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Sport Wants You - Increasing the talent pool of women working in sport

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La Trobe University City Campus

360 Collins Street

Level 20 Boardroom

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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A La Trobe University and AFL Players' Association symposium

On field Australian women’s sport has been going from strength to strength with Football’s W-League, the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Super Netball leading the way. In 2017 the AFLW caused a watershed moment that has created unprecedented momentum and seen female athletic talent firmly in the spotlight. Off field this story has not been replicated, across the sporting industry the number of female professionals remains disproportionately low.

Together La Trobe University and the AFLPA want to encourage the next generation of corporate and community female leaders to choose to study and work in sport. Australia need’s young women who have grown up playing and watching sport to turn their passion into profession.

To discuss this nationwide challenge to increase the talent pool of women in working in sport, we have brought together an expert panel who will speak to their own experiences, and offer sage advice to female school leavers and other interested parties about the benefits, opportunities and realities to working in sport. Join us for this important symposium.


Master of Ceremonies and Moderator

Michelle Redfern - Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence

Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women which is an enterprise providing advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity, with a particular focus on the sports industry. Michelle is also a Non-executive director for Williamstown Football Club and Good Shepherd Microfinance. She previously held executive leadership roles ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco.

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Nicole Livingstone - Head of Women’s Football, AFL

Nicole is the Head of Women’s Football, Australian Football League and one of Australia's most successful swimmers, notably in the field of backstroke. She is a three time Olympian and her Commonwealth games medal tally includes six gold, two silver and one bronze. Following Nicole's retirement from swimming she was awarded the Order of Australia in 1997 as well as an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.

Sarah Olle - AFL Journalist and Digital Producer, Fox Sports/ Fox Footy

Sarah is a journalist and digital producer at Fox Sports, primarily covering AFL and she has also worked on the Big Bash and Australian Open. Sarah was part of two all-female AFLW shows on Fox Footy and debuted as a boundary writer in the final round of the inaugural AFLW season. Sarah most recently hosted 'The Weekend Lowdown' during the AFL season.

Bridie O'Donnell - Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation

Dr Bridie O’Donnell graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Queensland Medical School in Brisbane in 1999. Between 2000 and 2006 she was a rower and then an Ironman triathlete, competing in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in 2006. In 2007 she began road cycling, winning the National Time Trial title in 2008 and placing on the podium in 12 Australian and Oceania Championships between 2008 and 2016. From 2008 to 2012 she raced in the Australian National Team, and then Professional Italian teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships.

In November 2017 Bridie was appointed the inaugural Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation by the Victorian Government.

Ticket includes light refreshments and finger food

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360 Collins Street

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Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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