WSA runs a number of programs to help support the development of women in the sports sector. These programs aim to inspire, attract, retain and develop women in and to the sporting roles, be that as a coach, team member, manager or executive.
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Lauren Jackson AO - Retired International Basketball Player
Ambassador Lauren Jackson encourages women and girls to get off the couch and help make a difference.
As Australia’s most successful and decorated basketball player, Jackson began her role as an AWRA Ambassador in February 2013.
Jackson said, “Australia needs more strong, healthy women and girls participating in all levels of sport and recreation and taking leadership roles in all levels of life from government to business, sport, schools and social groups.”
“Getting started is sometimes the hard part. But it can also be as easy as getting off the couch, or making a commitment to help make a difference, and following through.”
Jackson’s energy, drive and commitment are an inspiration to her many fans and supporters, including her 100,000 plus followers on Twitter.
Lauren Jackson is one of Australia’s highest profile female athletes and was a key member of the Australian Women's National Basketball Team, The Opals,
Jackson has won three Olympic silver medals (2000, 2004, 2008) one Olympic bronze (London 2012), the 2006 world championships and Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne 2006.
Jackson was also considered one of the best players in the US WNBA league, where she played for the Seattle Storm from 2001 to 2016.
During that time she’s won two WNBA Championships, 3 WNBA MVP awards, a WNBA Finals MVP and made the All-Star team seven times.
When in Australia, Jackson played in the WNBL for seven-time champions the Canberra Capitals.
More recently, Jackson helped Heilongjiang qualify for the playoffs the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.
In 2014, Jackson became a national Champion for the United Nations Women National Committee Australia and was quoted in the press as saying, "“I hope to be able to be a role model for women, promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world.”
Heather Reid AM - Football Pioneer and Sports Administrator
Award-winning football (soccer) pioneer Heather Reid joined Lauren Jackson as an AWRA Ambassador in October 2013.
Reid has campaigned for increased participation of females in sport throughout her career.
"I am happy to champion AWRA’s vision of a strong and healthy Australia by encouraging more women and girls to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation," Reid said.
Her vision and leadership have been recognised in growing female participation in football (soccer), which is the fastest growing sport for females in Australia.
She was a foundation member of the ANU Women’s Soccer Club, and later as ACT Women’s Soccer Association CEO pioneered women's football competitions in 1978.
In the 1980’s, Reid helped establish a women’s World Cup and successfully lobbied for women’s soccer to be admitted into the Olympic Games.
More recently, she became the first female to be appointed as CEO of a State Football Federation and is the only Australian woman to manage a senior men’s professional football (soccer) team.
Her campaigning for women in football has been recognised with entry to the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame in 2007, the Australian Sports Commission’s Margaret Pewtress Memorial Award for contribution to women in sport in 2006 and an Australian Sports Medal for contribution to soccer and community sport in 2001.
Read more about Heather's journey and listen to an interview by Nikki Henningham recorded on 16 January 2013 at the National Library of Australia as part of the "Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia".
Ric Charlesworth AM - Award Winning Coach
Ric Charlesworth is a strong advocate for women in sport.
“Despite the phenomenal success of Australia’s female sports champions on the world stage, women in sport are paid a token by their sports federations compared to their male counterparts and they have to make enormous personal sacrifices to represent their clubs and country,” Charlesworth said.
“They also get a tiny slice of the media coverage and sponsorship pool compared to the men and this needs to change as a matter of priority to give female role models a greater profile that will inspire more women and girls to be active.“
Ric Charlesworth has excelled both on and off the sporting field. He played hockey at five Olympics and coached the men's hockey teams to an Olympic bronze medal and two World Cup golds. He coached the women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos to two Olympic gold medals, two World Hockey Cups as well as a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
He’s also been a member of Cricket New Zealand's high-performance staff and worked as a consultant for the West Australian AFL team the Fremantle Dockers. In his busy non-sporting life, Charlesworth is also a medical general practitioner and was a former Federal Member of Parliament.
There are currently 10 members of the WSA Board. Read more about them below.
President: Carol Fox
Leadership Training, Education, Mentoring and Coaching, Small Business, People and Culture, Public Speaking, Networking, Promotion.
Owner - Carol Fox & Co - Confident Communication for Leaders.
Grad Dip Education
Graduate Australia Institute of Company Directors
Previous Board Experience:
Australian Board NLP
Victorian Chapter ABNLP
Lorne SLSC Council of Life Saving Delegates LSV
Based in: Melbourne
Deputy Chair: Natasha Norton
Skills:Strategy development, Business development/sponsorship and alliance development, Financial management, Quality and governance and People management
Current Employment:Chief Executive Officer – Accuteque
Former Employment:Chief Operations Officer and Program & Relationship Manager, Accuteque
Program Manager TC&C - Testing; Planning Manager and Integration Manager, Telstra
UAT Test & Implementation Manager, AXA.
