- Chief Executive Officer and Sports administrator
Written by Nikki Henningham, The University of Melbourne, with the National Film and Sound Archive
Heather Reid is the daughter of migrants from Scotland who spent most of her childhood growing up in the Snowy Mountains, in the community of migrants that built the Snowy Mountain Hydro-electricity Scheme. It was here that her love of sport, particularly soccer, developed, along with her belief that women and girls should have equal access to the enjoyment of participating in sport. The bulk of her adult working life has seen her working to create opportunities for women to experience equality of access.
Apart from helping to establish women's soccer in Canberra in 1978, Reid played a significant role in developing the sport at a national level. She introduced state representative teams for women in 1980, coached the first ACT Under 15 teams in 1983, pioneered the establishment of a women's world cup and successfully lobbied for the inclusion of women's soccer in the Olympic Games. In 2003 she was appointed to the position of General Manager of Women's Soccer Canberra and in 2004 she was appointed CEO of Soccer Canberra (now Capital Football) thus becoming the first woman to lead a State football association.
Starting in soccer administration, her professional and personal interest then broadened to creating equal opportunity for women in all types of sport, through her involvement in advocacy organisations and statutory authorities.Between 1990-1992 she was a Director of Womensport ACT, National Executive Director of Womensport Australia 1994-1998 and was a member of Australian Womensport and Recreation Association 2007-2012. She was the longest-standing member of the ACT Sport and Recreation Council when she resigned in 2002, having joined in 1991. Between 2003-2008 she was a member and chair of the ACT Advisory Council on Women and Sport and was a member of the ACT Sport and Recreation Council in 2008-2012. Heather has also worked for the Australian Sports Commission, as a consultant to the Women and Sport Unit 1999-2001 and as a project officer, Ethics and Women's Sport, between 2002-2003.
Heather Reid has been recognised for her outstanding service to sport in Canberra and at a national level. In 2000 she was the ACT Sport Star of the Year in the administrator category and in 2001 she received an Australian Sports Medal for her contribution to soccer and community sport. In 2006, she won the Australian Sports Commission's Margaret Pewtress Memorial Award for her contribution to enhancing opportunities for women in sport.
- Sports Administrator
Janice Crosswhite (nee Steel) is an advocate for gender equity in sport who has enjoyed a lifetime of involvement, as a player, teacher, coach, administrator, volunteer and community leader. Her influence has been felt locally and globally; from establishing keep fit classes for women in a newly developing rural fringe community near Melbourne, Victoria, to providing leadership as Vice President of the International Association for Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (2009-2013). For many years, Crosswhite has worked energetically and effectively to promote and support women's access to and involvement in sport in the community. She has an Australian Sports Medal (2000) for her services to basketball and her Order of Australia (2001) was in recognition of her services to the community and women's sport. She is the current (2013) president of the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association (AWRA), a not for profit organisation that 'supports the active participation of women and girls in sport, physical activity and recreation' aims to 'provide advocacy and leadership for the progress and facilitation of opportunities for Australian women and girls in and through sport, physical activity and recreation' (AWRA Website).
Born in 1944 in East Melbourne Janice, the child of a homemaker and a fireman, lived in fire stations around Melbourne until she got married. 'The fire brigade was like an extended family,' she observed, forming a close knit, supportive community that was very important to the wives and families of the men who worked there (Interview). Primary schooling was in a variety of locations around inner Melbourne and she attended secondary school at University High School in Parkville.
University High School was, according to Crosswhite, 'a very special school, a school that developed its children well' (Interview) In the late 1950s early 1960s, when she attended the school there was a diverse enrolment of children from working and middle class backgrounds who were encouraged by staff and each other to develop a sense of pride in themselves and the school. It was an 'important place for developing young women,' she says, 'and there have been many trailblazing women amongst the alumni,' including acclaimed scientists, Professors Elizabeth Blackburn and Suzanne Cory, entertainer Olivia Newton-John and Victoria's first woman premier, Joan Kirner (Interview). There was a very strong sports program that produced Olympic athletes (Judy Amoore and Pam Kilburn). Crosswhite participated enthusiastically and was named one of the top 100 sports people at the school. Interestingly, it was in the school sporting arena that she first noticed gender inequity. University High School had a talent identification scheme for boys but not girls.
