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What Women Want – Women in Sport Brunch a huge success

Over 500 people gathered at Marvel Stadium for the 10th annual Women in Sport Brunch, hosted by Women Sport Australia (WSA) in partnership with Victoria University.

In a transformational year for women in sport, athletes, professionals and WSA Board Directors joined to discuss the topic ‘What Women Want’ at the iconic stadium in Docklands.

It was a celebration of the year that was for women’s sport, with attendees re-living some of the most of the iconic moments of 2023, including Netball World Cup, expansion of the NRLW and AFLW, and of course, the incredible FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Outgoing President Gen Dohrmann recapped the last 12 months for WSA, highlighting the work of the 11-member volunteer board with roundtable discussions, the Women in Sport Photo Action Awards (WISPAA) and advocacy initiatives run throughout the year. 

Dohrmann then had a fireside chat with incoming President Helena Dorczak and Golf Victoria Women & Girls Engagement Coordinator Brioney Wandin-Thomas about their leadership roles in sport and how being a woman has impacted their careers for good. 

The 2023 panel of Camilla Brockett, Associate Director of Research and Deputy Leader of the Sport Performance and Business research program at Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport, Suzie Betts, CEO and Founder of Boob Armour, Olivia McGannon, Head of Brand Marketing at Decjuba, and Sarah Wall, CEO and Founder of NetFit Australia discussed the topic ‘What Women Want’ with facilitator, sports journalist and presenter, Rana Hussain.

Playing attire for women, mental health of female athletes, breast injuries in sport and a passion for wanting to empower kids in sport were spoken about in front of the capacity crowd. 

You can watch the entire panel discussion thanks to Kommunity TV and NewsCorp Australia.

The event concluded with a chance to recognise some champions from the community with the Women in Sport Recognition Awards.

Champions awarded were:

  • Dr Kara Dadswell, nominated by Victoria University.
  • Melanie Jenkins, nominated by Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Victoria. 
  • Dani Monmtague, nominated by Netball Australia.
  • Rebecca Lewis, nominated by Basketball Victoria.
  • Fran Hurndall, nominated by Women Sport Australia. 
  • Cortnee Vine, nominated by A-Leagues

Thank you to our partners for the event:

Major Sponsor: Victoria University

Founding Partner: Gymnastics Victoria

Event Partner: Code Sports, Kommunity TV

Gold Partner: Netball Australia

Silver Partners: A-Leagues, Basketball Victoria

Bronze Partners: Vic Sport, Commonwealth Games Australia, AFL & Marvel Stadium, Carlton Football Club, Tabcorp


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