I am very pleased to have launched the GOAL Program, an initiative designed to increase the number of women in leadership roles within the sport and recreation sector.
To excel on and off the field is to have a robust and sustainable business model supporting any organisation and women most definitely have a role at the Board table, within the Executive team, and as senior coaching and administration staff.
There are over 5000 sports and active recreation clubs in WA, yet we know many women that have the skills and abilities to lead these organisations often lack the support to get involved. The GOAL Program will build on existing systems we have in sport to make it easier for all women to advance as leaders on and off the field.
In 2014 I asked Jan Cooper from the AFL and an Advisory Group to provide me with a case for change, so we could build a platform of actions we could take. The Advisory Group provided me with real advice based on their expertise and their own experience in the sector.
We now have some directions and recommendations we will begin to implement in our sports organisations, with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation.
You will find a downloadable version here of the GOAL initiative we announced at the Annual Women in Sport Breakfast in April 2016.
I encourage everyone to engage with the program, the rewards will far outweigh the challenges of change.
Minister for Sport