Crosswhite studied Physical Education at the University of Melbourne at the same time as she trained for a secondary teachers' certificate at Melbourne State College. Sport was integral to her sense of self and identity; 'I enjoyed using my body and my brain to produce and do things,' she says (Interview). Her sports of choice were softball and basketball and she played both at an elite level while studying. She graduated top of her class in 1964 and chose to work at Preston Technical School when she started her career in teaching in 1965, because they had the best facilities in the state. In an era without consent forms, she was able to use the surrounding neighbourhood to advantage during lessons, deciding on the spur of the moment to take classes of girls running in local playgrounds, or along the Merri Creek, looking always for the opportunity to inject variety into lessons. She was always on the lookout for discrimination too. She saw no reason why the boys should always get first use of the facilities, as was traditionally the case in coed schools and began her advocacy on behalf of girls who want to enjoy sport in the school yard. Her efforts were noticed and she well mentored at Preston Technical College by a supportive principal, Chloe Williams, who valued her passion and allowed her the space to be creative with it. Reflecting on her life as a leader in volunteer organisations, Crosswhite has no doubt that her experience as a sports mistress was vital to the development of her leadership skills. 'Most good teachers,' she says, 'have highly developed communication skills, which are essential to good leadership', but most of them, except the drama, music or sports teachers, don't have to organise cross-school events.' Running school sporting events assisted in the development of her project management and organisational skills. Being a sports mistress also helped her to develop her people management skills, especially as she constantly had to 'cajole reluctant participants' (Interview).
In 1970, Crosswhite married an Australian representative basketballer, Perry Crosswhite, who, like Janice, went on to have a distinguished career in sports administration in Australia. She also left classroom teaching, after five years of classroom teaching to take up a position in the Victorian Department of Education Physical Education Centre, becoming the first woman advisor to Phys Ed teachers in technical school. The role gave her further opportunities to speak up for girls in sport who she insisted should be properly provided for in curriculum and not just treated as an afterthought. The work was interesting, and she discovered that there were career benefits to being a woman in phys ed teaching, quick promotion through the ranks being one of them and the creative opportunity to develop new programs another. She had her first baby in 1974, returned to work full time in 1975 and then a year later decided she would leave work to look after her child. The timing was right for a change, not only for family reasons, but because she felt she wanted time to think about new career challenges.
Living in a new suburb on the urban fringe, Crosswhite saw what isolation could do to new mothers with young families and established community initiatives to create connectedness. She ran popular keep fit classes in the local hall, using her own property as part of the circuit so she could keep the costs down. It was during this period that her habit for volunteering was established. Having lived all her life in well-established areas of the city, there was something about moving to an area where community was being built that inspired her. 'Happiness comes from being grounded in your community,' she believes, 'and that happiness leads to you wanting to give back as best you can. There is a sense of worth that comes with volunteering' (Interview).
Ever after, that sense of engagement through volunteering has been a driving force in Crosswhite's career, as has the importance of equality of access to opportunities for sport and recreation. As the Crosswhites moved from Melbourne, to Canberra to Sydney and then back to Melbourne, mainly due to employment opportunities made available to Perry (including with the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Olympic Committee) Janice found work in the developing health and recreation industry and associated bureaucracies. In Canberra in the early 1980s she worked for the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). She also progressed through various volunteer and paid administrative positions within school and community systems, setting up non-sexist education committees and working on programs to encourage equal opportunity for girls in community sport.
But it was in volunteering and the non-profit sector that she thrived. What began as an involvement in community sport through her presence on school councils and at the clubs that her children played for led to greater responsibilities. She served as President of the Manly-Warringah Basketball Association, winning an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for services to basketball. In 1995 she was a founding president of the advocacy organisation, WomenSport and Recreation NSW, and a member of the NSW Government's Advisory Committee for WomenSport Australia. In 2005 she became a founding president of AWRA, a position she still holds in 2013. As the main advocate for women's sporting organisations in Australia it exists to improve opportunities for females across the sports industry and at all levels of sport and recreation. It aims to support and work in collaboration with the state-based women's sport bodies from around Australia. It is work she is passionate about because, as someone who reaped the rewards of an active life, she has a strong belief, not only in the mental and physical benefits of a life that includes sport and recreation, but in the importance of women's participation as a vehicle to promote gender equality and empowerment at a broader cultural level. In particular, women who take leadership roles in sporting organisations are 'challenging stereotypes, especially about women's capabilities as leaders and decision makers' (Interview).
