Noosa Dolphins volunteer receives a Women In Sport leadership grant

Noosa sporting leader Tash Ramsden from Noosa District Rugby Union Club will be supported to further her career and gain new skills under the Australian Government’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said Ms Ramsden, a volunteer media and communications officer for Noosa Dolphins, will receive a $3,350 grant to undertake a Diploma of Social Media Marketing at the Monarch Institute.

“Social media plays a growing role in communications, team-building and gaining sponsorship, and I congratulate Ms Ramsden on her success and her strong contribution to growing Noosa Dolphins’ reputation and encouraging increased participation in rugby union,” Mr O’Brien said.

In all, 489 women across 34 sports will benefit from the WLIS grants, which has helped strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

Minister for Women Marise Payne said increasing the number of women leaders in sport was a priority for the Australian Government.

“We are pleased to support a program that empowers women in sport and helps organisations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces,” Minister Payne said.

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the program provides valuable leadership development opportunities for women on and off the field.

“Through the WLIS program, we are supporting the next generation of women sports leaders. By assisting women leaders, coaches and match officials with their career development and creating more leadership pathways for women we are taking important steps towards achieving gender equity in sport.

Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton said the program, which began in 2002, continues to receive strong interest from the sector.

“This financial year saw a record number of individuals apply for funding which is testament to the program’s reputation and success in developing women leaders in sport.”

“So far more than 26,000 women and over 800 local, state and national sporting organisations have benefitted from this program and we look forward to supporting even more women in the future as we strive for a greater balance of men and women in senior positions in sport.”

WLIS is delivered by Sport Australia with the support of the Office for Women with individuals and organisations sharing in more than $526,000 in grants this financial year.

A full list of 2022 recipients is available on the Women Leaders in Sport website.