Scholarship success for Victorian leaders
Forty nine scholarships totalling more than $250,000 have been awarded to individuals and organisations across the state through the Change Our Game Scholarship Grants Program to support women in taking the next step up to leadership positions in the sport and recreation sector.
The program is open to recognised state sport and recreation bodies, local government authorities and regional sports assemblies, as well as individual women linked to these organisations.
The successful applications come from a wide range of sporting and active recreation codes, including swimming, badminton, football and table tennis.
Among the recipients is Ella Squires, State Manager of Touch Football Victoria who will use the scholarship to undertake the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme, whilst Cricket Victoria’s Community Digital Change Lead Priscilla Duncan will direct her scholarship towards Melbourne Business School’s Managing and Leading Change Course.
A number of organisations have also been awarded scholarships to run courses for emerging leaders within their community. Brimbank City Council will deliver a Women Leaders In Sport and Recreation Facilities program, and Australian Sailing will run their highly successful She Sails Leadership Program for Victorian women volunteers, committee members and coaches.
Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Director Sarah Styles said, “Congratulations to the recipients of the Change Our Game Scholarships announced today. The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation received so many incredible applications from across the sport and active recreation sector, and it was both a privilege and a challenge to arrive at the 49 individuals and organisations who have received this good news today.”
The scholarship program is structured to ensure leadership opportunities are extended to volunteers in community sport right through to senior executives at state sporting associations.
Since the scholarship program was introduced in 2018, more than $1.4 million has been invested through 263 grants to support Victorian women to access a range of professional development opportunities and training courses.
Previous scholarship recipient and Golf Australia Digital and Communications Coordinator, Kirsty Wrice said, “The Change Our Game scholarship grant enabled me to undertake an in-depth four month leadership course looking at topics like leading in change, successful teams and emotional intelligence. My renewed sense of confidence and drive has transcended to both my professional and personal life, and further aided my aspirations to become an emerging leader within the sports industry.”
Congratulations are extended to the following scholarship recipients:
|Joanne Ritson||ACHPER Victoria|
|Rebecca Herft||AFL Victoria|
|Eliza Straford||AFL Victoria|
|Marinella Salafia||Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS Sport)|
|Olivia Newman||Australian Sailing|
|Ruby Bourke||Bicycle Network|
|Sarah Cunningham||Bicycle Network|
|Rachel Weatherly||Boisdale-Briagolong Football Netball Club|
|Francesca Hocking||Bowls Victoria Inc|
|Imogen Coles||Cricket Australia|
|Laura Piekarski||Cricket Australia|
|Priscilla Duncan||Cricket Victoria|
|Emily O'Brien||Cricket Victoria|
|Kristen Penny||Cricket Victoria|
|Emily McLennan||Golf Australia|
|Gen Simmons||Gymnastics Victoria|
|Stacey Morlang||Lacrosse Victoria|
|Jessica Symonds||Lacrosse Victoria|
|Michelle Ling||Life Saving Victoria|
|Megan Drysdale||Middle Park Football Club|
|Nicole Lam||Middle Park Football Club|
|Nicole Nicholls||Modern Pentathlon Victoria|
|Stella Cugley||Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club|
|Marta Hintsa||Reclink Australia|
|Kirsty Fergie||Richmond Rowing Club|
|Geraldine Goss||Richmond Rowing Club|
|Shay Cosgrave||South Belgrave Junior Football Club (volunteer) and Flinders Christian Community College|
|Ashleigh Glennon||South West Sport|
|Helen McArthur||South West Sport|
|Deborah Bruce||Table Tennis Victoria|
|Meredith Kelly||Table Tennis Victoria|
|Jade Ellams||Tennis Victoria|
|Ella Squires||Touch Football Victoria|
|Melanie Armsby||Triathlon Victoria|
|Simar Dhaliwal||Ultimate Victoria Inc|
|Stephanie Eshak||Victorian Tennis Association|
|Tiffany Iannazzo||West Coburg Redbacks Softball Club|
|Shenae Keleher||WestVic Academy of Sport|
|Katina Soulis||Wyndham City Council|
|Badminton Victoria Inc.|
|Brimbank City Council|
|Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas Region)|
|Squash & Racquetball Victoria|
Thursday 9 December, 2021