As the Head, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in Victoria, Dr Bridie O’Donnell has been invited to provide opening remarks at the Women in Sport Summit next month.
“If you had asked me even five years ago, would we be sitting here with a foundation to support trans people and my daughter being an ambassador for a pride round and being visibly and emotionally accepted by an enormous community, I never would have imagined".
“While it feels like there’s lots of resistance to change and there’s not enough respect and inclusion, we’re actually changing incredibly quickly and I have no idea what it’s going to look like in five more years.”
O’Donnell’s drive and passion is clearly evident, arguing that we need to stop comparing male and female athletes as they’re different physiology.
“Start looking at the performances for what they are.
"I think we’re already seeing that and we’re also seeing how social media has totally revolutionised professional women’s sport and it has also brought more professional women’s sports people to the fan base.
“So young men and women can now interact with Morgan Mitchell on Instagram and think, ‘I know who that is. She’s the gorgeous black girl who’s really fast’".
A final point around showcasing, and perhaps a key element of the Women in Sport Summit itself is around showcasing, not just the athletes, but the administrators and the volunteers as well.
Change Our Game identified 12 high profile ambassadors, who are athletes, administrators, CEOs and role models.
Kitty Chiller is one of them. She’s there as a leading administrator who has been a former athlete, Olympian, Chef de Mission, and is now the CEO of Gymnastics Australia. Then there’s also AFLW marquee player Katie Brennan, ex Matilda Tal Karp and Monique Hanley.
There is also the Change Our Game champions program, so modelled on the Male Champions of Change. Comprising of eight sporting CEOs from Victoria, seven men and one woman, based on the eight highest participation sports in Victoria.
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“They’re looking at their own organisations, how can they be more flexible, how can they provide more opportunities to the women who at Bicycle Network or Gymnastic Victoria or Tennis Victoria,” O’Donnell said of the program