The rise of women in sport was the topic of discussion on ABC NewsRadio’s The Ticket on Sunday.
During the special panel discussion, which aired on 23 October 2016, the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the Women in News and Sport (WINS) initiative. The WINS initiative aims to connect female sports journalists in Australia to their counterparts in Asia and the Pacific for training, mentoring and networking.
Hosted by sports journalist Tracey Holmes the panel focused on the success of women’s sport and how it can be developed in the region. Rugby Sevens Olympic Gold medallist, Ellia Green and Olympic volleyball player Taliqua Clancy joined the Foreign Minister.
‘We use sport as a means of empowering people,’ said the Minister as she spoke about the Australian Government’s sport for development program in the Pacific.
Ellia and Taliqua spoke about their personal experiences as athletes and what sport brings to their lives. The panel also reflected on the need to celebrate men and women in sport for their achievements and contributions andnot their gender.
DFAT has partnered with ABC International Development to deliver the $225,000 WINS initiative in PNG, Fiji, Indonesia and Vietnam over 2016-17. WINS will provide about 25 female journalists with the tools to carve out a career in the male-dominated world of sports media.
Watch the panel discussion