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2017 applications open to develop female sporting leaders

09 Aug 2017

Applications for the long-running Women Leaders in Sport program, which provides support to develop the leadership potential of women in the sport industry, opened today.

The program, jointly funded by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government’s Office for Women, will invest more than $500,000 in 2018 in grants and leadership development.

The Women Leaders in Sport program has supported more than 23,000 women over its 16 year history.

Rio rowing gold medallist and Deputy Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission Kim Brennan, CEO of Netball Foundation Nadine Cohen, and Amanda Green, general manager of People, Culture and Performance at AFL club Richmond, have all been part of the program.

More than 95 per cent of last year’s recipients said the program had helped increase opportunities for them to move into senior leadership roles in the sports industry, which highlights just how important the program remains after so many years.

The program provides an opportunity for more women to develop their leadership potential in sport as administrators, coaches, officials and leaders.

Individuals can apply for development grants of up to $3,000, while organisations can seek up to $20,000 for leadership development projects.

The third component of the Women Leaders in Sport program is a targeted, year-long program called Stepping In.

Applications for the Development Grants and Leadership Workshops open on August 9 with the applications for the Stepping In program open in early 2018. For more information and applications go to the Women Leaders in Sport page at

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650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.