Sydney Scoreboard

iwg2014-logoSydney Scoreboard – On 8 March 2011, the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport celebrated International Women’s Day by launching the ‘ Sydney Scoreboard’.

An important legacy of the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport, held in Sydney in 2010, it serves as a means to collect and display data on the gender balance of the board members, chair persons and CEOs of national and international sporting organisations.

The Sydney Scoreboard follows on from the Brighton Declaration, the legacy of the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport in 1994, which stated:

“Women are significantly under-represented in management, coaching and officiating, particularly at the higher levels. Without women leaders, decision makers and role models within sport, equal opportunities for woman and girls will not be achieved.”

The Scoreboard

The Sydney Scoreboard tracks women in leadership roles within sport organisations both nationally and internationally. At the time of launch, sydney_scoreboard_2data had been collected from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and Zambia, with further data being sought from all nations.

The International Working Group (IWG) of Women and Sport hopes that “by showing the percentages of men and women in positions of power and decision-making in sports administration across the globe… Sydney Scoreboard will ultimately motivate a world-wide increase in women’s representations on sports boards.”

“The representation of women in decision making positions is an issue in all spheres of life but seems to be even more challenging in the sporting arena with its strong tradition of male dominance,” said Johanna Adriaanse.

“I am optimistic that in time the Sydney Scoreboard, in combination with the Federal Government’s recently announced ‘women in sport register’ which is aimed at connecting sport with potential female board and administration candidates, will help to drive increased numbers of women on Australia’s sporting boards.”

WRNSW is partnering to currently update the Scoreboard as well as making a presentation on it’s Partnership for Strategic Planning Project with Council’s in Helsinki in June. The Scoreboard’s success will be evaluated at the 6th World Conference on Women and Sport in Finland in 2014. You can view Johanna Adriaanse’s introduction to the 6th World Conference on YouTube.

IWG partners with Greater Sydney Partnership

IWG_flyer_EvaGreater Sydney Partnership Founding Chairman, Peter Holmes à Court said the Sydney Scoreboard issues a powerful challenge to other world cities:

“We are inspired by the pioneering work of Johanna Adriaanse and the International Working Group in advancing this vital area of female sports leadership. The Greater Sydney Partnership is about seeding and supporting initiatives that enhance Sydney’s position as a global city. The Sydney Scorecard brings a new level of accountability to the progression of women in sport and challenges us as host city to maintain the highest global standards in this area. We look forward to getting behind the success of the Scoreboard within Australia and around the world.”


Womensport partners with UTS to update Sydney Scoreboard- Global Index of Women on Sports Board

See Media release below.

 Womensport NSW Presents its Partnership for Strategic Planning Project with Councils in Helsinki.

  Women leaders in sport: one step forward, two steps back                                               UTS logo  
  While the proportion of women directors on boards of sporting organisations in Australia has risen over the past five years, women’s representation in senior leadership positions has slumped, according to the latest Sydney Scoreboard index.

Women now account for 28 per cent of directors on sport boards in Australia, up from 22 per cent in 2009, but the percentage of women holding the chair has nearly halved to just 12 per cent and the number of women CEOs has dropped to 18 per cent from 21 per cent.

Data from the Sydney Scoreboard, a global index of women on sport boards (, shows women directors in the Cook Islands (43 per cent), Norway (37 per cent) and American Samoa (34 per cent) are well ahead of both the United States and Australia, which rank 5th and 6th on the index respectively.

With regard to women CEOs in sporting organisations, Australia is behind 15 other countries, including Iceland, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Zambia and Venezuela. For the position of chair, it trails Ireland, Zambia, the US, England, Tanzania and Haiti, among others.

The Sydney Scoreboard has been keeping track of trends in about 50 countries since 2010, when the index emerged from the 5th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women and Sport that took place in Sydney.

The author of the Sydney Scoreboard, Dr Johanna Adriaanse, recently joined with the advocacy group Womensport NSW (, which promotes increased equity, access and participation for women and girls in sport, to keep this important data current and meaningful.

“This project is crucial in helping accelerate the number of women in sport leadership positions in Australia and globally,” said Dr Adriaanse, who is a senior lecturer in sports management at UTS Business School and a core member of its Centre for Corporate Governance.

The President of Womensport NSW, Susan Horwitz, said the Sydney Scoreboard was a sophisticated tool. “It shows the real picture for women within sporting organisations, and the trend is very clear – the progress for women in Australia and in many major countries abroad, is not good enough,” she said.

Dr Adriaanse will be a distinguished speaker at the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki ( in June. “Participants at this conference have a unique opportunity to robustly debate the persistence of women’s under-representation on sport boards and to develop new ideas for sport policy to disrupt the status quo,” she said.


Dr Johanna Adriaanse
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Susan Horwitz
0400 695 135

Lesley Parker
Media Officer, UTS Business School
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