Successful Candidates for the Change Our Game Women in Governance Program Announced

46 Victorian women have been selected to take part in an initiative to support their success in senior governance roles in the sport and recreation sector.

These women come from a broad range of sport and recreation fields, including professional sporting codes, Summer and Winter Olympic sports, local community clubs and the University sector.

The Change Our Game Women in Governance Program supports women working and volunteering in the sport and recreation sector gain the knowledge, skills and support to excel in board positions at a regional, state and national level. This includes a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship including governance, strategy, risk and finance.

The program is an example of the backing being provided to support the Balance The Board policy, which has required a minimum of 40% women on funded sport and active recreation boards since 2019.

The Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Sarah Styles, said, “One of the most damaging stereotypes about women in sport, is that there are none.

“I’d like to congratulate the successful candidates - it is exciting to see these women honing their skills to grow their impact in the Victorian sport and active recreation sector, and in doing so, inspire other women and girls to do the same.”

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to deliver the three-day program.

The Change Our Game Women in Governance Program follows a successful pilot program last year, which saw 25 women graduate. One of those was Fiona Bennett who sits on the Board of Barwon Sports Academy.

Based in Geelong and working as Project Coordinator at Leisure Networks at the time, Fiona had participated in previous Change Our Game programs when she saw the call for applications for the Governance Program in mid2020. Being new to the Barwon Sports Academy role, Fiona felt this program would assist in her transition from local club committee roles to her Board role and help instil good governance processes to aid her and the Board in navigating the challenging covid landscape.

Bennett said, “The course was very intense but as a result I now look at financial papers and can understand what they are telling me about the organisation. I feel more prepared and more confident in my role as a Board member.”

The successful candidates are listed in the table below:




Ella Angarane

Bass Coast Breakers

Molina Asthana

Gymnastics Victoria

Holly Bailey

Holly Bailey & Co Pty Ltd

Bridget Barker

Victorian Government

Cally Bauman

Special Olympics Melbourne Inner East

Tracey Browning

Basketball Victoria

Jan Calaby

Pony Club Victoria

Jen Camilleri

Netball Victoria

Megan Carr

Golf Australia

Jessie Chester

Western Region Football League

Alexandra Christou

Victorian Weightlifting Association

Penelope Cleghorn

Cricket Victoria

Juliet Cooper

Port Phillip SS / St Kilda Cycling Club

Mardi Cuthbert

Triathlon Victoria

Janelle Falkingham

Aquatic Recreation Victoria

Maree Fellows

Pony Club Victoria

Shae Ganac

Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

Judy Gao

Major Road Projects Victoria

Laura Giblett

Y Safeguarding (Y Australia)

Jodee Gregory

Keilor Basketball Association

Rebecca Herft

Gridiron Victoria

Kylie Hitchiner

National Basketball League

Emma Hocking

Geelong Swimming Club

Ros Holding

Manningham LGA

Melanie Jones

Cricket Australia

Pam Kappelides

La Trobe University

Lisa Lagergren

Fencing Victoria

Kate Lewis

Victorian Weightlifting Association

Amy McCann

Baseball Victoria

Dee Angelina Micevski

Women’s Health Grampians

Alisha Min

Motorsport Australian (Victorian State Council Executive)

Alexia Morgan

Aquatics and Recreation Victoria

Robyn Mortimer

Archery Victoria

Olivia Na

Badminton Victoria Inc.

Vicki Norris

Field and Game Australia

Larissa Payne

Darebin Women’s Sports Club

Madeline Penny


Chantella Perera


Aish Ravi

Monash University

Sarah Kate Robertson

Western Region Football League

Bree Sharp

Tennis Victoria

Bree Vallance

Football Victoria

Pauline Van

Allen and Clarke Consulting

Gayann Walker

Victorian Bar

Natalie Wood

Western Bulldogs / Department of Education

Samantha Zanotto

Karting Australia


Wednesday 2 March, 2022

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