Leadership Centre

Women continue to be under-represented in visible leadership roles throughout the sport and recreation sector. This leadership space is designed to showcase various initiatives, programs, resources and provide support to help bridge this gap.

Explore the search and filter function below to find information about gender equality strategies, successful and innovative programs driving inclusion in Victoria or simply gain inspiration from some of our role models leading the way in the sector.

This is a space to collaborate and share insights as we know the only way to level the playing field is through working together. If you have any additional resources or information you think would be a great addition to this space please contact us.

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Balance the Board

The mandatory 40% women on boards quota is coming into effect on 1 July 2019. We are here to help.

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Rebecca Lane speaking

Spotlight on our Scholorship recipients: Rebecca L...

Rebecca Lane wanted to become a better leader, but didn't want to sit in a lecture theatre with hundred of other people.

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Change Our Game Scholarships Announced

A total of 23 women across the state have been awarded a scholarship in the latest round of the Victorian Government's Change Our Game Scholarship program.The popular initiative is designed to sup

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Breaking Barriers for Women's Cycling

In 2020 the Deakin Women’s Race will open the 2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar – a fillip for Australian cycling, sport and the region. Plus, the event will award equal prize money to both elite men’s and women’s races. 

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Taking Charge

Ice hockey is not the first sport that springs to mind when you think of Australia’s sporting culture, but a game built for speed, strength and control, and played all over the world in the

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Victorian Lucy Clark aiming for record run across ...

Trail runner Lucy Clark is aiming for record run across New Zealand, running 3,054km in under 70 days.

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Anna Lynch standing at the pool table

Billiards champ takes on men

This week, Melburnians can see a woman compete against men in the world championships of one of very few sports where the genders play on a level playing field - literally. It's billiards.Written

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Community Clubs Offered a Boost to Level the Playi...

Applications are now open for the first round of the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program.The popular program supports the delivery of sector in

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Transcending Sport

WiSP Sports interview with Dr Bridie O’Donnell

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Fair Play aGender

Since women’s professional leagues were created, they have suffered from the curse of comparison.

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Change Our Game Local Government Forum

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation partnered with Moreland City Council to deliver the Change Our Game LGA Forum at the Brunswick Town Hall on Wednesday.

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On target to change the game

A year ago, Target Rifle Victoria changed their board composition via their constitution to mandate a minimum of two female ...

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Diving into a new era

Diving Victoria knew they had an issue.

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Victorian Sport and Recreation is On Board

The Victorian government is continuing to lead the charge when it comes to gender equality in sport and recreation and our peak sport bodies have demonstrated their commitment to driving positive change.

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Olympians to drive BA's strategy

Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of former Opal and WNBA powerhouse Lauren Jackson AO as the new Head of Women in Basketball and Olympian

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Peggy O'Neal smiling at camera

Change Our Game pioneer receives honour

Peggy O'Neal recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List for her distinguished service to women in leadership, Australian...

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Community Role Models

Breaking the Ice

Community Role Models: Mark Weber, Director - Ice Sports VictoriaDuring summer, as Melbourne sweats through a heat wave, a group of tough and lightning quick women escape to a frozen world to enjo

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Optus Sport names Tal Karp  in Women's World Cup t...

Change Our Game Ambassador and former Matilda, Tal Karp will front an expert team as part of the Optus Sport FIFA Women's World Cup broadcast team.Optus Sport announced this week that Karp wi

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Women in Sport Recruitment and Retention Guideline...

The Change Our Game Recruitment and Retention Guidelines for Women in Sport and Recreation have been developed to assist community sport and recreation organisations increase the number

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Women hit the water in new program

A Melbourne yacht club is breaking down the barriers of female participation in sailing through a revolutionary program ...

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Christy Collier appointed GM of Deakin Melbourne B...

The Deakin Melbourne Boomers are excited to announce that Christy Collier will join the club as the new General Manager.

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Bowls Australia welcomes Kate Hutchison to Board

Release via Bowls Australia.Bowls Australia (BA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Hutchison as an Appointed non-Executive Director on the BA Board.Hutchison joins the organisati

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Champions set to change our game

The second intake of Change Our Game Champions have been unveiled and a diverse group of male sports leaders gathered in Melbourne to discuss how they can be champions of change within their organ

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Women in Sport Communication and Marketing Strateg...

The Change Our Game Women in Sport and Recreation Communication and Marketing Guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC

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'Time’s up. It’s our turn'

Head Coach of Notre Dame's women's basketball program calls for gender equality.

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Insights from women who work in active recreation

As a board member at Yoga Australia, Robyn Lewis's entry into the discipline started during her first pregnancy.“In developing my birth plan, I wanted a calm and natural birth, so I sought o

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Massive upgrade of State Netball and Hockey Centre...

