The Change Our Game Women in Sports Broadcasting program is an initiative that’s building on the advances being made from equality on the field of play to the commentary box.
The women dedicated to building a career in front of a microphone include former Matildas goalkeeper and captain Melissa Barbieri, who at 41 is still part of Melbourne City’s W-League squad, and Melbourne’s AFLW All-Australian defender Libby Birch, who won a flag playing for the Western Bulldogs.
International lawn bowler Carla Krizanic and former national baseball team member Amy McCann were also successful applicants, along with other athletes, officials, journalists, podcasters, presenters and a physiotherapist.
The Women in Sports Broadcasting program was successfully piloted last year by the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation to address gender diversity in sports broadcasting.
Pilot program participant Gemma Bastiani said the program quite literally changed her life.
"It made the world of sport — specifically footy — broadcasting more than just a pipe dream, but a realistic career opportunity.”
The program is led by award-winning broadcasters Emma Race and Lucy Race from The Outer Sanctum.
Instructors will use a personalised approach to teach the participants about broadcast skills including research and preparation, play-by-play, delivering courtside and ground updates, presenting opinion and job seeking.
The Victorian Government led Australia in creating the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in 2017, and its Change Our Game initiatives level the playing field for women and girls across the state, in every aspect of sport and recreation.
Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Director Sarah Styles said supporting more women to achieve their goals of being on screen and behind the microphone will help ensure women’s voices are heard and respected in one of the most visible elements of the sports sector.
Visit Change our Game to find out more.