Sport for Women

Sports Stars descend on Canberra for the Centenary of Canberra Sportswomen’s Ball

Sport for Women Day on 27th February focuses on the best in women’s sport.

The highlight of the Day is the Centenary of Canberra’s Sportswomen’s Ball in the Great Hall, Parliament House. A celebration of all that is good in women’s sport, we will be announcing the Top 100 Australian sportswomen of all time. Awards will be made to the Top 3, the greatest female team of all time and the Top Canberran in the top 100.

Is it golfer Karrie Webb who recently won her 8th major championship title? Is it Lauren Jackson, arguably Australia’s greatest ever basketballer?

What about legend of the track, Betty Cuthbert, Sydney 2000 Olympic hero, Cathy Freeman or 9 times Paralympic gold medalist, Louise Sauvage?

Let’s not forget team players Belinda Clarke and Julie Dolan. They represented the Southern Stars and Matildas respectively and every year the best cricketer and footballer are honoured with a medal in their names.

Can we go past Dawn Fraser? Who, in 1999, was awarded not only “Australian Athlete of the Century” by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame but also the “World Athlete of the Century” at the World Sports Awards in Vienna.

The stars will be joined by Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Chief Minister of the ACT, Katy Gallagher MLA, CEO Basketball Hon Kristina Keneally and CEO Netball Kate Palmer together with sporting leaders and politicians from all parties

The Sportswomen’s Ball is proudly supported by the Centenary of Canberra Unit of the ACT Government.

AGENDA Conference

During the day the AGENDA conference will bring together 100 elite sportswomen and sporting administrators for a full day of hands-on workshops and engaging discussions aimed at building a positive, practical and inspiring vision for the future of women in sport in Australia.

In the administrator stream presentations from ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr, ACTEWAGL CEO Michael Costello, Canberra Times Sports Editor Chris Wilson, Australian Opals and Canberra Capitals Head Coach Carrie Graf and Capital Football CEO Heather Reid will examine how Canberra’s sports teams have achieved the success they have and debate how this model can be improved and/or replicated around the nation.

Caroline Buchanan (via video), Kerri Pottharst OAM and Sarah Wall will address our athletes on their own careers. We will discuss with them what they consider the core components of their success and field questions on what our attending elite sportswomen can do to achieve similar professional accomplishments.

Workshops will include ‘Effective Social Media for Sportswomen’ and ‘Becoming the Media’; delegates will walk away with a plan on how to best use social media in 10 minutes a day, and, with their own fully functioning, live website and blog.

The conference is preceded by a schoolgirl’s breakfast and sporting careers fair inspiring the future of Australian women’s sport.

The AGENDA Conference and the Schoolgirls’ Breakfast are proudly supported by the ACT Government Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

For more information, contact Andy Turnbull 0400 695204 or Danielle Warby