Boost for women’s sport

THE Tasmanian Labor Party has promised to inject $1.6 million over three-years to build and upgrade sporting facilities to encourage Tasmanians, and particularly women, into community sport.

Shadow Local Government Minister Madeleine Ogilvie said the $4.8 million package would see change rooms built or upgraded across Tasmania each year.

“It’s really important that governments do everything possible to encourage more Tasmanians to get involved in a range of sporting competitions that are available, but are not necessarily accessible at the moment,” she said.

“In many sporting competitions, there are currently just not enough adequate facilities to allow greater participation.

“It’s not just the players who will benefit – coaches, umpires, volunteers and members will all have a better experience at their local sports ground.

“Our sporting clubs have been doing a great job making girls and women feel welcome, but at some grounds there are only one change room and this makes things difficult for women’s teams.

“There is so much more we need to do and this announcement takes a first step in the right direction.”

Ms Ogilvie, who is also president of the Southern Football League, recently made the announcement at North Hobart Oval.

This was the same day the under-16 girls AFL representative football teams took to the field in the traditional north-south rivalry.

“We all know participation in sports is one of the foundations to a happy and healthy life and a way of building happy and strong communities,” Ms Ogilvie said.

Caption: Shadow Local Government Minister Madeleine Ogilvie, middle, at North Hobart Oval with players and representatives of the under-16 girls AFL football teams.