Sport for Women

Sport for Women Day 2012

Sport for Women Day 2012 was a social occasion, bringing the Canberra community together in a celebration of women in sport.

Sporting stars and celebrities from all over Australia were on hand to demonstrate their talents and provide expert tuition for all with Canberra United and Touch Football Australia hosting tournaments throughout the day.

Held on Sunday April 1st, Canberra was the primary location in Australia for the event in 2012. Starting at 11am at Stage 88 (Commonwealth Park West), there was no better place to raise the profile and participation of women in sport than right on the footsteps of Parliament House and on the toes of our key opinion leaders.

It was a FREE festival, celebrating healthy, active and balanced lifestyles for women through sporting and recreational activity. Participants joined in free Les Mills Class of Sh’Bam or Body Combat, and any of 30 interactive sports demonstrations like skeet shooting, touch football or cricket.

A social occasion for all the family, bringing the community together to share experiences, exchange stories and participate in a day of fun filled activity. There were Sporting Champions from the Canberra Capitals, Canberra United and a whole host more. It was a great day with women and their families from all walks of life and all parts of Australia taking part in this initiative.


Sport for Women Day 2012 was officially opened by Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport.

Sarah Walsh (Sydney FC, Matildas) on why we need to support women in sport, televising women's sport and the importance of events like Sport for Women Day.

Demonstrations & Activities

  • Aquatots
  • Animalates
  • Archery
  • Cardio Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Football (Soccer) with Canberra United and Capital Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Les Mills classes
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Shooting
  • Touch Football
  • Vigoro
  • Yoga

See all the Photos from the Day

Let's Dance!

More than four and a half thousand Canberra schoolchildren learnt a simple dance routine they performed en masse at the 2012 Sport for Women Day.