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Kate Jenkins Appointed As New Chair Of The Australian Sports Commission

Kate Jenkins - New Chair of the Australian Sports Commission

Kate Jenkins Appointed As New Chair Of The Australian Sports Commission

On Monday, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) announced the appointment of Kate Jenkins AO as their new Chair, succeeding Josephine Sukkar. With a career spanning over 30 years as a prominent figure in promoting respect and equality in both the workplace and sports arena, Kate Jenkins AO brings significant experience to her new role.

Formerly serving as the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins AO has been at the forefront of advocating for human rights, combating discrimination, and championing the cause of equality. With a background in working with various national sporting organizations including football, netball, and golf, Jenkins is well-equipped to address the diverse challenges faced by different sports. In recognition of her dedication and accomplishments, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her outstanding contributions to human rights governance, gender equity, inclusivity promotion, and the legal field.

Joining Kate on the ASC board are Olympic and Paralympic medallists Nicholas Green OAM and Dr. Bridie Kean, both appointed for three-year terms. With a wealth of experience in elite sports and strategic leadership, Mr. Green and Dr. Kean bring valuable insights to the board as Australia prepares for major upcoming sporting events such as the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Brisbane 2032 Games.

Jenkins’ vision for the sports sector in Australia is focused on creating a safe, fair, accessible, and inclusive environment for all athletes, ensuring that each individual is supported to achieve their full potential. She acknowledges that there may still be some resistance to women’s sports in the country, but believes that the sector has reached a turning point where tangible results and success stories can sway even the most conservative viewpoints. Her experience in governance and human rights issues within the sporting realm positions her as a key figure in driving positive change and fostering a culture of inclusivity and excellence within Australian sports.

As the head of the ASC, Jenkins aims to leverage the organisation’s influence to improve the overall culture of sports in the country. With a focus on governance, integrity, and inclusivity, she plans to work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote the right values and practices while discouraging any negative behaviours or actions.

Jenkins’ appointment has been met with praise from various key figures in Australian sports, recognising her unique skill set and dedication to enhancing governance practices and the well-being of all participants.

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