Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and it has got me thinking about all the female leaders in sport that I have been so fortunate to cross paths with and look up to.  The majority of these leaders aren’t the national public figures that are probably the first to pop into most people’s heads when they think about female role models; instead they are some of the unsung heroes on the ground floor making sport happen in various roles such as sports administration, programme co-ordinators, coaches, judges, sport development committee members, just to name a few.

What I admire the most about these women is that they:

  • Have the ability to do what might be unpopular at the time, but they do it anyway because they know it is the right thing to do.
  • Can see the “big picture” and they work backwards from there to create strategies to achieve goals.
  • Aren’t afraid to set big goals and have high standards.
  • Support other females to develop personally and professionally; rallying around others to add value to many lives.
  • Collaborate as equals with their peers.
  • Decisions aren’t made based on their egos, but based on the needs of the people they are serving.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Stay true to their values.
  • Believe in education and continual personal and professional development.
  • See the benefits of encouraging more females into sport, both from a participation and a leadership perspective.

To those wonderful women out there that share their passion for sport with others and encourage others to do the same – thank-you for the difference you make.

To all those adolescent girls out there, take the time today to ask a woman that you respect about the challenges they have faced and how they overcome obstacles.  You will also have obstacles to overcome, and when you do, know that you too can get through it as well.  Alternatively, take some time out to read about an inspiring woman or women and motivate yourself to pass on that energy.

When I look around and see the young females in our sports community, I feel the future is bright with enthusiastic emerging leaders.  We must continue to support these young females and show them that they can have a career in sport if that is their goal and that their contributions are valued by society.

Valuing women in the sports leadership landscape has come a long way in the past couple of years in terms of greater awareness and more initiatives being put in place to provide opportunities, which is so wonderful to see.  However, there is still a long way to go and there is still a lot more that we can do.  Let’s use today to celebrate the achievements of women in sport and continue to #pushforprogress.



08/03/2018 Posted by: Active Attitude Author: Ashleigh McCaw

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