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Women Leaders in Sport

Empowering women in sport & helping to create a culture which values gender equity

Leadership Workshop

This workshop series is perfect for sport administrators, coaches, volunteers, match officials or media personnel who are looking to develop or refresh their leadership skills.

These workshops equip individuals with modern leadership techniques, offer crucial insights into the sporting world and connect women from all corners of the country.

Professional Development Expert Sue Cormack hosts the sessions over seven weeks and delves into topics such as emotional intelligence, behavioural boundaries and leading change.

Participants will be required to attend one 90-minute session per week and will also be invited to attend career development events throughout the year.

These workshops are also a fantastic first step for those seeking a WLIS individual grant.

Important dates:

  • Applications open
    9:00am (AEST) Monday 21 February 2022
  • Applications close
    5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 11 March 2022
  • Outcomes notified to all applicants
    Late March 2022
  • Workshop commences
    Week commencing Monday 2 May 2022

Eligibility Criteria

Additional information

Terms and Conditions

  1. If the Australian Sports Commission (referred to in these terms and conditions as ‘Sport Australia’) decides to offer the applicant the opportunity to attend a Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) Leadership Workshop (Workshop), the offer (Offer) will be made subject to these terms and conditions.
  2. These terms and conditions, together with the notification from Sport Australia providing details of the Offer (Successful Email), will constitute an enforceable agreement between Sport Australia and the successful applicant (Recipient) upon the Recipient accepting the Offer, as required by the Successful Email.
  3. The Recipient agrees to attend all sessions the allocated workshop series as detailed in their Successful Email (Activity).
  4. The Recipient declares and warrants, at the date of agreeing to these terms and conditions, that she has not at any time been found to have breached any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient and has not engaged at any time in any conduct that constituted a breach of any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient.
  5. Sport Australia seeks to maximise the benefit of its Workshops to women in sport. Failure by the Recipient to complete the Activity, without the prior agreement of Sport Australia, may negatively impact on any future application for support that the Recipient makes to Sport Australia.
  6. The personal details of Recipients (including name, home state, sport, and any photo or video footage of them produced in connection with the Workshop) may be released by Sport Australia to the public and the media for the use of promotional and educational purposes.
  7. The Recipient must, if requested by Sport Australia, cooperate with Sport Australia in relation to reasonable publicity initiatives regarding the WLIS Program.
  8. Sport Australia may terminate this agreement by notice in writing, in the event that:  the Recipient fails to comply with any of its terms, or that Sport Australia, in its discretion, deems it inappropriate that the Recipient attend the Workshop.
  9. Sport Australia reserves the right to cancel, suspend, postpone, or vary the nature of the Workshop at any time and for any reason. Sport Australia will not be liable to any person for any loss, damage or claim arising from the Workshop or such variation, cancellation, suspension or postponement.
  10. This agreement is governed by the law of the Australian Capital Territory.
  11. The WLIS workshop content has been developed by the Australian Sports Commission with the assistance of Sue Cormack. Those wishing to share the content must seek permission from Sport Australia.

WLIS testimonies

"I feel so empowered. There is such an incredible group of women working in sport and we all have so much in common. There is so much knowledge and insight within the group and I really feel like I belong."
"The workshops provided me with courage and reassurance that I am on the right path and now I have the refined tool to build an influential and supportive environment."
"This has been a terrific opportunity for me and it's really motivated me to pursue my passion. It's been great to connect and share with likeminded women."
"Thank you for the amazing knowledge, insights and real-life examples, the network and for supporting the role of women to lead confidently."
"This course has been incredible! One of the best I have ever been involved in. The sessions are conducted in a safe, open and positive environment with easily adaptable skills taught and learned."

Successful recipients

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