Crosswhite's own experience as a sportswoman has been her biggest teacher. While principal Chloe Williams gave her guidance in the school context, most of her leadership training was experiential, through observation of women she played team sports with in the early 1960s. Softball players who chose to pursue their careers in sport, who chose to remain single and not have children, some of whom were probably in same sex relationships, all provided her with 'different models of achievement'. They were 'strong women who did what they wanted to do', did not conform to traditional understandings of domestic femininity and 'this made them interesting people,' she observes (Interview). Furthermore, experiencing the dynamic of the team gave her important insight to the tasks associated with, and the skills required for leadership. 'You learned social and well as physical values … how to deal with people outside your own life experience … and who you may not particularly like … but with whom you share a goal.' As President of an advocacy service that represents a wide range of organisational views and interests, that leadership lesson remains as important now as it was then. 'Learning how to get people to buy into your message is crucial to good leadership' (Interview). And, of course, through playing team sport, one learns resilience and strategies for dealing with things when they don't go your way, or are out of your control. Working in advocacy organisations and the various funding environments they must deal with, it's vital to 'learn how to ride the swings and roundabouts, how to deal with lean times and devise strategies for survival' (Interview).
Crosswhite has also learned that consultation and cooperation with, 'the enemy', i.e. men's sporting organisations, might prove to be more effective than confrontation. 'Increasingly,' she says, 'I focus less on 'women's sport' and talk more about improving the sports industry as a whole by maximising women's potential. I focus on the benefits of parity' (Interview).
To that end, as well as promoting the interests of women's sport to government and broadcast authorities, AWRA has made capacity building and leadership training for women a priority, because women undervalue their own leadership potential and need help recognising and refining what they bring to the board room. Although there have been some significant female appointments to dual gender sporting organisations, for example Kristina Kenneally to Basketball Australia and Heather Reid to Capital Football, the industry is still dominated by men who tend to appoint other men to boards, thus perpetuating patriarchal organisational cultures. 'The industry as a whole will benefit from women's participation,' says Crosswhite. 'Diverse boards are the hardest to work with as a leader, but they are the most effective ... Encouraging women's leadership in the sports industry will result in better outcomes for men's and women's sport' (Interview).
Written by Nikki Henningham, The University of Melbourne
Meet Catherine Ordway, an Independent Director, Australian Canoeing (Appointed 11th April 2012) and Senior Lecturer and PhD candidate in Sports Management at University of Canberra.
Catherine Ordway is an international expert in the field of sports law and anti-doping. She is also an experienced investigator with a Graduate Diploma in Investigations Management. Catherine has contributed to a wide range of investigations, prosecuted before administrative tribunals and conducted hearings, including as Chair, in the sports environment and within the Australian Public Service. Catherine has lived in Europe (Norway) and in the Middle East (Qatar). Catherine is currently an Independent Director of Canoeing Australia and was on the Advisory Board for the 2012 Asia Pacific World Sport and Women conference. She is a member of the IBAF (international baseball), SportAccord (GAISF Association of International Sports Federations) and ICC (international cricket) anti-doping tribunals and currently a Chair of the Capital Football disciplinary committee.
You were involved with Ruth Medd, Chair, Women on Boards in the genesis of WOB. Can you tell us what you were trying to achieve?
In the lead-up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, I was working as a solicitor for the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). At that time, the International Olympic Committee had set a target that by 2005, a minimum of 20% of all National Olympic Committee boards must be women. On behalf of the AOC, I sought an exemption from the Victorian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal to require that the President and Vice-President of the AOC Athletes Commission had to be of different genders. A representative of the Athletes Commission sat on the AOC Board, thereby ensuring that, alternately at least, this person would be a woman.
As the AOC Board is otherwise composed of representatives from the National Sports Organisations, who are in turn composed of representatives from the State Sports Organisations (SSOs), most of whom were male presidents at the state and therefore national level, this led to me to think about how we could influence the number of women at the state board level. I started to call around the NSW SSOs to find out when their elections would be coming up, how many positions were to be voted on and whether they had given the skills composition of their board any thought. For example, if they said they were looking for someone with a finance background, I would contact my female friends and colleagues to see if I could put some names forward for the election. The sports organisations were mainly concerned to ensure a good cultural "fit", so I aimed to provide 3-5 names each time.
