“Progress may not be a straight line — but we do know, with tremendous clarity, that sports turns girls into women who lead. Provide them with sports experience, and watch female leaders rise.” – Julie Foudy, Captain, Olympian and World Cup Champion.

On Tuesday 10 October, we had our Women’s Business Breakfast in partnership with NSW Waratahs, where guests were treated to incredible insights from an outstanding panel hosted by Stephanie Brantz, television sport and events presenter, reporter, producer and commentator, Chair of DFAT’s Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council and Deputy Chair Board of Football NSW, featuring Sheree Young, CEO of Bodyscience; Karen Jones, CEO of NSW Office of Sport and Piper Duck, Waratah Women’s and Wallaroo’s Captain.

We gained valuable insights from a group of accomplished women, each a specialist in her respective field, to kickstart our mornings with inspiration. They shared their experiences in the world of sports-related businesses and careers, discussing their journeys, the hurdles they’ve overcome, and the values that guide them.

It was an amazing chance to network and celebrate women in both worlds: sports and business. Highlighting this connection is particularly important to us as a historic athletic club that this year is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of welcoming female members, as you could see in our previous communications.

Sports will always be a powerful tool to foster gender equality and empower women. By giving them the chance to talk about it and recognise the positive impact of inclusion for all, we also give young girls a role model to follow and concrete dreams to chase.