ACCELERATE change in women’s sport to encourage participation and leadership is the main objective of a new advisory body set up by the NSW Government.
The Game Changers Ministerial Advisory Council was set up by Sports Minister Natalie Ward to provide strategic advice on how to accelerate the participation of women at all levels of sport, on and off the field.
“It’s fantastic to see the profile of women’s sport accelerating in recent years, but we know there is still much more we can do to encourage greater representation of women and invest in their future,” Ms Ward said.
“The new advisory board provides a tremendous opportunity to come up with innovative ideas and strategies to give our women and girls an even better journey in sport.
“Women have a vital role to play, whether they are leaders on the board, playing an important role in our clubs and organizations or being an inspiration on the pitch.
“As a passionate advocate for women and girls in sport, leveraging these opportunities is a top priority and I look forward to seeing how we can drive participation and accelerate change towards gender equality in sport. .”
Women’s Minister Bronnie Taylor said it was important for young girls to see their female role models excel on and off the pitch.
“We know the important role sport plays when it comes to our mental and physical well-being.
“It helps empower women and girls by building confidence, building friendships and giving us the skills to succeed off the pitch,” Ms Taylor said.
“It’s wonderful to see women’s sport continue to go from strength to strength, but there’s still work to be done.
“The new advisory board will ensure we strike the right balance and find new ways to level the playing field for women in sport.”
The Ministerial Game Changers Advisory Council will be chaired by Christine McLoughlin AM, President and Co-Founder of the Minerva Network and President of Destination NSW.
The other Council members are Stephanie Brantz, Chair of the Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council (DFAT), Director of Football NSW; Louise Sauvage OAM, Paralympian, NSWIS High Performance Coach;
Matthew Curll, Hall & Wilcox partner; Amy Duggan, Former Matilda, Football Federation Australia Director, Venues NSW Director; Phil Kearns AM, former captain of the Wallabies, executive director of the RWC 2027 bid – Rugby Australia; Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM, Former Australian Diamonds Netball Player, Principal Consultant – Marcia Ella Consulting; Dianne Everett, Managing Director, Brand and Social – Commonwealth Bank and; Monique Harris, Digital Sales and Marketing Advisor.
The Council is part of the NSW Government’s strategy for women in sport, Her Sport Her Way, which aims to increase women’s participation in sport, including in leadership roles, and to maximize investments in facilities.
The first meeting will take place in February 2022.