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NEWS RELEASE

Minister for Education & Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women

Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism

FRIDAY 29 JUNE 1984

WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN IN SPORT

Senator Susan Ryan, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women, and Mr John Brown, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, today announced details of the establishment of a Working Group on Women in Sport composed of sportswomen and media representatives. The Ministers released details of the terms of reference and said that the Working Group will investigate and make recommendations to the Government on a number of

issues including:

. The adequacy of current media coverage of women's sporting activities;

. Attitudes of the media to women's sporting activities as potential subjects for both high profile and regular media coverage;

. Options for increasing media interest in and coverage of women's sporting activities;

. Problems met by women's sporting bodies in areas such as sponsorship, administration, promotion, funding and access to facilities.

The Government's intention to establish the Working Group was foreshadowed in a speech Senator Ryan made to the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) on 18 January 1984. In a media release to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 1984,

the Prime Minister also referred to the establishment of the Working Group and described it as an important Government initiative for women.

Both Mr Brown and Senator Ryan today reaffirmed the Government's commitment to improving the general awareness of the media and the community to the accomplishments of women in sport. The Ministers said that the Working Group would consult widely with sporting groups, business organisations, especially those which sponsor sporting

events, and the media in preparing their report. Members of the Working Group are:

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Senator Rosemary Crowley - Convenor - South Australia Senator Crowley is a marathon runner; she maintains a keen interest in women's sport, and in maintaining fitness as a means of preventing illness.

Mrs Joyce Brown - Victoria

Mrs Brown is a former Australian Netball Coach and in her 3 years in that capacity, coached 2 world championship teams. Mrs Brown has had a long association with netball in Australia, both at State and National levels and is a qualified

Physical Education teacher.

Mrs Elizabeth Kosmala - South Australia

Mrs Kosmala currently holds four world records in air rifle shooting and gun titles. She will be representing Australia at the Paralympics to be held in England in July/August this year. This will be the ninth occasion Mrs Kosmala has represented Australia in international competition.

Mr Norman May - New South Wales

Mr May is one of Australia's best know sporting commentators. During his career he has described 40 different sports and since 1964 has covered 5 Olympics on television and radio; Los Angeles will be his 6th Olympic coverage. Mr May has also

covered 6 Commonwealth Games; 1962 in Perth to 1982 in Brisbane. He has also compered the ABC Annual Sports' Awards for 18 years and has spent many years promoting women's sporting achievements.

Ms Helen Menzies - South Australia

Ms Menzies is a Sport's Journalist for "The News" in Adelaide, with main responsibility for women's sports. Ms Menzies has played representative water polo, netball and cricket and competitive netball,

tennis, basketball, cricket, squash and water polo.

Mrs Olga Mor - Queensland

Mrs Mor is currently Executive Director, 5th Women's Lawn Bowls Melbourne 1985 Ltd., and was Representative for Women's Bowls on the Commonwealth Games Committee, Brisbane, from 1980-82. Mrs Mor has been actively

involved in Women's Lawn Bowls for a number of years, and has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian Women's Bowling Council since 1979.

Mrs Karin Sheedy - New South Wales

Mrs Sheedy is currently National Executive Director, Australian Women's Hockey Association. Mrs Sheedy has been actively involved in promoting women's sport, and has a wide range of interests in all

sport, particularly basketball, hockey, swimming, squash and judo.

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. Mrs Bronilyn Smith - Tasmania

Mrs Smith is a senior instructor at the University of Tasmania Judo and Aikido Club and holds a Black Belt (4th Degree) in Aikido. Mrs Smith has had wide experience in teaching self defence at schools, colleges and institutions in Tasmania. She has many qualifications in martial arts and self defence,

including those of Lecturer, Instructor and Official Examiner.

Mr Brown said that his portfolio will be providing administrative support to the Working Group and that submissions from interested groups and individuals should be addressed to:

The Convenor Working Group on Women in Sport GPO Box 787 CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601

Senator Ryan and Mr Brown added that the Working Group has been appointed for approximately six months and that at the end of this time, would submit a report on its findings to the Government. The Ministers thanked

those concerned for their willingness to participate.

CONTACT: Anne Summers Phone 723541 (WH) 811651 (AH) Friday 29 June 1984

Attachment to News Release of 29 June 1984

WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN IN SPORT

TERMS OF REFERENCE

To investigate and make recommendations on:

(a) the adequacy of current media coverage of women's sporting activities (both individual and team events, at world-class and local club level);

(b) attitudes of the media to women's sporting activities (as outlined in (a)) as potential subjects for both high profile and regular media coverage;

(c) methods by which women's sporting groups liaise with the media, and the need for any improvements;

(d) other options for increasing media interest in and coverage of women's sporting activities for example by:

- special non-event oriented educational features on the less popularised sports;

- historical perspective features on women's involvement in sport, such as the Olympics and sports traditionally dominated by men;

- television coverage of women's sport with high visual appeal - such as tennis, swimming, diving, athletics and ice-skating.

(e) problems met by women's sporting bodies in:

- obtaining adequate sponsorship;

- the administration of sports organisations;

- the promotion of participation;

- attitudes of women to training and competition;

- obtaining funding from governments; and

- gaining access to facilities.