BASKETBALL Victoria hosted the VicHealth Women in Basketball Breakfast on Thursday morning, an occasion to honour and celebrate all the amazing women and girls which make our community thrive.
Special guests Angela Pippos, our gracious host for today’s event, and FOX SPORTS CEO Patrick Delany led discussions on the changing landscape of women’s sport and the amazing return of the WNBL to the airwaves for the 2017/18 season.
The Women in Basketball initiative was initially designed as a forum for women from within the Victorian basketball community to get together, form networks, inspire one another, and thank the women involved in the sport for their time, expertise and dedication.
While this is still very much an objective of the program, the breakfast is an opportunity to acknowledge all those who are working towards the advancement of, and opportunity for, women and girls in basketball either on or off the court. The first Women in Basketball meet function was held in 2006 and attendance has grown over the years.
The Advancing Women in Basketball Award was awarded to star Victorian referee Sarah Carey in light of her amazing year refereeing at the international level and in the WNBL grand final series.
Basketball Victoria is proud to partner with VicHealth for the breakfast, celebrating the wonderful contribution women make to the business and sporting community.
VicHealth and Basketball Victoria are working together to support Victorian women and girls to become more active.
As well as raising the profile of women in sport, VicHealth is bringing an empowering campaign to Victorian women, to encourage us all to get out there and give it a go – regardless of how we look, how well we do it, or how sweaty we get.
This Girl Can – Victoria campaign is a celebration of everyday Victorian women who are all kinds of active – doing their thing, their way.
As part of this program, VicHealth is inviting Victorian women to share their story for a change to be featured in the campaign, which will hit TV screens next year. Whether you’re a bit rubbish or a bit of an expert, your story can help inspire other Victorian women, and the next generation of active women across the state.
You can find out more by visiting the This Girl Can website – thisgirlcan.com.au and please join the supportive This Girl Can community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Basketball Victoria board member Shelley Lambert said it was great to see the direction the organisation has taken in recent years with promotion and celebration of women in our sport.
“I am proud to be able to stand here today and represent an organisation that continues to lead the way in inclusion and gender equity,” Lambert said. “Basketball is one of the few sports that, for over 50 years, have offered opportunity for females to participate alongside their male counterparts.
“At community level we have inclusive programs and pathways for all of our junior athletes to achieve their full potential and our 156 Victorian associations do an incredible job ensuring that all participants, regardless of their gender, age, religion or sexual preference are given the opportunity to play basketball in Victoria.
“We are delighted to be working with VicHealth to bring you today’s breakfast.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank VicHealth for their leadership and support in regards to inclusion.”