03/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/07/2018 19:37
Hockey Australia (HA) will today celebrate International Women's Day with president Melanie Woosnam pointing to the sport's rich history of achievements and involvement by females in the game.
International Women's Day is held annually on March 8, recognising and celebrating the social, economic and political impact of women and also calling for gender parity.
Hockey as a sport has a long history of gender parity, with national athletes remunerated equally based around Australian Sports Commission funding.
Participation in the sport is currently at 52 per cent female and 48 per cent male, which is a split that is historically representative of the relatively equal divide.
Internally, five members of Hockey Australia's nine-member board are female, namely Woosnam, Sandra Sully, Juliet Haslam, Tracey Scott and Tracey Belbin.
The association's executive team has three female members among the five-member team, namely High Performance Director Toni Cumpston, General Manager - Commercial and Communications Vibeke Stisen and General Manager - Finance and Administration Sue Wharekawa.
Last year, HA also partnered with VicHealth in support of the 'This Girl Can' campaign which promotes women in sport.
Woosnam said: 'Amid the rise of a number of exciting female sporting competitions and codes, it's important to pause on a day like this and recognise hockey's history of gender parity.
'We need to celebrate the achievements of not only our national women's side, the Hockeyroos, who are three-time Olympic gold medallists, but all females within our sport.
'There are so many women at grass roots level, from volunteers, umpires, officials and coaches to the elite level, from national athletes, selectors, administrators and board members.
'In November, we got the opportunity to celebrate women in our sport thanks to our VicHealth partnership with a function during the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne.
'Among those present was Werribee Hockey Club president and local legend Lyn Tout who recently ran in the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay and is a great example of the many women within hockey who enrichen our sport.'