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2021 recap: Women in Sport

It’s been another unusual year all around the world, but one thing that we got to see a lot more of was sport on a global scale.

Whether it was back home here in Australia, or overseas at the delayed Olympics, Aussie athletes shone on the world’s stage.

Some of our Board Members look back on the year that was in Women’s sport and the highlights from 2021…

Gen Simmons, President:

When it comes to looking back at the key sporting moments of 2021 it’s hard to go past the Tokyo Olympics. After the games being delayed in 2020, it was so inspiring to see them go ahead – especially at a time when NSW and Victoria were in lockdown. 

Thinking about all the incredible Olympic performances – there were plenty of standout women in sport moments – the women’s 4x100m freestyle medley, Ariane Titmus, Kaylee McKeown, and of course the triumph of Jess Fox. 

The other moment I can’t go past is Ash Barty winning Wimbledon!!

David Bond:

It was great to see the Aussie Women 7s bounce back from not defending their Olympic title to winning back-to-back Cup finals in the World Rugby Seven’s Series.

Jess Ivers:

Watching Ash Barty win Wimbledon and her tribute to Evonne Goolagong with her outfit and her speech was so incredible to see. It felt like all of Australia were up watching her make history and I love that sport can unify us all like that.

Seeing Sam Kerr help Chelsea FC to a FIFA World Cup was also pretty special! We all knew how good she is but her form this year was on another level.

Notable highlights:

  • Madison de Rozario winning Gold in Tokyo and finishing first in the New York Marathon Wheelchair race
  • NSW Swifts becoming 2021 Super Netball Champions
  • A Leagues becoming just that – one joined entity meaning the Men’s and Women’s leagues are no longer divided
  • Hosting the Women In Sport Breakfast with Layne Beachley, Lucy Stephan, Ellie Cole and Emily Whitehead
  • Belle Brockhoff finishing on the podium for the sixth straight time in Italy
  • Paige Greco becoming a Paralympic Gold Medalist in C-3. Not too long ago, Paige was a track athlete…

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