Phoning around to match organisations with suitably skilled women was obviously an unsustainable strategy, so I sent an email to a number of my friends and colleagues in the industry to see if they had any ideas on how we could streamline this process. Ruth Medd (inaugural and current WOB Chair) and I had a brainstorming session, and I approached the NSW Department of Sport & Recreation about a funding proposal through the Womens Sport & Recreation board I was a member of. The idea was to join with women's groups such as NFAW that Ruth was a member of, Zonta, and others to set up a register of women interested in joining sports boards, and put them in contact with women who were already on boards who could mentor the aspirants. Ruth had many contacts in the senior executive ranks, and she rallied together 10 mentors. The result was a function in March 2001 involving 80 women, who heard speakers breakdown some of the myths and concerns women had about joining boards.
What has changed for women on sports boards since that time?
Nothing. Disappointingly, the WOB Board Diversity Index just published for 2011 indicates that the percentage of women on sports boards has actually dropped in the last 12 months. [AWRA Note, as of January 2014, 28.9% of the positions on national sports boards are filled by women.]
What can this be accredited to?
Most sports and teams in Australia benefit to some extent from Government funding. I do not support the view espoused by the previous Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chairman, Warwick Smith, at the 2011 WOB Diversity Conference, that the ASC's role is to be merely "aspirational" in this context. If leading by example were sufficient, the ASC's 50-50 gender split on their board would have been replicated on sports board across the country some time ago. To suggest that the current system is "merit-based" is insulting.
I support introducing a raft of new initiatives that provide the skills and confidence to more women so they will apply for decision-making positions. I would like to see it mandated that all board and CEO positions be advertised, using inclusive language to encourage women and those from a culturally diverse background to apply. Some initiatives being looked at include turning over the Board and CEO positions more often, so that the same person cannot hold a decision making position for more than one term. Also, one term should not exceed three years. It may then also be possible to include a quota system that reflects the number of applicants to ensure that no single gender holds more than 60% of decision-making positions in an organisation. There is a lot that can be done to ensure there is an open and transparent process. I would also welcome a merit and values based assessment of all current boards.
What involvement do you have in continuing to shine the spot light on the issue?
With women currently holding the positions of Governor-General, Prime Minister, several state Governors and Premiers and immediate past Premiers, and importantly the current Sports Minister in Kate Lundy, I am optimistic that the time is right to make deep and lasting changes to the composition of decision-making positions in sport, and the presentation of women's sport in the media. Both Governor-General Bryce and Minister Lundy will be the key note speakers at the Asia Pacific World Sport and Women conference (Melbourne, 7-9 October 2012) at which Women on Boards will also be speaking, and I expect they will be presenting some of the positive initiatives to create a legacy on this issue.
I am also involved with the Centenary of Canberra National Women's Sporting Congress which will be held in February 2013. Canberra currently has three very successful national women's teams that do not have male team counterparts and this makes Canberra unique in women's sport. The Congress will involve an examination of the success of women's sport in Canberra and the ability to transplant aspects of that success to other centres.
Tell us about your board role at Australian Canoeing.
In April 2012, I was appointed as the second independent member to the Board. Independent Directors should have specific skills in commerce, finance, marketing, law or business generally or such other skills which compliment the Board composition, but need not have experience in or exposure to the sport of canoeing. The remaining Board members (5 of 7), are referred to as "Interested Directors" as they have sport-specific knowledge and are nominated by their State Federations. The Board is expected to provide strategic direction and oversee the operations of Australian Canoeing.
How did you find and get the role?
I saw the advertisement in the weekly WOB Vacancies email back in early March 2012. I sent in my CV, and then had an interview via teleconference with the CEO, President and another Board member. My appointment was announced on 18 April 2012, which is a much quicker turnaround than you could expect from a Government appointment, for example.
What board / committee roles have you held previously?
Apart from the Australia Canoeing board, I am on the Advisory Board for the 2012 Asia Pacific World Sport and Women conference. I am also a member of the IBAF (international baseball), SportAccord (GAISF Association of International Sports Federations) and ICC (international cricket) anti-doping tribunals. I am currently a Chair of the Capital Football disciplinary committee.
