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Gippsland Sports Forum: Why women are the secret to your sports’ survival

The focus of the forum is to empower the Gippsland sports  community and local  clubs to implement and strengthen policies, practices and the promotion of women and gender equity in sport in Gippsland. Download flyer

Aims of the forum:

  • To raise the profile of women in sport
  • To increase representation of women’s sport in local media
  • To increase women’s participation & leadership at grass roots level in order to change club culture.

Register through this link.

The forum will be delivered in 3 sessions:

Session One 2.45 – 5.00pm Panel Discussion & Breakout session
Target Audience:   Regional Sport Assembly, State Sporting Associations & Local Government reps.
Topic: The secret to funding and increasing female participation in sport

5.00 – 5.20 pm        Refreshment break & Session two registration.

Session Two 5.20 – 6.20pm Keynotes
Sam Squires  “Why women are the secret to your sports survival”
Kate Roffey     “Kicking Goals – From the Sports Field to the Boardroom”

Session Three 6.30 – 8.00pm  Panel & Breakout session
Target Audience:   Sports Club Reps, Reserve Committees of Mgmt, Community Associations & interested Community Members.
Topic: Inspiring change in your club & The Secret to funding success

Light meal served at 7.00pm during breakout session.

Keynote Speaker Bios:

Sam Squiers

Sam Squiers is an award-winning Sports Reporter and Presenter with Channel 9 and the Founder of the Women in Sport website Sportette. Sam has worked in the media for over a decade and has covered some of the biggest sporting events both nationally and internationally.

Sam also hosts the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, Surfing Australia TV, Isuzu QLD Golf Open, Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series, co-hosts TripleM’s Dead Set Legends and has been a guest presenter on Getaway.

In 2014, Sam founded the women in sport website Sportette to provide an avenue for to tell the incredible stories and issues which weren’t being told in traditional media. Sportette aims to challenge the way you think about Women’s sports and change the social and sporting landscape for future generations.

Sportette has created a strong reputation among athletes, stakeholders, sports organisations and fans alike. It’s also the top online choice for interesting and inspiring stories on women in sport and remains the only independent women in sport site in Australia. Herself a keen sportswoman; Sam rows surf boats, runs marathons, plays golf and competes in netball, softball and basketball.

Kate Roffey

Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club, Berry Street and Melbourne University Sport Boards, and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.

Kate is currently the Director of City Economy, Innovation & Liveability at Wyndham City Council and is responsible for the oversight of strategy and development in the areas of transport, urban planning, environment and sustainability, economic development and city centres.

Prior to this role, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne from 2012 to 2016.  As CEO, Kate successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions to develop initiatives and deliver outcomes that ensure Melbourne continues to grow as a prosperous, globally connected city while at the same time, retaining its mantle as the “World’s most liveable city”.  As an industry leader in this role, Kate led influential policy discussions around the key issues of infrastructure development, economic growth, urban optimisation and liveability.

Subsequent to joining the Committee, Kate held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, where she played a leadership role in developing the masterplan vision of, and secured almost $1 billion in government funding for, the substantial upgrading of facilities for the Australian Open Tennis Championship.

In addition to her Executive roles, Kate is also an experienced non-executive director and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club, Berry Street and Melbourne University Sport Boards, and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.


This forum is bought to you by the Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence against Women Strategy, Gippsland Women’s Health together with GippSport, Gippsland’s Regional Sports Assembly.

SNAG: Starting New At Golf

Leongatha Golf Club with Inverloch Kindergarten

Most people will know that golf can be a difficult sport to learn. Traditionally, people try to learn the game, practice the game, then play the game. Golf has been one of the few sports where the equipment used by beginners is the same as that used by advanced players. Well now Leongatha Golf Club Professional, Josh Hall, is turning that on its head with the club’s new SNAG Kinder Golf program that was piloted through 3 sessions at Inverloch Kindergarten in September.

“It was an absolute pleasure to deliver this program to the kids at Inverloch Kindergarten.  The kids had a ball and so did the coaches and teachers.  We really just want to bring golf to a younger generation and show them what a great game it is.  With us coming to the kids, rather than them coming out to the golf club, it makes it a much easier prospect for everyone” said Josh.

SNAG (Starting New At Golf) is a program that uses modified equipment designed specifically to provide children with the ability to make an easy entry into the sport. Bright colourful targets, balls and equipment are designed to provide children maximum enjoyment and success where ‘Launchers’ and ‘Rollers’ replace boring drivers, irons & putters.

“The SNAG equipment is very easy to use and most of the kids were able to hit some good shots almost straight away” said Mr Hall.

GippSport, through the VicHealth Regional Sport Program, are focusing on developing new opportunities to increase the number of people participating in sport with a particular focus on those currently inactive or who have low levels of physical activity.  Program Coordinator Gene Parini was excited to partner with Leongatha Golf Club to provide the students of Inverloch Kindergarten with this exciting new program.

“Pre-school aged children often miss out on organised sports programs.  A fun, tailored golf program is a great opportunity for children to try the sport and build some general skills and who knows, it may lead to a life-long love for the sport” said Mr Parini.

Talking about the future, Mr Hall said, “Going forward, we intend on offering a Kinder Golf program indoors at the Inverloch Hub for 3 to 5 year olds.  One of the key aspects of my job is player development and with the Kinder Golf program in place, the Leongatha Golf Club now offer junior lessons from ages 3 right the way through to 15.”

Leongatha Golf Club’s SNAG Kinder Golf program is scheduled to begin on Monday October 5 at 2:30pm. Information is available on the club website, www.leongathagolf.com.au. To register please contact Josh at the club on 5664 3314 or info@leongathagolf.com.au for any specific questions.

For information on GippSport and the programs we support, please contact Gene Parini on 5674 6004 or gene@gippsport.com.au

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Local Sporting Champions – always open

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 (be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship) towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Grant applications are assessed 3 times each year. It may therefore take five-six months before you are notified of the outcome of your application.

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