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Women in sports leadership grant for Western Victorian golfers.

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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: Web:

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

28 November 2006


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today congratulated Women’s Golf Western District who have been awarded a grant as part of the Australian Government’s Sports Leadership Grants for Women program.

The organisation will receive $360 to run an ‘Accreditation for rules and course rating’ day at Hamilton Golf Club for women’s golf clubs throughout the Western District, from Balmoral to Portland and Peterborough to Willaura.

Women’s Golf Western District’s Annette Learmonth said that the grant will be a great boost to local clubs and will enable them to bring two representatives from Women’s Golf Victoria to Hamilton to run the four hour course.

“We’ve chosen to conduct the course in Hamilton as it’s the most central to the area that we represent, but we hope to attract club presidents, captains and handicappers from across the region for an update on rules, course management, handicapping and the like,” she said.

“Women’s Golf Western District represents 22 clubs and over 1,000 golfers. This will be a great boost to women’s golf across the region.”

Mr Hawker said that the Australian Government’s Sports Leadership Grants for Women aim to create opportunities for women to further professional development and leadership opportunities in coaching, officiating, governance and management.

The 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,” Mr Hawker said.

The Australian Government remains committed to improving the involvement of women across all levels of Australian sport. Grants are made 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:


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