The State Government’s massive upgrade of the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Parkville has begun.Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula and M

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IWD Lunch Presentations

On March 8, 2019 more than 500 guests gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Change Our Game Networking lunch. The theme of the third and largest Change Our Game event was wo

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"Enough is enough"

Scorce FOX SPORTSChange Our Game ambassador and Collingwood AFLW player Sharni Layton has slammed comments made by trolls over a photograph of Tayla Harris’ kicking action.The outpourin

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Insights from women who work in sport

Following the completion of what is widely regarded as one of the best women’s national basketball league seasons in its history, WNBL boss Sally Phillips is entitled to feel that the WNBL h

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Change Our Game IWD Lunch

More than 500 guests gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme of the third Change Our Game Lunch focussing on women in sport and the media.The event featured a keynote

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Jerril Rechter to lead Basketball Australia

Via Basketball Australia Basketball Australia has announced the appointment of Jerril Rechter as Chief Executive Officer.With an executive-level career spanning over 20 years, Jerril is known as a

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Leigh Russell standing on the pool deck

Insights from women who work in sport

Image via Swimming AustraliaInsights from women who work in sport Leigh Russell Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell is at the forefront of females work

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Leaders recognised for their off court contributio...

The Victorian Sport Awards is the night of nights for the Victorian sporting community; celebrating participants, coaches, organisers and the volunteers behind the scenes from all levels of sport

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Chyloe Kurdas, 9 year old MyGolf player and Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Even Par tees off at the Victorian Open

Even Par, a program to generate gender equality in Victorian golf clubs, was launched at the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Barw...

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Speakers announced ahead of IWD19 lunch

An all-star line-up of speakers has been announced for the Change Our Game International Women's Day lunch on 8 March 2019, to explore the theme Women in Sport and the Media.Director of the Office

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Ambassadors receive Australia Day honours

Leading sports administrator and Olympian, Kitty Chiller has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for her significant service to sport.Kitty has been honour

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Shooting above average

Community Role Model: Megan CondronFrom the brink of collapse to an overflow of junior girls’ basketball players. How a regional Victorian area turned the tide on participation through femal

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Making her mark

Geelong Cats' general manager of community Sarah Albon's passion for her club shines through.

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Jasmine Richwol

Scholarship recipient leading the charge for women...

Jasmine Richwol is part of a new generation changing the face of sports leadership, with a little help from Melbourne Business School.Jasmine is the communications and marketing manager at Vicspor

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Inner west cricket club smashing gender equality f...

Driving positive cultural change at the local level can be a challenging process and for the Druids Cricket Club in West Footscray, the journey to level the playing field has involved a high

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Change Our Game Girls in Sport Summit

On 13 October 2018, in the week of the International Day of the Girl, the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR) hosted a first-of-its-kind deliberation, bringing together 82 girls aged b

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WBBL opening weekend a smash hit

For years Mel Jones had been training, competing and scoring runs for both the Victorian Spirit and Southern Stars at the Junction Oval without any trouble finding a carpark.But that wasn’t

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The Game Changer's Working in the Victorian Sport ...

While it comes as no surprise that women are under-represented in leadership roles in the sport and recreation sector, there are many shining examples of hardworking and motivated females across t

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Triathlon Australia appoint first female President

Michelle Cooper was elected as the new President of Triathlon Australia at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 10 November 2018, the first female to be appointed since the governing body formed in 1986.

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Investigating elite sports environments enabling c...

Women from cultural minority groups in elite sporting environments can experience challenges beyond those faced as a result of their gender. Walking in two worlds between collectivist and/or

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Women in Coaching

We know women are underrepresented in leadership roles across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector, particularly coaches, but also umpires, referees, administrators, exec

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Stephanie Spence winning a race

Victorian Athletic League names first female Presi...

After 123 years of male leadership, the Victorian Athletic League has appointed Stephanie Spence as their first female President, a move which has received an overwhelmingly positive response.The

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Australian Girls Dare to be Different

Motor sport has traditionally been a male dominated domain but the tide is turning thanks to a new generation of motoring enthusiasts.Women still make up a minority in current motorsports demograp

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The Ticket - Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Reflections: life, sport and everything in between.A one hour podcast featuring Tracey Holmes and Dr Bridie O'Donnell that cycles through Italy, the USA, doping scandals, issues, challenges and sp

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2018 Girls in Sport Summit

Imagine Victoria in 10 years’ time as the best place in the world for girls to play sport. What does it look like?It’s an interesting thought, and one that was posed to over 100 girls

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Community Grants Announced

A total of 23 community sporting organisations across the state are set to benefit from the second round of the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game Community Activation Grants.Change Our

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International Day of the Girl

In 2012, the United Nations declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl. A global day of recognition, to celebrate the achievements and potential of girls.The purpose of the day of celebr

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Advancing Women in Coaching

The lunch provided the perfect chance for administrators from elite through to grassroots sports to network, share knowledge and discuss improving coaching and leadership opportunities for women w

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Game changing scholarships for 29 Victorian women ...

