Womensport Annual Showcase

Media Release: Stuart Ayres MP 
Minister for Sport and Recreation. 



Stuart Ayres MP

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres has reinforced the powerful roles played by local government and sporting bodies in achieving greater equity for women in sports.

“The stronger our progress towards gender equality, the greater our rewards in health and well-being,” Mr Ayres said.

“These rewards are not just for women, but for everyone who participates in sport. “Councils play a crucial role as they are at the heart of their community.

“They not only play a key role in providing sporting and recreational facilities, but also can be leaders in encouraging more active communities.

“Sporting bodies also shape involvement by laying the blueprint for engagement in every aspect of sport from sustaining interest from the first flush of a junior’s enthusiasm to long-term active participation though to maintaining the ranks of leadership and coaching,” Mr Ayres concluded.

Mr Ayres addressed the annual Womensport NSW Showcase where a panel discussion entitled Gender Equity – Making it happen: Local Councils and Sporting Organisations addressed the successes and obstacles of a new government-funded strategic partnership between Womensport and local government.

“This partnership focuses on the longer term with the aim of councils acknowledging the needs of girls and women as a priority in the use of their recreational resources,” Mr Ayres said.

“Having sporting facilities that are safe, accessible and inclusive is crucial to their on- going participation and involvement in sport and active lifestyles.

“The NSW Government is seeking ideas from local councils and state sporting organisations to identify sport and recreational needs as part of the Rebuilding NSW Plan and the work of the Womensport partnership will be integral to that feedback.”

The event was attended by sporting champions and gold medalists including seven- time World Surfing Champion, Layne Beachley, two-time Olympian, Jayne Fleming, captain of Auburn Giants Women’s AFL team, Lael Kassem and Australian Wallaroos Rugby Sevens Captain, Sharni Williams and team-mate, Alicia Quirk.

Their position as role models to aspiring female athletes was praised by Minister for Women Pru Goward, Patron to Womensport NSW.

“These incredible sportswomen not only inspire young women by showing what can be achieved, but also illustrate the joy of including a sport in an active lifestyle,” Ms Goward said.

“The NSW Government is committed to not only increasing the number of girls and women in sport and recreation from an early age, but also to encourage them to remain involved over the course of their lives.”

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