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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore

GILMORE WOMEN URGED TO TAKE SPORT LEAD

Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash has reminded local women to apply for a share of $400,000 to pursue sports leadership opportunities.

Applications for the 2006/07 Sport Leadership Grants for Women close on 15 September.

The Australian Government is creating opportunities for women to further professional development and leadership opportunities in coaching, officiating, governance and management.

"This is another way the Australian Government is helping women achieve their goals," Mrs Gash said.

"Gilmore has produced some great sporting success stories and the talent on show at the annual Gilmore Sportswomen and Sportsman Awards is testament to the fact.

"The Sport Leadership Grants for Women program will help write more success stories."

Mrs Gash said the grants scheme recognises Australian sport stands to benefit from a greater number of women in leadership and decision-making roles.

"The grants scheme provides chances for women to pursue accredited training in key areas of Australian sport including high performance coaching, officiating and management, key areas where women tend to be under-represented," Mrs Gash said.

"Successful grant recipients will serve as important role models to inspire other women to make their make in Australian sport.

Over the last four years more than 11,000 women from across Australia have benefited from grants worth more than $1.2 million, to develop women's sport leadership skills and training.

The Australian Government remains committed to improving the involvement of women across all levels of Australian sport through its policy: Building Australian Communities Through Sport.

Grants are available in five key areas: high performance coaching and officiating; indigenous women in rural and remote communities; women in disability sport; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women in general sport leadership.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available to successful individual applicants and up to $10,000 for approved organisations.

For more details about the grants go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/women/grants.asp or contact Mrs Gash's Nowra office on 02 4423 1782.

04/09/06

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