The Women of Sport Network provides networking and professional development opportunities for women working or volunteering in the sport industry.
The network was originally formed in 2013 by a passionate and committed group of female leaders involved in WA sport, who came together due to an unmet need for women working in leadership positions, to access informal networking opportunities, to share experiences and ideas in a safe and supportive environment. At this point in time, there were only four female chief executive officers and one chief financial officer of WA State Sporting Associations (SSAs).
This group commenced with five women who met semi-regularly and the number of women attending the group organically grew. Subsequently, there were four networking opportunities held annually at different locations hosted by SSAs or organisations with a connection to WA sport. The number of women attending the networking events continued to grow each year as well as the diversity of women.
The supportive, informal networking opportunities continued to be popular and well attended, enabling women involved with sport to socially engage, share experiences and meet new people. However, due to the increased size of the group, an opportunity was identified to review and reset the group’s purpose and objectives to ensure those who attended the events had their needs met.
The Women of Sport Network aims to provide networking and professional development opportunities for women who are leaders, or aspiring leaders, working in, or volunteering within, a SportWest member or affiliate organisation.
The Network aims to:
The Women of Sport Network also aims to provide a networking opportunity for women working or volunteering in or around WA sport.
SportWest is currently establishing a Women of Sport Network Advisory Group and kicking off a planning process for the future of the Network. These plans will include a vision to help guide the Network, terms of reference, professional development opportunities and networking events.
For more information about the Network please email SportWest Sports Integrity Manager Helen McShane