2018 Women in Sport Breakfast

 The fifth annual Women in Sport Breakfast was held on Thursday 11 October at the RACV City Club, with over 400 people in attendance. 

Along with some fantastic food and an incredible view over the Melbourne CBD, guests were treated to a key note address from Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer. Kate gave a wonderful speech about the culture of sport in Australia and the importance of equal representation in the community. 

Our Master of Ceremonies for the proceedings was ABC Breakfast News Sports Presenter Georgie Tunny. With a wealth of knowledge in many sports and an engaging stage presence, Georgie delighted the guests and kept everyone entertained throughout the morning. 

Both the Minister for Sport Hon. John Eren and Shadow Minister for Sport Danny O’Brien attended the event. John Eren emphasised the commitment of the Victorian Government to continue to invest in infrastructure that will increase female participation in sport. Danny O’Brien echoed these sentiments saying that “the huge growth in sport participation is largely driven by women and girls”. 

In honour of the International Day of the Girl, Georgie interviewed three young gymnasts from Waverley Gymnastics Centre. Miella, Zoe and Sumer answered a number of questions about what they love about their sport and their future ambitions. It was great to hear from the future generation of women in our sport! 

Thank you to all of our partners for the event:

Host Partner – Gymnastics Victoria
Major Sponsor – Victoria University 
Gold Partners - Sport and Recreation Victoria & Victoria Racing Club
Silver Partners - Cricket Victoria, Golf Victoria, Victorian Olympic Council & VicSport
Bronze Partners - Australian Sailing, Bicycle Network, Bowls Victoria, Calisthenics Victoria, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Equestrian Victoria, Netball Victoria, Regional Sports Victoria, Skate Victoria, Squash and Racquetball Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Triathlon Victoria, Volleyball Victoria, Women Sport Australia & YMCA Victoria
Each of the partners were able to nominate a member of their community who has made an outstanding contribution to increasing female participation in sport. 

The Inaugural Women in Sport Recognition Awards were presented to:

Sarah Oxford – Nominated by Victoria University 
Catie-Cameron Martin - Nominated by Gymnastics Victoria
Margot Foster - Nominated by Victorian Olympic Council 
Nikki Tonkin - Nominated by Cricket Victoria 
Gail Allen - Nominated by Golf Victoria 
Rosie Colahan - Nominated by Australian Sailing 
Alison McCormack - Nominated by Bicycle Network 
Rhonda Edwards - Nominated by Bowls Victoria 
Loren Hazelwood - Nominated by Confederation of Australian Motor Sport 
Julia Williams - Nominated by Equestrian Victoria
Christine Ware - Nominated by Netball Victoria 
Caitlin Grigsby - Nominated by Skate Victoria 
Sarah Fitz-Gerald - Nominated by Squash and Racquetball Victoria 
Nicole Pratt - Nominated by Tennis Victoria 
Liz Gosper - Nominated by Triathlon Victoria 
Dave Berry - Nominated by Volleyball Victoria 
Bron Madigan - Nominated by Women Sport Australia 
Casey Gymnastics - Nominated by YMCA

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made the morning a success!