I have held several other board positions in sport, including with the Women's Soccer Association, Womensport & Recreation (NSW), Women's Cricket (NSW), Capital Football and the ACT Association for Women in Sport & Recreation. I Chaired the successful 2009 Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) Conference Co-ordination Committee. My role as a mentor with the Capital Football mentoring project in 2011 was also extremely rewarding.
What is your career background?
I was first admitted to legal practice in South Australia in 1993, having obtained my Law/Arts degree from Adelaide University. I am the first lawyer in my family. Coming from country South Australia, I was pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in suburban Adelaide private practices, including with Nick Xenophon, before moving to Canberra to take up a position with Snedden, Hall & Gallop in 1994. As a result of winning the Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association 1st Time Presenter's Prize in 1996, I joined Browne & Co to open their Sydney office. There I became a Senior Associate and I primarily advised the Australian Olympic Committee on intellectual property, trademarks and anti-doping issues in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. I developed an interest and expertise in anti-doping at this time through prosecuting approximately one third of the world's anti-doping cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In 2001 I moved to Oslo to work in the anti-doping and ethics department of the Norwegian Olympic Committee (which subsequently became Anti-Doping Norway). After establishing the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations, I moved to Qatar to take on the role of Head of the Anti-Doping Program for the 2006 Asian Games. Immediately prior to the Games, I returned to Canberra, as I had accepted the role of Group Director, Enforcement with the newly established Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). I then left ASADA in June 2008 in order to set up my own consultancy business, specialising in sport and anti-doping. This allowed me to complete a Graduate Diploma in Investigations Management focused on inter-agency collaboration and information sharing between law enforcement and anti-doping organisations.
What is the driver for your specialisation in anti-doping?
I am passionate about sport and its capacity to create happier communities. I work to promote clean sport to ensure that children can excel and enjoy all the health and social benefits of sport into the future.
Where did your passion for sport begin?
My mum came from a sporting family, where the women played representative hockey for my home town of Whyalla, South Australia. My mum played A Grade and representative tennis and netball in her younger days, and I remember many hours spent at the back of the squash courts with my brother watching my mum on Monday nights. At university I played tennis, netball, mixed basketball, intervarsity fencing and state level handball. I went on to be selected for the national handball squad. I then moved to Canberra, and as a South Aussie, I had to take up rugby union, so I could understand another football code, and I represented the ACT for a season.
Were you involved in the London Olympics?
Yes, during 2008-2010, I assisted Drug-Free Sport, then within UK Sport, to transition into the stand-alone agency, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). UKAD was established as a non-departmental public body. The vision then was to develop a world-leading National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) which would be in a position to fully implement the new World Anti-Doping Code, minimise the threat of doping at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and provide the UK with a lasting legacy as a leader in the global fight against doping in sport. My role was to provide expert advice on the requirements for a world class NADO, and to develop UKAD's intelligence management function.
Can you tell us about your work for the Istanbul bid?
Turkey has nominated Istanbul as a Candidate to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. I am engaged as one of the consultants to provide expert advice on anti-doping through the consulting group, Event Knowledge Services. The International Olympic Committee will conduct the election of the Host City for the 2020 Olympic Games on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Who will you be cheering for during the Olympics?
Naturally I will be cheering on the canoers and paddlers! I am also Australia's IAAF anti-doping delegate, so I will be willing Sally Pearson, Dani Samuels and Genevieve LaCaze to put in their best performances as I have been watching them during the Grand Prix season. The Matildas were robbed of their spot by the North Koreans, but I will be cheering on the Opals, and hoping the women's rowing 8s quiet any remaining critics for their inclusion. My sentimental favourite is Anna Mears, who has come back from a horrific injury on the bike, and deserves all of our encouragement on the track. For the Paralympics, I will be hoping that Carol Cooke will do well on the trike, as she was selected ahead of my friends Brandie O'Connor and Kerry Knowler in the Para-cycling.
Any tips for WOBers who are interested in being involved in sports boards?
My tip is to directly approach any sport you have an interest in, and tell them what you have to offer. Apart from the professional sports and teams, sports organisations and event organising committees are always looking for volunteers, as they rarely have the money to pay boards or committees. Even if the majority of board representatives must come from the sport, many have vacant independent board positions, and capacity to take on people through sub-committee structures. While most of the paid positions have been secured by men up until now, the good news is that there are almost endless opportunities for women to become volunteers in the sports of their choice.
This profile has been reproduced by AWRA with permission from Catherine Ordway and WOB. Interview in 2012.
