, negotiate and manage conflict – whether in the high performance or executive environment or as as a national coach,” said Matt, National Director of Athlete Wellness and Engagement. Murphy said.

A full list of 2022 recipients can be found on the Women in Sport Leaders website.

Image: Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Grand Prix credit visit Penrith

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