Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

$500,000 announced to support women leaders in sport

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Sport

Australian sport will reap the benefit of support for 132 women leaders awarded under the 2009 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women.Status of Women Minister Tanya Plibersek and Sports Minister Kate Ellis announced the successful applicants would share in $500,000 from the Australian Government to help women excel in sports leadership.

Ms Plibersek said applications for the Office for Women and Australian Sports Commission initiative increased by 50 per cent on last year.

“The response was fantastic and the grants will develop skills for a variety of leadership roles,” Ms Plibersek said.

Speaking from a Women Leadership in Sport lunch in Melbourne today, Ms Ellis said: “There is $100,000 extra support this year and the grants also provide support for women from a range of backgrounds, including 23 projects involving Indigenous women, 17 for women with disabilities and 24 for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“One example is former Paralympic swimming star Amy Winters, who is using her grant to study for a graduate marketing diploma. This will build on her expertise for the promotion and commercial development of the Australian Paralympic Committee” said Ms Ellis.

This year’s grants comprise 74 individuals receiving up to $5,000, 45 organisations allocated up to $10,000 and 13 scholarships of up to $30,000 over three years.

“For the first time, the funding includes scholarships for women to gain management and other qualifications to help advance them in the upper levels of sports administration” said Ms Plibersek.

Ms Ellis said the grants would accelerate the careers of women in sport.

“Australian sport needs more women involved in senior positions and leadership roles,” Ms Ellis said.

“These grants will equip and empower women to fill more decision-making roles and exert greater influence in the culture of sport.

“These are women who can inspire others, from Nicole Graves wanting to be the first female Level 3 AFL coach and AFL assistant club coach, to former Australian cricketer Melanie Jones aiming to break into the television commentating ranks” she added.

Now in its eighth year, the initiative provides support for women to pursue accredited training and development in coaching, officiating, governance, media and communications and management.

To date, around $3 million in grants have helped close to 16,000 women develop high level skills in their sport across the nation.

Please see below for the State breakdown.

