On Thursday May 30th 2013 Womensport and Recreation NSW held a showcase presenting recent developments in its work to increase the participation of women and girls in sport in NSW.
The showcase focussed on Womensport and Recreation’s three main projects which are all aligned with the mission of promoting access, participation and equity for women and girls through sport and recreation.
The showcase featured the success of recent Girls Get Active Events documenting both regional and metropolitan based events. An elite athlete panel accompanied the presentation including WRNSW Ambassadors Naazmi Johnston (Gymnastics), Jayme Paris (Olympic Paralympian), Eunice Grimes (All Stars NRL) and Jessica Gardiner (Moto GP). Other athletes represented included Danielle Brogan (Football), Libby Saddler (AFL), and Paige Hadley (Netball).
The Minister of Sport, Mr Graham Annesley was present as well as representatives from State Sporting Organisations, Sponsors and Local Government representatives.
Elka Whalan, MC’d the morning and engaged the audience by discussing issues and barriers in the athletetes’ sports.
Dagmar Schmidmaier, President of Chief Executive Women’s Leaders Program talked about the highly regarded CEW program and the success of giving women in sporting organisations valuable experience and the opportunity for women to step up to senior roles and ultimately board directorships.
Vice President Amanda Spalding presented WRNSW Partnership for Strategic Planning Project which looks at the participation in access and equity for women and girls at local council controlled sporting facilities. The project focuses on group one and two councils and looks at where sport and recreation is placed in their current strategic plans. The project seeks to align Councils with sport and recreation as a healthy, active lifestyle component and tackles issues surrounding the gender imbalance in access and equity.
The Womensport and Recreation Showcase preceded Communities NSW Girls in Sport Talk- ‘Growing your game for Girls’ which looked at positive ways to engage girls in sport and the barriers girls face.