The forums were led by former world champion cyclist and rower Dr Bridie O'Donnell, the newly appointed head of the Victorian Government's Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.
The forums explored how local sporting bodies can work to further improve participation by women and girls in sport and active recreation, and also provided Bridie and her team with feedback on how the Victorian Government can better support local sporting bodies to achieve those goals.
Dr O’Donnell said there is massive surge in interest in women’s sport and recreation at all levels and we need to make sure they are met with a welcoming environment once they take that first step.
The Office for Women in Sport and recreation is passionate about promoting participation by women and girls in sport and recreation because of:
- the health benefits
- it teaches people about teamwork
- it brings the community together
- it establishes long term social connections
- people who participate tend to do better in other areas of life thanks to the skills they have learned and the connections they form.
Women and girl’s involvement does not have to be competitive - people can be active any way they like. Things like umpiring, volunteering with a sport or recreation club, being on a committee - they all provide significant social or physical benefits and empowerment to women and girls.
The Victorian Government's Change our Game initiative aims for gender equality in all aspects of sport from participation to administration to governance.
Speaking about the campaign Minister for Sport, John Eren said when you can see it, you can be it - that’s why the Victorian Government is getting on with working with our partners to Change our game.
“It’s no longer good enough to have women and girls changing in the back of cars so we are creating more of a level playing field when it comes to sport, especially for women and girls,” he said.
Visit Change our Game or contact you can contact Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Head of The Office of Women in Sport and Recreation for more information.