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Recipient Sport Organisation Course
Anna Baker Cricket Cricket ACT Graduate Certificate of Sports Coaching
New South Wales
Recipient Sport Organisation Course
Rachael Elizabeth Roberts Swimming Swimming Australia Company Directors Course
Liva De Burgh Tennis Tennis NSW Junior Development Coaching Course (Tennis Australia)
Victoria Francis Clancy Surf Lifesaving Surf Life Saving New South Wales AICD Company Directors Course
Samantha Joan Toll Rugby Union Australian Rugby Union Ltd 21st Women, Management and Work Conference
Deepali Mistry Judo Judo Federation of Australia Preparation for the International Judo Federation. A Refereeing Licence
Kate Perrin Multi Sport Australian Paralympic Committee Bridging the GAPS – Girls Achieving Paralympic Success 
Amy Winters Disability Sport Australian Paralympic Committee   Graduate Diploma in Marketing
Trish Bowmaker Netball Sutherland Shire Netball Association Elite Coaching Course – Practical Component
Laura Beth Cambridge Netball Armidale District Netball Association Be coached by National A and AA Badged Umpires at State League Level to achieve National A Badge
Elizabeth Pollard Surf Riding Womens Bodyboarding Association Level One Surf Coaching Certificate
Belinda Westcott Athletics Nepean District Athletics Club  Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Level 1 Course
Michelle Anne Mort Swimming Bourke Amatuer Swimming Club Inc Certificate IV Training & Assessment
Tanya Hollow Polocrosse Polocrosse Association of Australia AICD Company Directors Course
Audrey Harris Swimming Parkes Swimming Club Green Licence for Swimming Coaching
Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association INC Soccer  Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association INC Female Referee Development Program
Netball New South Wales Netball Netball New South Wales Regional Coach Development Program
Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc Rugby Union Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc Rugby Union Foundation Course
South Sydney District Rugby League Referees Association Inc Rugby League South Sydney District Rugby League Referees Association Inc Level 1 Referees Course
APIA Leichhardt Tigers Football Club Inc Football (Soccer) APIA Leichhardt Tigers Football Club Inc Leadership in Sport and Event Management in Sport
Canoeing Australia Canoeing Australian Canoeing Sportswomen’s Mentor Program (Utilising past female Olympians and World Champions to mentor grassroots potential and talented young women athletes)
Cycling Australia Cycling Cycling Australia CycleSkill Coach Training Program combined with AustCycle Teach Training Program
Surfing Australia Surf Riding Surfing Australia Surfing Women in Australia: The Future – 2 workshops to assess the current issues that are restricting women from participating in surf riding and develop strategies to address those issues
Australian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation Water Skiing Australian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation Development of Female Officials in Australian Water Skiing
Emma Roby Surf Riding Womens Bodyboarding Association Level 1 Surf Riding Coaching Accreditation Course
Emrys Myrddin Meijer Disability Sport Disabled WinterSport Australia  Disabled Wintersport Australia Guide Training Courses including APSI Level 1 & 2 Ski/Board Instructors Course and Level 2 Adaptive Certification
Therese Pentony Rugby Union Australian Rugby Union  Grad Diploma in Education (ACU) and Certificate IV in Business, The Young Manager (AIM)
Maria Cosmidis  Australian Rules AFL (NSW/ACT) Master of Management in Sport Management (UTS)
Gillian Rose Ting Disability Sport Australian Athletes With a Disability Master of Business (University of Sydney)
Equestrian Federation of Australia Equestrian Equestrian Federation of Australia Various courses/accreditations
Northern Territory
Recipient Sport Organisation Course
Cindy Haddow Volleyball Katherine Volleyball Club Inc Diploma of Management
Teena Norman Hockey  Alice Springs Hockey Association Certificate IV in Sport
Samantha Jane Fisher Basketball Alice Springs Basketball Association NCAS Level 2 Basketball Coaching Course
Christine Kaye Heron Softball Northern Territory Softball Association Masters of Project Management
Recipient Sport Organisation Course
Leonie Strano Athletics CASSOWARY COAST BRANCH LITTLE ATHLETICS Athletics Australia 2009 National Congress
Janine Lette Dragon Boat Australian Dragon Boat Federation International Dragon Boat Federation Official Level 4 Course
Patricia Booker Rugby League Central Highlands Referees Assn Inc Developing & Managing Effective Volunteer Programs
Phoebe Anderson Gymnastics Queensland Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy  Coaching and Choreographic expertise from Bulgaria
Gillian Duncan  Mountain Cycling Bike Australia Work with an IT professional to convert Mountain Bike Club Commissaire Course to online delivery.
Joy McClymont Triathlon Longreach Longhorns Triathlon Coaching Course
Gail Margaret Russell Rugby Union Cairns Old Crocs Rugby Union Club Inc Diploma of Events
Melina Simjanovic Ice Skating Ice Skating Australia High Performance Unit Management Programme
Elizabeth Jane Buchanan Equestrian Equestrian Queensland Strategic Business Planning (AIM) & Contract Law for Non-Lawyers (QUT) & Mentoring Program (Emberin)
