Cricket, netball partner for programme

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CRICKET Australia, Netball Australia and the International Cricket Council, have joined forces to offer an exciting leadership opportunity for their female counterparts throughout the Pacific Islands.
The Pacific women’s sports leadership programme will run from Dec 5-9 in Port Moresby.
The joint initiative was made possible through the Australian government’s Pacific sports partnerships innovation funding.
The programme has been designed in partnership with Conversant, a professional training and communications company.
The programme will bring together women leaders from across the sports sector from Fiji, PNG, Nauru, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.
Twenty women representing 13 different sporting organisations will come together to develop their leadership skills in sports for the benefit of young women and girls in their communities.
The programme aims to promote an increase in the number of women moving into leadership roles in sport a nd other sectors. Netball Australia’s international development manager Olivia Philpott said the programme played an integral part in providing women role models in the Pacific.
“It’s important for us to see more women moving into leadership roles, to improve diversity in decision making, investment in targeted programmes for women’s sport, health and wellbeing, and to provide role models for young girls,” Philpott said.
“We wanted to expand the kind of development opportunities and networks that we can access in Australia to the women that we work with through our roles in sport for development in the Pacific.
“Supporting women’s leadership is key to reducing poverty, promoting economic growth and increasing the well-being of women, girls and their families.”
“Initiatives such as this are vital in regions such as the Pacific, where female leaders are hard to find across all sectors,” ICC’s Jane Livesey said.

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