Ministry of Sport has Announced the Fifth Women in Sport Summit 2023 with Gold Coast
The Ministry of Sport Women in Sport Summit is a truly unique event, providing a platform to further the growth of Women’s sport, creating a much–needed space to drive the conversation and recognition of women in sport forward. The fifth edition of the Ministry of Sport Women in Sport Summit will be held from the 18th – 20th July 2023, on the Gold Coast.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
The Gold Coast will play host to the fifth edition of the Ministry of Sport Women in Sport Summit, a three–year partnership that is sure to provide a platform for continued growth of women’s sport in the region. With the state of Queensland continuing its trajectory towards the 2023 Olympics, the summit is expected to attract a host of leading industry talent from both within the country and abroad.
Ben Parsons, CEO & Founder of Ministry of Sport and Creator of Australia’s largest Women in Sport Summit explains..
“When we look at the last Olympics, women made up 47.2% of the Australian team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the highest ever proportion of female representation in Australia‘s Olympic history. We expect these numbers to grow even further on the road to 2032 and we also know that brands that invest in gender equality and diversity are more likely to be perceived as socially responsible and trustworthy by consumers and fans. There’s never been a better opportunity for brands and athletes alike to take advantage of this playing field.”
Netball Australia, AFLW, Swimming Australia are among the key sporting codes who will be ambassadors for the 2023 summit, which is themed ‘Face Your Identity’ and will explore the fast–rising theme of brand advocacy as the women in sport industry continues to grow.
The summit will uncover how women’s leagues and codes, brands and athletes can be set for growth, protect, inform and educate on their brand, growing towards the future engagement of national and world sporting audiences in their respective fields.
- Cate Campbell – OAM, Olympic Swimmer and current multiple world record holder, who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics and a gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- Ali Brigginshaw – Rugby League National and State of Origin Superstar who plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL Women’s Premiership and Valleys Diehards in the QRL Women’s Premiership. Primarily a halfback, she is the captain of the Broncos, Australia and Queensland.
- Allana Furguson – represented Australia in Rugby Sevens in 2013, then consecutive knee injuries forced Allana on the sidelines for several years before making the switch back to rugby league. Allana played her first women’s rugby league game in 2015 and starred for New South Wales against Queensland. This saw her elevated into the Australia Jillaroos squad the following year. In 2016, she made her debut for Australia, later that year she starred for New South Wales in their first victory over Queensland in eighteen years.
- Kiarrne Dickens – the one-time face of the Queensland winter racing carnival , apprentice jockey and past industry educator with Racing Queensland, now Sky a qualified Racing Presenter with TAB Corp.
- Chloe Dalton – an OAM, Australian professional Australian rules football, rugby union player and basketballer. She represented Australia in rugby sevens and won a gold medal as a member of Australia’s women’s sevens team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- Gretel Bueta- an Australian netball player and former basketball player. Gretel has been named in the Super Netball Team of the Year three times, in 2018, 2019 and the 2022 . In the latter year she was also awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond, the most prestigious annual award in Australian netball, given to the player judged the best in both domestic and international netball throughout the calendar year.
There’s never been a better opportunity for brands and athletes alike to take advantage of this playing field.
Securing the partnership for the major Women in Sport Summit in the Southern Hemisphere for the next three years is a major milestone for the City
The summit will uncover how women’s leagues and codes, brands and athletes can be set for growth, protect, inform and educate on their brand, growing towards the future engagement of national and world sporting audiences in their respective fields. Donna Gates, Deputy Mayor of Gold Coast says, “Securing the partnership for the major Women in Sport Summit in the Southern Hemisphere for the next three years is a major milestone for the City, with hundreds of sporting delegates expected to attend and attracting major international speakers and brands to the Gold Coast.
Across the GC we’ve seen growth in Women’s events on the Gold Coast, and this partnership adds to that growth and advancement of women’s sport and all sports on the Gold Coast, which has continued momentum since the Commonwealth Games, forging more paths on the road to the 2032 Olympics.” The growth of Women’s sport continues to be on trajectory for both fans and players, with Kayo – a major partner of the summit reporting seven even–in–10 Aussies watching more of it than they did before 2020, and two thirds (66 per cent) of Australian’s now tune in women’s sport.
AFLW player Chloe Dalton, who attended the launch in Surfers Paradise, adds: “It’s been fantastic to watch the growth among our code – AFLW players have increased from 120 in the inaugural season (2017) to over 530 in the 2022 season. Fan engagement has grew across AFLW at heightened levels the past 12 months, the average national TV audience for AFLW matches now reaches over 400,000 viewers per game, and with 2022 grand final seeing a peak audience of 690,000 viewers.”
The fifth edition of the Ministry of Sport Women in Sport Summit will be held 18th – 20th July 2023, on the Gold Coast and is expected to bring together more than 30 industry-leading talents from brands, administration, and athletes, who will provide attendees with first-hand insight into their success stories and the future of women’s sport. The Ministry of Sport Women in Sport Summit is an opportunity to further the growth of Women’s sport, creating a much-needed space to drive the conversation and recognition of women in sport forward.
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