Emmakita Renarta Pryor Netball Lightnings Club at Palm Island Netball Officiating clinic
Candice Jade Sullivan Cycling PCYC Cycleskill Coaching & Cycling Coaching Level 1
Gai Elizabeth Grieve Athletics Caboolture Little Athletics Centre Level 1 & 2 Track & Field Coaching Course
Lynda Joanne Cremer Surf Lifesaving Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club Inc. SLSA Leadership Conference & International Not-For-Profit Convention & Exhibition 2009
Sandra Sampson Multi Sport Womensport Queensland Assoc Inc AICD Company Directors Course Update
Amy Jayne Macdonald Swimming AB Thunderbolts Swimming Club Incorporated / Bluefins Swim Team 2010 ASCTA Telstra Swimming Convention & Trade Expo
Deborah Kealley Netball Townsville City Netball Association National ‘A’ Badge Netball
Ainslie Alice Gardner Ice Hockey Ice Hockey Queensland Quickbooks Training, Photoshop Training Course & Dreamweaver Training Course
Banyo Rugby League Club Inc Rugby League Banyo Rugby League Club Inc Train the Trainer
Hockey Queensland Inc Hockey Hockey Queensland Inc Remote Hockey Officiating Course and Mentor Program – throughout Torres Strait Island Communities and Gulf Savannah
Queensland Canoeing Incorporated Canoeing Queensland Canoeing Incorporated Level 1 Canoe Kayak Coaching Course
Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett Dist Touch Assn Touch Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett Dist Touch Assn Level 1 & 2 Officiating Courses to develop female referees
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association Wheelchair Basketball Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association Wheelchair Basketball Coaching Course  
Jeanne Ronald Surf Lifesaving SLSQ North Barrier Branch Inc MYOB, Time Management, Excel & Publisher Courses
South Western Metro Basketball Inc Basketball South Western Metro Basketball Inc Sports Management & Administration Capacity Development Program
Queensland Rugby Union Rugby Union Queensland Rugby Union Developing Women in Rugby
Townsville City Netball Association Inc Netball Townsville City Netball Association Inc 10 Management, Coaching and Umpiring Courses
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Netball PALM ISLAND ABORIGINAL SHIRE COUNCIL Committee Management
Womensport Queensland Association Multi Sport Womensport Queensland Association Athlete Development Program – Media & Public Speaking
Alishia Hocking Australian Rules Gold Coast Football Club Level 2 Strength & Conditioning & Level 2 Sports Trainer
Sonia Gegenhuber  Football (Soccer) school sport Football ‘B Licence’
Brooke Farris Surf Riding Association of Surfing Professionals International Athlete & Career Development Advanced Program (SKA) and Executive Sport Management Program (SKA)
Shirley Russell Rugby Union Australian Rugby Union  Sports Knowledge Australia – Residential Program – Elite Sport Coaching Symposium. To maintain and be recertified with  Rugby Union Level 3 Accreditation
Glenys Woolcock Athletics Australian University Sport Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development
South Australia
Recipient Sport Organisation Course 
Jane Elizabeth Russo Touch Touch Football Australia AICD Company Directors Course
Brianna Wyatt Touch Touch Football Australia Executive Sport Management Programme
Lynnette Dawn Long Motorcycling Motorcycling South Australia Sports Management Advanced Diploma
Hockey SA Hockey  Hockey SA Coaching roles for women (Coaching accreditation course for 15 targeted coaches)
Eyre United Netball Club Netball Eyre United Netball Club Netball Umpire Training on site (Introduction & Application)
Rebecca Maslen  Surf Lifesaving North Haven MYOB Training Course
Carolyn Peta Veldhuyzen Swimming Swim SA & Austswim National Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching & Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching & Additional Studies
Lee Corey Football (Soccer) Football Federation South Australia (FFSA) FFA Level 2 Instructor Course, FFA Level 1 Inspector Course & ASC Mentor Training and Presenter Training
Recipient Sport Organisation Course 
Belinda Hanson  Disability Sport New Horizons Club The Australian Health Services Leadership Summit
Tasmanian Dragon Boat Federation  Dragon Boat Tasmanian Dragon Boat Federation The Australian Dragon Boat Federation (AusDBF) Level 1 Coaching Course)
Ulverstone Basketball Association Basketball Ulverstone Basketball Association Team Leader Preparation
Recipient Sport Organisation Course 
Samantha Ann Bloder Swimming Werribee Swimming Club  ASCTA Swim Coaches and Teachers Conference 2010
Melissa Barbieri Football (Soccer) Football Federation Victoria/Australia Football Asia ‘A’ Licence Part 1
Melanie Jones Cricket Cricket Australia Sports Commentary Development Course
Rosanna Elise Ditton Athletics Athletics Australia Level 3 Managing National & National League Teams Course
Kirrily Zimmerman Netball Boroondara Netball Association AICD Company Directors Course
Therese Ritter  Golf Golf Australia  Attend overseas golf championship to act as a rules official and explore how the event is set up
Robyn Cochrane  Football (Soccer) Highett Football Club Inc. Applied Project Management
Zoe Jaboor Skiing  Ski and Snowboard Australia To attend the International Judges Clinic and act as the Australian Judge at a Europa Cup Event
Jessica Douglas Cycling Forrest MTB & Cycling club Level 2 Cycle Coaching 
