The evidence is clear – without women, sport – all sport – will suffer.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Sports Tally 2015 report has just been released. While there’s a lot of interesting information in its many pages, most important was the paragraph on its final page.
The AIS has committed to ensuring that women make an influence to Australian sport on a national level, by “growing the number of women on national sporting organisation boards.” Sure, it may be at the end of the 39 pages, but it has made it, as an important aspect of the 2015 AIS tally.
The report says, “As part of its mandatory governance standard, the ASC affirmed the need for sports to proactively grow the number of women on their national boards.”
While some sports have made solid progress in this area, more needs to be done.
The AIS sports tally 2015 says that, “the ASC Australia’s Winning Edge sports have less than 20 per cent female representation on their boards: archery (17 per cent), boxing (14 per cent) and Australian Paralympic Committee (10 per cent).”
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It’s clear that there isn’t enough women in sporting leadership roles in Australia – and the athletes themselves know it. Earlier this month Kim Crow, an Olympic medallist and anti-doping advocate spoke out about needing more women in sports leadership.
Crow was a hurdler, turned rower and has said that we need more women at the top – a place that she hopes to be in the future.
“It seems we have a lot of women starting to break through the leadership ranks in sport, but very few at the very top,” she told ABC News.
The 29-year-old won silver and bronze medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and is now chair of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Commission, which is a great step in her ambitions to be one of the top ranks one day.