On Tuesday the 31st of October Calisthenics Victoria and over 380 people gathered to the RACV City Club for the fourth annual Women in Sport Breakfast held by Gymnastics Victoria.
Over a delicious meal guests were treated to key note addresses from Dual Olympic Cyclist, Former Hawthorn Football Club CEO and Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale Tracey Gaudry and Head Coach of the Australian Netball Diamonds Lisa Alexander.
Tracey reflected on her own journey as a woman in sport as an athlete and an administrator and stressed some particular characteristics that are needed.
“You need to be ready, willing and able to embrace change and be resilient,” said Tracey with her address covering the way the media can both build you up and cut you down for being a woman in sport.
Lisa touched on the being a woman in sport from a coaching point of view and praised many of the Women in Sport Breakfast partner sporting organisations including a mention of her childhood were she participated in Calisthenics.
“The women in sport movement has been going on for a long time, it’s just now the other half of the nation are waking up to it,” said Lisa.
Representative for Minister for Sport, Philip Dalidakis MP, and Shadow Minister for Sport Tim McCurdy attended the event and both spoke of their support of the event and women in sport.
The partners who contributed their support to the event included Gymnastics Victoria, Victoria University, Netball Victoria, Cricket Victoria, the Victorian Olympic Council, VicSport, Calisthenics Victoria, Bowls Victoria, Skate Victoria, Squash and Racquetball Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Women Sport Australia and the Victorian State Government.
Master of Ceremonies and former elite gymnast Stephanie Moorhouse kept the morning moving swiftly with the function culminating in the presentation of the Inaugural Women in Sport Recognition Awards.
Partners of the event were able to select a member of their community who has made an outstanding contribution to impacting and increasing female participation in sport with awards presented by Tracey and Lisa.
The Inaugural Women in Sport Recognition Awards from Calisthenics Victoria was presented to our 2017 ambassador Julie Jellis.