Blog: International Women's Day
I have never been overly involved in international women's day so to be invited as a guest speaker to the SA women in sport celebration of such an event was a great honor. I was on a panel of 6 with some incredible athletes such as Erin Bell from the the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Diamonds (Australian netball team), Stella Rigon from Adelaide United (SA Soccer team) plus many more. We were interviewed by triple Paralympic gold medalist Katrina Webb OAM and mingled with a great crowd throughout the night.
The passion that Katrine Hildyard showed for women in sport was inspiring - there is such a massive team behind the scenes that bring us the opportunities we sometimes take for granted and hearing her speak was nothing short of inspiring. She is determined to get equal rights, pay, facilities and opportunities across all sports at all levels - how awesome would that be!?
I have been lucky enough to be able to get involved in many aspects of female in sport life over in SA and am thrilled of the inclusion and increase of talented girls coming into the cycling program through SASI talent search. I have been lucky enough to mentor these young cyclists over the last 6 months and it's been a great eye opener as to how to keep girls in sport.
The community environment in SA is very encouraging and inclusive which allows great events such as this to run so successfully and I am so grateful to have been involved. It was a day (as is every day) to celebrate strong, passionate women and create a path where there is equality in every way and it was an absolute pleasure to be among the other athletes as guests of honor.