It was great to see two of our senior Australian team representatives Sarah Mollison and Abbie Burgess in the Herald sun talking about keeping women involved in playing sport, special thanks to Ally Walsh for organising the article.
Read the full article below.
Vicsport chairwoman calls for women to keep playing sport
IT’S not enough to watch women play sport — more women need to get active themselves, one of Victoria’s most senior sporting administrators says.
Margot Foster, AM, chairwoman of Vicsport, said participation in sport starts falling in women’s late teenage years and by their 30s, twice as many men as women play sport.
Just 7 per cent of women in their mid 20s to early 30s play sport compared to 15 per cent of men the same age, the Victorian Government Valuing Sport and Recreation Report shows.
Women are more likely to pursue non-competitive sports, with only tennis and netball in their top 10, compared to men who play a wider range of sports including Aussie rules, basketball, golf, tennis and soccer.
Ms Foster said women’s professional achievements in football, cricket, soccer and netball should boost women’s participation in all sports.
“The success of women playing sport, whether high- or low-profile, provides girls and women with shining examples of what they could be and what they might aspire to be or do,” she said.
Overall, 39 per cent of Victorians of all ages don’t play any sort of sport or exercise for recreation.
The three most popular forms of sport — walking, fitness or gym, and running — make up 44 per cent of all sports, followed by swimming and cycling, the report shows.
Ms Foster, who represented Australia in rowing in the LA Olympic Games and the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, said women also had an active role in sporting clubs as administrators, coaches, officials and fundraisers.
Sarah Mollison, 30, from the Footscray Lacrosse Club, is one of 20 in the Australian women’s team heading to the World Cup in the UK in July.
“Only six of us are aged 30 or above,” she said. “It’s mainly due to family commitments and because it’s hard to combine playing, working fulltime and fundraising.”