Leah Kermeen Netball South Warrnambool Football Netball Club Advanced Netball Course
Anneika Hart Swimming Horsham Swimming Club SAL Bronze Licence Coaching Course
Jandra Shay Cox Boxing  Boxing Australia Inc. The Board and CEO
Cricket Australia Cricket Cricket Australia Level 2 Coaches Course 
Deaf Sports Australia Disability Sport Deaf Sports Australia Developing Female Leadership within the Deaf Sports Community
Football Federation Victoria Football (Soccer) Football Federation Victoria Level 3 Managing National & National League Teams Course
Tennis Australia Tennis  Tennis Australia Australian Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference
Softball Australia Softball Softball Australia Introduction of Technology into Softball Scoring
Bowls Australia Bowls Bowls Australia Business Presentation Skills
Kilsyth & Mountain District Basketball Association Basketball Kilsyth & Mountain District Basketball Association Female Officiating Advancement Program
St Kilda Cycling Club Cycling St Kilda Cycling Club Club Commissaire
Hockey Australia Hockey  Hockey Australia Female Coach Apprenticeship Program (FCAP)
Leisure Networks Multi Sport Leisure Networks Women Take the Lead on Mentoring Program
North Ballarat Women’s Team Australian Rules North Ballarat Women’s Team 2009 Active Leadership Program 
Border Basketball Club Inc Basketball Border Basketball Club Inc Lady Bandits Regional Womens Program (Level 1 Coaching Program)
Amy Elizabeth McCann Cycling CycleSport Victoria Graduate Certificate of Arts (Media & Communications)
Tarryn Gooding  Triathlon Eltham Triathlon club Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Course
Pam Ryan Athletics Athletics Essendon Level 5 Track and Field Coaches Accreditation specialising in Hurdles
Diana Clare Taylor Australian Rules AFL Victoria, Western Region Football League AICD Company Directors Course & Diploma of Management (AIM)
Amanda Fielding Volleyball Australian Volleyball Federation American Volleyball Coaches Association Conference, Level NCAS 3 (Master of Sports Management) and attend & present at the International Sports Management Conference
Simone Lewis Athletics Athletics Australia Present and coordinate media training/interview techniques and psychology workshops and develop a website for an Aboriginal Athletics Camp held in Scott’s Head, NSW.
Renee Charlton  Basketball Victorian Basketball Referees Association, Basketball Victoria Country Council,   Continue doing the 2009/2010 Basketball Victoria Country circuit as a referee and a referee coach to help develop future basketball referees
Western Australia
Recipient Sport Organisation Course 
Laura Jean Reid Swimming Swimming WA TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Marie Terese O’Toole Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Sports WA Association Inc Submission & Tender Writing Unit (Masters Program)
Tanya Marie Bailey BMX BMX Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching
Grace Molloy Golf Women’s Golf Western Australia  5th World Conference on Women and Sport (2010 Sydney)  
Bianca-Rose Riseborough Bowls Bowls WA Diploma in Event Management with Public Relations
Mareena Jan Sear Lacrosse Western Australian Lacrosse Association Level 3 Managing National & National League Teams Course
Jane Pittman Hockey  Harlequin Wanneroo Hockey Club Inc. Sports Administration 1 and Sports Administration 3
Wendy Margaret Barker Equestrian Equestrian Western Australia Australian Dressage Championships to learn from International Judges
Pam Glossop Bowls Bowls WA Strategic Business Planning
Surf Life Saving WA Surf Lifesaving Surf Life Saving WA Women’s Surf Coaching Course
West Australian Endurance Riders Association Equestrian West Australian Endurance Riders Association Federation Equestre International Course for Officials and Veterinarians
South West Regional Football Development Trust Council  Australian Rules South West Regional Football Development Trust Council  Female AFL Level One Coaching Course
Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region Netball Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region Foundation Coaching Course
West Australian Football Commission Australian Rules  West Australian Football Commission Women in Football Governance Workshop
West Coast Swimming Club Swimming West Coast Swimming Club Committee & Coaching Professional Development – Various Courses
Wheelchair Sports WA Association Inc Multi Sport Wheelchair Sports WA Association Inc Public Speaking & Presentations Training
Nyoongar Sports Association Multi Sport Nyoongar Sports Association Nyoongar Women’s Leadership Camps (Basketball/Netball Coaching & Umpiring Accreditations)
Women’s Golf WA Golf Women’s Golf WA Risk Management for Club Administrators 
Pirette Tietzel Surf Lifesaving Surf Lifesaving WA Women’s Surf Coaching Course
Nellandra Roberta Henry Equestrian Equestrian WA Equestraian Australia (EA) NCAS Level 2 Jumping Course 
Toni Petts Athletics Belmont Little Athletics Centre Level 2 Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Middle Distance/Walks Level 3 & Sprints/Hurdles/Relays  
Nicole Jane Graves Australian Rules Western Australian Football Commission Level 3 Coaching Accreditation 
Karen Leanne Woods Touch Touchwest / Touch Football Australia To referee and be coached to referee touch football at the highest level