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Ambassadors Championing Change For Women In Sport

28 June 2023

The Andrews Labor Government is amplifying the voices of inspiring and influential women to help level the playing field and drive change for women and girls in sport.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today officially announced this year’s eight Change Our Game Ambassadors for the inaugural Ambassador Program, through the Labor Government’s Office of Women in Sport and Recreation.

Using their voice and network to champion equality for all women and girls in sport, these Ambassadors will shine a light on the issues that matter the most to them – from accessibility of sport for women with a disability, to more opportunities for First Nations and culturally diverse women in sport, and beyond.

This year’s Change Our Game Ambassadors are:

  • Carol Cooke AM PLY
  • Elle Steele PLY
  • Gabby Seymour
  • Jacara Egan
  • Melissa Hale
  • Molina Asthana
  • Rana Hussain
  • Rita Nehme

Through speaking opportunities, educational events and digital content, the Program provides a platform to champion gender equality in sport and share a diverse range of lived experiences and perspective – from grassroots through to leadership roles.

Coinciding with the announcement, the Change Our Game State of Play Survey Report was also released today, with the survey findings that while there are increasingly positive attitudes towards women and girls in sport and their right to equal opportunities and access, more change is needed to shift underlying attitudes and behaviours.

Established in 2017, the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation was the first of its kind in Australia and delivers nation-leading policy, advocacy, research, and education in pursuit of gender equality.

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Quotes attributable to Ros Spence, Minister for Community Sport

These eight Ambassadors will be vital in advocating for equal opportunities for all women and girls.The gender equality in sport movement continues to accelerate and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.

Quotes attributable to Molina Asthana, 2023 Change Our Game Ambassador

“I am very excited to be appointed a Change Our Game Ambassador and I look forward to using this platform to champion for greater diversity in sport. Sport has great benefits for women, especially from diverse backgrounds; it provides confidence, strength of mind and body and can help to create a sense of belonging and community.”

Reviewed 29 June 2023

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