Mercury (Hobart)

Wide world of women in sport


TASMANIA’S sports women and girls are being celebrated in a new exhibition.

The Change Room highlights the trailblaze­rs, the women who stepped forward into what often seemed a man’s world, to bowl a cricket ball or kick a footy.

Project manager and curator Kylie Eastley said it celebrated the achievemen­ts of female athletes, and also brought to light lesser known stories of sporting excellence, as well as recognitio­n of the people behind the games.

Athletes profiled in the exhibition, at Bond Store Basement, include Tasmania’s first Olympian, javelin thrower Heather Innes, who competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, as well as current sporting stars such as world champion woodchoppe­r Amanda Beams, long distance runner Meriem Daoui and skateboard­er Grace Cochrane.

Liz Jack competed at the 1976 Olympics as a diver.

“What’s important is this is not about showcasing individual­s but acknowledg­ing the contributi­on of so many women in the sports fields and beyond,” Ms Jack said.

“There are many women who have succeeded but are not recognised.

“Women in sport are fantastic role models for males and females. They show such focus and dedication while they hold down careers, bring up families, look after aging parents.

“Women just get on and get things done without making a big song and dance about it.”

The State Government funded exhibition will be supported by a public program of events and activities at TMAG, including a special women in sport-themed Discovery Day on Internatio­nal Women’s Day on March 8.

The Change Room, at TMAG, runs until March 29.

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