Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…read more
Sport Australia and the AIS announce new Talent Program to address leadership diversity in sport
Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport have launched a new initiative to address what Sport Australia Chief Executive Kate Palmer labels a “gross under-representation” of female sport executives and high performance coaches.
Announced during the World Class to World Best conference, the AIS Talent Program is open for applications now to female sport executives and high performance coaches, which the AIS has identified as key positions requiring more diversity in the Australian sport sector.
Advising that Sport Australia and the AIS are committed to gender diversity across the organisation, sport and society more broadly, Palmer (pictured) advised “Sport Australia and the AIS have a suite of programs to enhance diversity in sport, but the AIS Talent Program has been created to specifically address what remains a gross under-representation of women in high performance coaching and executive positions.
“In executive positions, women represent 22% of Board Chairs and just 13% of CEOs across more than 60 national sporting organisations that are funded by Sport Australia and the AIS.
“The picture is no better for female high performance coaches, who represent less than 15% of coaches across Australia’s high performance system. Looking at Olympic sports as an example, only 15 of the 160 accredited coaches at the 2016 Rio Olympics were female – just 9%. That’s a declining trend when you consider it was 12% at the 2012 London Olympics.
“The rise in profile of women’s professional leagues has been fantastic for the progress of female athletes, but that hasn’t translated into the same opportunities for female coaches and leaders. We need to address any systemic biases preventing females taking up these opportunities.
“These statistics are not acceptable and we need to initiate systemic change now. The AIS Talent Program will be designed to deliver transformational skills for women in sport who are ready to progress to these leadership positions. It will help identify, develop, retain and progress talent that can challenge the status quo and increase diversity in sport.”
Candidates can follow this link to apply for the Talent Program, with positions available for 16 executive and 16 high performance coaches. The 12-month program will be fully-funded by the AIS and Office for Women.
Sport Australia and the AIS have been a major supporter of women in sport for many years through a range of programs and initiatives.
6th November 2018 - AIS conference to present themes of Australia’s high performance sport strategy
5th November 2018 - Corporate Australia supports ASF’s Sporting Oration
1st August 2018 - Federal Government releases new national sport plan
18th April 2018 - Community sport key to gender equality
27th February 2018 - Chief Executives united in pursuit of gender equality in sport
21st November 2017 - YMCA promotes elite women coaches at South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre
17th June 2016 - Australian Rugby commits to gender equality
4th April 2016 - New female coaching scholarships to boost tennis opportunities
23rd November 2014 - Changing the gender imbalance in Australian sports coaching
28th October 2014 - Women are ‘second class citizens’ in sport governance and management
5th April 2013 - Gender balance shifts on Australian Olympic Committee Executive
21st May 2010 - Ellis Releases Report on Gender, Sport and Media
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…read more
Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…read more
Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!