FE­MALE SPORT IS FLOUR­ISH­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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