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World Surf League makes commitment to prize money equality
The World Surf League (WSL) has today taken a step forward in promoting equality for women in sport, by committing to paying equal prize money to male and female athletes for every WSL controlled event in the 2019 season and beyond.
The announcement makes WSL the first and only US-based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to achieve prize money equality.
Explaining the organisation’s commitment to gender equality, WSL Chief Executive, Sophie Goldschmidt stated “this is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule.
“This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support.”
“We want to be at the forefront of pushing for equality in all walks of life, starting on the waves, and we feel very lucky to have women on our tour who are highly talented, iconic role models, and more than deserve this recognition as they stand alongside our extraordinary male athletes.”
Six-time World Champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore advised “this is incredible, and I am thrilled.
“The prize money is fantastic, but the message means even more.
“My fellow women athletes and I are honoured by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.”
The WSL continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports leagues globally, continually expanding its reach and fan base.
WSL content and live coverage is now digitally available in every market and over 100 linear broadcasters now cover its events, including this week’s groundbreaking competition at the human-made wave at Surf Ranch.
Set to host the latest round of the WSL at his Surf Ranch Facility in California over the coming days, Kelly Slater, the holder of 11 World Championships and 55 Championship tour event victories, added “the women on the tour deserve this change.
“I’m so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness.
“The female WSL athletes are equally committed to their craft as the male athletes and should be paid the same.”
Surfing has always been a pioneering sport, and this serves as an example of that.”
29th November 2017 - 2018 World Surf League calendar to include artificial wave park venue
4th November 2017 - AFL Womens players get new pay deal for 2018 season
12th September 2017 - Landmark pay rise for women footballers
16th September 2016 - New report shows ‘huge’ gender gap in sporting pay
14th September 2016 - Netball announces record pay deal for women’s team sports in Australia
11th March 2015 - More women playing and watching sport, but pay gap remains
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