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Olympian Sarah Cook a winner in 2015 100 Women of Influence Awards


Rowing Australia sends a big congratulations to two-time Australian rowing Olympian Sarah Cook, after she was announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. Sarah has been recognised in the Young Leader category for her contribution to the sport of rowing, having competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.

“I am delighted to be recognised in the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. After representing my country as an athlete in two different sports over the last 12 years, I understand first-hand the vital role that sport plays in our community and also the need for gender equality in sport. My passion is to drive the issue of gender equality through positive example and leadership, whilst simultaneously developing the sport of rowing. As the first female Director of Rowing in the NSW GPS, the female voice of World Rowing, and a newly appointed Director to the board of Rowing NSW I have the opportunity to grow the sport of rowing, and champion women’s sport and the issues surrounding gender equality” says Sarah.

In its fourth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Culture and Social Enterprise.

Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.

Ainslie van Onselen, Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion at Westpac, said: “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2015 is truly incredible. It is a privilege to recognise and celebrate the remarkable contribution these women are making to our society.

For more information on the awards please click here.