FEMALE SPORT IS FLOURISHING
IT HAS been an amazing couple of years for women’s sport and it looks like there will be a lot more opportunities for girls to consider it as a professional career. The Matildas’ milestone in 2015, becoming the first Aussie soccer team to win a knockout stage in a World Cup, was a critical catalyst. This year’s Australian Olympic team comprised 50 per cent women for the first time and the Rugby 7s women made history with a gold medal performance. The national netball competition signed a prime time television deal and a national AFL women’s league was announced. Last week, the WA Football Commission revealed that Australian Rules female club teams almost doubled from 84 to 157 this year. WAFC chief executive Gavin Taylor said the organisation would drive female football growth with participation strategies and positive environments for newcomers.
- Editor, Rick Lee