In 2018 with funding from the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, GippSport established the “Changing Gippsland’s Game – Workforce Development Program”.  The women’s leadership program involved staff who work in the community sport sector from across Gippsland.  The overall aim of the project was to develop a more equitable sport & recreation setting by supporting local women to enhance their role as “Changemakers”.

After a very successful first 18 months, the professional network received funding for a further two years to expand the leadership program to more women across Gippsland.

Phase Two of the program aims to provide women who are sports administrators at club, league & association level across Gippsland, with development opportunities to assist them in their roles and strengthen the Gippsland sports administration network.

The program aims to expand the skill sets of the community sport workforce with the support of the established paid workforce program. Working with community volunteers to create more diverse, inclusive community sport leagues & clubs that will encourage more women & girls to engage in club based programs.

We will engage approximately 10 participants from each Local Government Area across Gippsland (60 in total). Topics for the workshop sessions include; dealing with difficult situations, how to chair and lead meetings and how to adapt your own communication style.

GippSport are inviting local women to register their interest by completing this online survey .
More information about this program can be found in this information booklet:

The Changing Gippsland Game network is led by Michelle Harris, Senior Sports Consultant who has been working to create better gender equity in community sport for many years. She can be reached on

Our Facilitator: Joanne Love

We are excited to announce our facilitator Joanne Love for our Changing Gippsland’s Game – Workforce Development Program

Joanne Love has been an elite swimming coach for many years. During this period, Joanne has experienced first-hand, what it’s like to be one of the few females in a male-dominated environment. Joanne holds degrees in psychology and currently works with elite sporting organisations imparting a wealth of information on how psychology and neuroscience can create successful outcomes.

Joanne has led female leadership programs in both business and sporting organisations, including Richmond FC – Bashar Houli Foundation, Swimming Victoria, Women in Sport Summit, and British Athletics