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 7

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Community Role Model: Michelle Redfern

Seagulls ready to fly: Williamstown Football Club adds a new chapter with women’s teamCommunity Role Model: Michelle Redfern - Board Director at Williamstown Football ClubWith less

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Alyssa Healy

One size doesn’t fit all

The market is changing and the way we market our products has to be just as relevant to males as females.

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Little Athletics Victoria - Achieving Gender Balan...

Little Athletics Victoria CEO outlined his organisations intentions of meeting the mandatory incoming board Quotas by Ju...

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Gender Balance at Every Forum

Chief Executive Women, the Male Champions of Change and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia share a common goal – a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of wom

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Breaking the Ice

For the growing ice hockey community here in Victoria, developing opportunities to support the expansion of the women’s game at a domestic level has been a priority both on and off the ice.T

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She Can Coach - AFL Vic

Last night AFL Victoria launched their She Can Coach program.This new initiative, supported through the Victorian Government's Change Our Game Workforce Development program, is designed to invest

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Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active R...

The independent Inquiry sheds light on gender inequality in Victorian sport and recreation.The report, released by the Victorian Government in December 2015, outlined a way forward, helping change

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AusPlay Focus Women and Girls

This publication delves into the participation of Australian women and girls in sport and physical activity, and the difference between male and female patterns of behaviour.It uses AusPlay data c

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Active Women and Girls Strategy

The City of Ballarat's 2018 Active Women and Girls’ Strategy aims to provide a tailored response to priority issues identified within the municipality that may be constraining women and girl

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Female friendly infrastructure

The Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines provide information and advice on how to deliver more gender equitable environments.The information assists community sport and recreation clubs

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Community Role Models

Driving Women's Golf Forward

Photography credit - John Russell, Golf Victoria magazineCommunity Role Models: Megan Carr, Golf VictoriaFor the best part of the last century, the way golf has been structured and played has larg

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NMFC Gender Equality Action Plan

North Melbourne Football Club's Gender Equality Action Plan will lead the way in gender equality with sustained and measurable actions.North Melbourne's vision is to be the ‘Club of Choice&r

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Champions Stand Together

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation was created by the Victorian Government in response to the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation.It is the first Office of its kind in A

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This Girl Can - Victoria

This Girl Can – Victoria is here to celebrate and support Victorian women (yep, you!) embracing physical activity in a way that suits you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, what matters

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Transition to Board Quotas

By 1 July 2019 all sport and active recreation organisations funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Victorian Government will be expected to comply with the mandatory 40% women on boards

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Pictured L-R Shelley Nowlan, Shannon Palmer, Dr. Bridie O'Donnell, Ella Squires, Colette Ritchie

Game Changers En Route to Leadership Summit

Pictured L-R Shelley Nowlan, Shannon Palmer, Dr. Bridie O'Donnell, Ella Squires, Colette Ritchie.Personal development opportunities in team environments in the sports sector don’t come aroun

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Count Us In

Count Us In

Count Us In - Developing physical activity programs for women was developed as part of the Count Us In! project conducted by Victoria University to identify the key success factors in effective pa

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Sporting Clubs Taking Action

Communities of Respect and Equality - Sporting Clubs Taking Action highlights five action areas for sporting clubs to consider when preventing violence against women and promoting gender

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Safe and Strong

Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy, sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time.The Victorian Government aim to progressively build the attitudinal and

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Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport > Comp...

This guideline is aimed at sporting clubs, organisations and staff and focuses on discrimination on the basis of gender identity in sport.Developed and published by the Victorian Equal Opportunity

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Role model - Peggy O'Neal

Role model - Peggy O'Neal

At the forefront of changing the game has been Peggy O’Neal, a board member of the Richmond Football Club since 2005 and President since 2013 . In 2017 Peggy wrote the history books, becomin

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How the Game has Changed

A lot can happen in sport over twelve months and this has certainly been the case when we look back on the Change Our Game Champions program, now 12months old, and inaugural year of the Office for

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Role model - Dr Clare Hanlon

We are incredibly lucky to have so many inspiring women leading the way to level the playing field for women and girls and sport and recreation in Victoria. Dr Clare Hanlon is just one of them.Cla

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Women break through

Women like Kim Ivett are leading a resurgence in interest in billiards and snooker in Victoria.In a sport often identified with gentlemen and cigars, women are now playing a leading role.Kim Ivett

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Brighton Declaration

This Declaration is addressed to all those governments, public authorities, organisations, businesses, educational and research establishments, women's organisations and individuals who are respon

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Equality on Cue with Pool Victoria

The Victorian Government is getting on with ensuring sports organisations like Pool Victoria and their staff can continue to get the most out of the sports they love.The term ‘wearing many h

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