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Final call: $400,000 to encourage women into sports leadership.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

1 September 2006

FINAL CALL: $400,000 TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN INTO SPORTS LEADERSHIP

Federal member for Wannon, David Hawker, today reminded Western Victorian 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,” Mr Hawker said.

“This grants scheme recognises that 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.

“Successful grant recipients will serve as important role models to inspire other women to make their make in Australian sport,” Mr Hawker said.

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.

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.

For more details about the grants go to http://www.ausport.gov.au/women/grants.asp.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100