Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Glass Jar Australia are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and support this year’s theme of Press for Progress.
The theme hopes to motivate friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and become more gender inclusive, a sentiment Netball WA wholeheartedly supports.
As the governing body of Western Australia’s leading women’s sport, International Women’s Day is a chance to reflect on the significant role netball has played in the lives of more than 200,000 participants the length and breadth of the State.
At the elite level, Suncorp Super Netball continues to set the standard for women’s sport, something West Coast Fever is incredibly proud to be a part of.
With a collective bargaining agreement supporting players to continue both professional and education pursuits, a maternity leave scheme and an average player salary of $67,500, the League continues to lead the way for female sport.
At the grassroots level, we are incredibly proud to deliver programs that grow each year.
With more than 60,000 participants in over 400 dedicated Suncorp NetSetGO centres across the State, netball remains as the first choice for girls, while the NAIDOC Netball Carnival has cemented itself as one of the largest Indigenous sporting carnivals in Australia.
The Shooting Stars program continues to affect genuine change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in Western Australia’s remote and rural communities.
Now engaging almost 400 participants across seven delivery sites, the Shooting Stars program is also 100% staffed by females, 75% of those identifying as Indigenous.
We asked our female leaders within Netball WA: What does International Women’s Day means for you?
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz
International Women’s Day is an important time to stop and reflect on and celebrate the significant achievements to date as well as recognise that there is a significant way to go to see equity across the whole world for women.
General Manager - Community Netball Liz Booth
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for me to reflect, recognise and celebrate the many wonderful stories and significant achievements of women from all walks of life, including those from our great sport of netball. It also allows me to reconfirm my commitment to advocate for positive change, particularly in the area of equality for women all around the world.
West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich
Anyone, anywhere should be treated with equality and depending on your level of commitment, your ability and your hard work should be what creates your opportunity. With the change in society over the years I think it is great that women are empowered to be the best they can be and as a consequence are influencing and contributing in all circles within society. International Women’s Day is not about our entitlement but a representation of the positive influence we are making to our communities
West Coast Fever Executive Officer Tamara Sheppard
Grateful - I am grateful to be brought up by a strong and successful woman who as my mum left me wanting for nothing, taught me to be strong, to speak up, be heard and work hard every day to break through any barrier that is in my way. My mum was successful, driven, smart and balanced full-time work with family. She was always Mum whenever I needed her.
Proud - I am proud to lead the West Coast Fever club that is underpinned by strong, motivated and inspiring women. This club supports and celebrates the women that are able to balance family and/or careers, whilst playing/coaching in the best netball league in the World. We don’t put barriers in place or make excuses because of gender instead we work hard every day to be better than the day before. This club is driven to be high performing on and off the court.
Tenacity - International women’s day is a chance to appreciate how far we have come and how far we still have to go. The World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report tells us that gender parity is still 200 years away. I don’t accept that parity with men’s sport is unrealistic and I don’t accept that this is 200 years away. I am committed to playing my role to celebrate our achievements whilst playing a purposeful role for gender parity. March 8 reminds us that we have to keep moving forward for all the strong women who got us to this point and for all the strong women who are relying on us to keep moving forward.