Head Coach/Administrator at NT Tenpin Bowling Association.
Netball, Basketball, Softball, Hockey, Volleyball, Tenpin Bowling
Sporting Heroes and Influences on career:
John Halbert (Sturt SANFL Captain and player) for the way he always conducted himself and was a role model for all junior sports persons.
Husband George who could play any sport and play it at the highest level.
Dick Ritger former pro Tenpin Bowler and world renowned coach he taught me not only the art of teaching but how to help and encourage those I coach to have better life skills and balance.
Keith Kemp, a passionate sportsman and sports administrator who showed that anything is possible to organise and achieve in sport.
Personal Influences on sporting career:
My mum and dad who both played and loved all sports and encouraged me to do the same, transporting me to all games and sports which I chose to play often becoming involved as Coaches and Umpires to help out. The small children I have coached who are now adults, they have influenced me to change my style of coaching over a period of 18 years. Michelle Paccagnella Sports psych at NTIS motivated me at all times and taught me to never to accept an excuse for anything from athletes or coaches, that is a cop out they must always be responsible for their own actions and that has been the code that I have coached by over the last 10 years.
Greatest Sporting moments:
Watching son Ronald bowling a perfect 300 game in Walter Rachuig Competition and Coaching winning Walter Rachuig Team NT Men in 2001.
Being with husband George when he became an NT Administrator's Northern Territory Role Model receiving the Steve Abala Award.
Being inducted into the Northern Territory Sporting Hall of Champions Honour Roll and then being inducted into the Tenpin Bowling Australia Hall of Fame.
Since 1988 when I first became a coach I have coached over 600 individual Territory bowlers and prepared 12 successful Territorians to be National Team members and coaches in all categories School age, Youth and Adult.
All positions with Tenpin Bowling Australia and the Northern Territory Institute of Sport have also been as a volunteer and continue to current in that manner.
Arafura Games has been a pet event and I have been either the Co-ordinator or the Asian Liaison for Tenpin Bowling for every event held in Darwin so far since 1991.
Awarded joint award from Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Paul Henderson, an award for over 35 years service to Tenpin Bowling, promotion of women in sport in the Northern Territory and promotion of the Northern Territory through sport.
Inducted into the Tenpin Bowling Australia Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the National Championships.
Inducted into Northern Territory Hall of Champions, Honour Roll for services to sport in the community. This presentation took place at the Gala Dinner for the NT Sports Awards.
Feeling that the NT Tenpin Bowling Association needed to restructure has taken back the position of Executive Officer for the Association, has worked with a new committee to restructure the sport, increase membership in all categories and introduce some new events.
With Cheryl Munson coaches the Northern Territory Rachuig Teams to a silver medal in the Champion State/Territory at the Rachuig Competition, the highest place in that division since the Northern Territory commenced in the competition in 1978.
Prepared Northern Territory Rachuig Team with one goal, to win Ladies Rachuig Division and together with Ms Munson High Performance Coach and Ball Technician, Cheryl Munson OAM achieved that goal. The first NT ladies team to win this event since the Rachuig Competition began in the 1960s.
Awarded Lifetime Recognition Award to Tenpin Bowling Australia Limited for services to the sport at a local, national and international level in areas of administration, coaching, creating tournaments and development programs for all levels of athlete and coaches. She was also recognised for having an extraordinary vision for the sport in Australia.
Awarded the NTIS 10 year service award for continued outstanding volunteer service to the Northern Territory Institute of Sport and Tenpin Bowling Program and athletes.
Coached the Youth Girls Team to win first youth team medal for the Northern Territory.
Won NT Sports Awards, Coach of year Category. Named in American Bowlers Journal in top 100 females (position 75) to influence the sport of tenpin bowling in the world.
Named in Bowlers Journal top 100 influential women in World Tenpin Bowling (ranking 72).
Awarded the Australian Sports Medal by Prime Minister John Howard. Nominated by the Australian Sports Commission.
Elected to the Asian Bowling Federation as Vice President for Oceania as well as sub committees for World Tenpin Bowling Association for Women's Affairs, Commonwealth Games and Coaching. Served on these committees until 2004 but creating a strong network for the Northern Territory Tenpin Bowling Association.
Became the first female to head Tenpin Bowling Australia as Chairperson
Received the NT Sports Award, Administrator of the Year.