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Women Leaders in Rowing


Rowing Australia hosted its inaugural Women Leaders in Rowing course on the 28 and 29 November. Fifteen talented women, representing all seven Member Associations, participated in Canberra on full scholarships with all expenses paid by RA.

The course was delivered in collaboration with Melbourne Business School and the Australian Sports Commission and was designed to develop leadership capability, specifically within a sports environment. Covering a range of areas such as self-awareness, managing conflict, having difficult conversations and communicating with impact, the two-day learning hub also created a sense of collaboration and connection amongst the participants.

Kristy Arnold one of the course participants and a coach and administrator from Tasmania, said that the course really emphasised individual empowerment and participants were encouraged to take what they had learned back to their own environments and apply practically.

It was wonderful to connect with other likeminded individuals and share our experiences. Most importantly, we will remain in touch with each other to continue to be able to support one another through our journey in rowing” she said.

Rowing Australia received an unprecedented amount of interest in regards to the course when it advertised for nominations last year.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Scott said that Rowing Australia, like the Australian Sports Commission, is committed to growing participation of women in the sport of rowing at all levels.

We are currently exploring our options for further activity next year to extend and amplify the learning that has occurred at this initial workshop. We are working with both FISA as well as the Australian Sports Commission on this strategy and look forward to sharing more in due course.”

If you are a woman in rowing, whether that be a coach, athlete, administrator or umpire please feel free to share your stories on social media by connecting with the hashtag #womeninrowingaus. Rowing Australia has also set up a Facebook Group page, which you can apply to join. Search’ Women Leaders in Rowing’.

Pictured: Back Row – Tara Huntly (ACT), Helene Wipf-Grant (SA), Brigette Carlile (VIC), Sarah Ellis (NSW), Kristy Arnold (TAS), Sarah Cook (NSW), Annabelle Eaton (VIC) and Sally Callie (Qld); Front Row – Sallie Watson (WA), Catriona Walker (WA), Jennifer Matthies (WA), Alexandra Deprez (VIC), Sarah Byrne (Qld), Ellen Randell (NSW) and Vicky Spencer (ACT).