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Meet the Judges

The judges will favour entries that portray the strength, skill and athleticism of australian sportswomen actively participating in sport at any level in australia

Hon. Richard Colbeck

Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck loves sport and has been involved with local sporting groups and clubs for many years.
Richard was elected as Senator for Tasmania in 2001. He has held several parliamentary roles in the Australian Government, including in the areas of agriculture, forestry, finance, industry, science, research, and trade and Investment.
As Minister Sport, he has a strong focus on local and community sport in Australia. He is also Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.

Samantha Lane

Multi award-winning journalist and author Samantha Lane is a media trailblazer. Her experience and reach across media platforms is unique.
Sport Australia Awards winner and 2019 Walkley Awards finalist for her interview with Adam Goodes, Sam was a Walkley winner in 2013 for a Fairfax Media team entry of Australia’s largest sport doping scandal.
Sam’s first book, ROAR – the stories behind the rise of AFLW, is unparalleled. She has been engaged nationally to discuss the change catalysed through the rise of women’s sport since ROAR’s 2018 release. In October 2019 she delivered a keynote address on the topic at the Australian Embassy in Paris, France. ROAR won a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award in 2019.

Cassie Trotter

Cassie Trotter Spencer has 20 years of experience in the media industry across radio, television and photography. As the Director of Editorial for Getty Images Asia Pacific, Cassie works with a team of editors and photographers to deliver high-quality news, sport, and entertainment imagery to its global media subscribers. A native Canadian, Cassie moved to Sydney in 2010 after working in Press Operations and Photography for the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Cassie’s experience includes working for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and the global Getty Images Sport team at the last four Olympic Games. Cassie is the co-founder of Australian Women in Photography (AUSWIP), an organisation created to develop, promote, and support female and non-binary creatives in the photographic industry. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC and holds a degree in Journalism.

Selina Steele

Summer and Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Ashes Series, AFL Grand Finals, State of Origins … Selina has more than 25 years’ experience working for major media company News Corp, the past 10 holding down senior editorial positions. In her current role as Head of Sport Partnerships for News360 division, Selina works across all News Corp mastheads, juggling editorial and commercial demands on our multiple platforms (print/digital). Why the passion for women’s sport? Because we owe it to each other to inspire and connect by sharing our stories.