The South West Women in Sport Leadership program will provide leadership training to 25 women who are currently involved in sporting clubs, local government or the broader sport sector.
A further 29 women from across the state are set for exciting new pathways to senior sports roles thanks to the second round of the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game Scholarships.
Over 70 women have now benefited from this program and have been given access to professional development and training opportunities to build their leadership skills.
Scholarship recipient Chloe Jackson (Sports Central) caught up with the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation at the Advancing Women in Coaching Networking Lunch, to talk about her scholarship and the opportunities the program will deliver,
"The Scholarship will enable me to undertake Vicsport's LEAP program. Targeted at female administrators in the sporting industry, it will provide me with a unique professional development opportunity I would otherwise not have access to. I think it will make a massive difference in that I will be able to meet people and I will really be able to learn the in and outs of the sports industry."
Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell welcomed the announcement.
“What makes this program so unique is the flexibility it provides the sector. Women and girls working and volunteering are best placed to inform us on where the gaps are in their professional development.
“The ongoing development opportunities these scholarships will provide the additional 29 women along with their organisations will be invaluable and we look forward to seeing all of them take steps to become visible leaders within the Victorian sport and recreation industry.
“We are working with state sporting organisations to achieve a 40 per cent female board quota by July 2019, and building a leadership pipeline for women is a vital way to ensure they have the skills and experience they need to take on those roles.”
The recipients of the second round of Change Our Game Scholarships and their organisations are as follows:
Ice Sports Victoria
Mitchell Leisure Services
Equestrian Federation of Australia Victorian Branch
CHSA Sports Central
Boroondara City Council
Disabled Wintersports Australia
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
South West Academy of Sport
Life Saving Victoria
Sport North East
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Yarra City Council
Kirsten M Lange
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport
Baw Baw Shire Council