Test Manager, TruEnergy Group
Test Coordinator, National Foods
Board Orientation Series, Leadership Victoria
Executive Leadership Program, Melbourne University - Melbourne Business School
Management Accounting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT]
Bachelor of Arts – Political Science & Philosophy, Australian National University
GLOBE – Gays and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise – Vice President and Chair – Strategy & Governance Committee
Vic ICT for Women – Board Member
Vic ICT for Women – Chair of Marketing, Brand and Communications Advisory Committee
Based in: Melbourne
Treasurer: Sarah Kelly
Skills:Accounting and Finance, Leadership, Business, Sport, Coaching
CEO- Water Polo SA
Development Officer - WaterPolo SA
Owner/Operator - Totally Tennis Coaching
Owner Operator - Savvy Financial Services
Bachelor of Accounting and Finance
Diploma in Sports Development
Junior Development Coach - Tennis Australia
Development Coach - Volleyball Australia
Based in: South Australia
Secretary: Sandie Angus
Skills:Corporate governance, legal advice, leadership, company secretarial, contract negotiation, enterprise-wide risk management, strategic planning, ethical conduct
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Energy Queensland Ltd
Executive General Manager, Business Services/General Counsel and Company Secretary, Queensland Treasury Corporation
Bachelor of Laws - University of Queensland
Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
Leadership for Senior Executive Women – University of Queensland
Finance and Risk Management Committee, Australian University Sport
House with No Steps
Based in: Brisbane
Board Director: Alison Buxton
SkillsStrategic Leadership, Brand Marketing, Stakeholder Engagement, Driving Change, Managing Complexity, Governance
Professional Non-Executive Director:
Non-Executive Director & Public Officer Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Pty Ltd Non-Executive Director Wiljuma Pty Ltd & Confoil Pty Ltd Non-Executive Director Australian Shareholders Association
Managing Director and Public Officer ANZ, The Martin-Brower Company
Graduate, Company Directors Course, AICD
Corporate Directors 3-Day Seminar, UNE
Certificate Effective Logistics Management - Centre of Applied Marketing, AGSM
Diploma, Fashion Design - KVB College of Visual Communication
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) - University of N.S.W.
Previous Board Experience
Independent director of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC)
Member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Member of the Stakeholder Communications & Engagement Committee
Based in: Melbourne
Board Director: Louise Evans
Internal and External Communications, Writing, Editing and Publishing, Media Engagement & Management, Crisis Management, Presenting, Facilitating, Public Speaking, Traditional and Social Media Engagement and Management, Documentary Maker, Event Planning/Staging/Management, Mentoring, Networking.
Communications Consultant Quay Advisers
Journalist: The Canberra Times, Australian Associated Press, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC
Sports Writer: Australian Associated Press, Sydney Morning Herald
Foreign Correspondent Chine and Great Britain: Australian Associated Press
Sports Editor, Features Editor, Managing Editor, Commercial Editor: The Australian
Night Manager Communications: London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee
News Service Supervisor: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Author and Documentary Maker: Passage to Pusan - a non fiction Australian family wartime story that started as a book and became a touring exhibition and documentary.
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Queensland
Leading with Impact, News Corp Leadership Diploma
Based in: Sydney
Board Director: Rosemary Hermans
Skills:Community Development, Business Administration, Project Management, Marketing, Communications, Research, Policy and Advocacy, Quality Frameworks
Current Employment:Quality Manager, Prestige Inhome Services
Education:Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Doctorate of Philosophy, Swinburne University
Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University
Graduate Diploma of Development Studies, Deakin University
Executive Certificate of Business Administration, Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
Committee Member and Secretary – ANZSTR (Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research)
Board Director – Alpha Autism State Representative
AACASA (Australian African Children’s Aid & Support Association) Social Secretary
VWSKFA (Victorian Water Skiing and Kite Flying Association) Committee Member and Vice-President
MAPS (Monash University Mature and Part-time Students Association)
Based in: Melbourne
Board Director: Emily Mogic
Digital Portfolio and Delivery Management, Vendor Management, Coaching agile, SCRUM, SAFe, and Lean principles and practices, Public speaking, Photography, Website management.
Enterprise Coach, ANZ
Senior Delivery Consultant, ANZ
Principal Consultant, Revolution IT
Graduate Diploma of Marketing
Bachelor of Business Systems
Based in: Melbourne
Board Director: Gen Simmons
Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Social Media, Speech Writing, Copy Editing, Website Management.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Gymnastics Victoria
Senior Associate of Marketing and Communications, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union
Social Media Strategist, Racing.com (Racing Victoria)
Digital Communications Manager, Netball Australia & the ANZ Championship
Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communication) - RMIT University
Based in: Melbourne
Board Director: Raelene Turner
Advisor, Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership, Strategic Business Planning, Human Resources Management, Career Development and Transition, Organisation Development, Change Management, Commercial Business, Financial Acumen, Facilitation, Negotiation, Influencing.
HR Consultant, Rae Turner & Associates
Manager People and Culture, Etihad Stadium
Director Human Resources, Tennis Australia
National Manager Human Resources, Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners
Human Resources Manager, Nine Network Melbourne
Graduate Diploma of Business Human Resource Management, Swinburne University
Advanced Program in Human Resource Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education
Board of Governance member – Inner East Mental Health Services Association
Board of Governance member – Victorian Mental Health Carers Network - Tandem
Based in: Melbourne