TASMANIA’S sporting women and girls are being celebrated in a new exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
At a special ceremony at TMAG, ‘The Change Room’ exhibition was officially opened by Minister for the Arts Elise Archer.
“The Change Room highlights the achievements and contributions of Tasmanian female athletes and also brings to light lesser known stories of sporting excellence, as well as the people behind the scenes,” Ms Archer said.
The community exhibition relates stories of Tasmania’s sporting women and girls through text, audio and video, as well as through a selection of memorabilia and precious objects from their sporting careers.
“The Change Room makes it clear that by promoting more in-depth public engagement with Tasmanian women’s sport, positive changes and advancements in attitudes within the community can occur,” Ms Archer said.
While acknowledging the contribution of female athletes, coaches, spectators and sporting commentators, those behind the scenes who make the games happen, including administrators, managers, board members and health professionals, are also recognised.
“I am delighted that this exhibition highlights not just our elite sports stars, but all women involved in sport in a wide variety of fields,” Ms Archer said.
“The Change Room truly celebrates the strength, tenacity and resilience of all Tasmanian women who have contributed to sport and recreation in communities across our state, as well as nationally and internationally.”
TMAG director Janet Carding said when creating the exhibition, organisers received an enthusiastic response to the call that went out to the broad and diverse women’s sporting community in Tasmania for their stories, reflections and input.
“Athletes profiled in The Change Room include Tasmania’s first Olympian javelin thrower Heather Innes, who competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, as well as current sporting stars such as world champion woodchopper Amanda Beams, long-distance runner Meriem Daoui and skateboarder Grace Cochrane,” she said.
The Change Room will be supported by a public program of events and activities at TMAG.
The Change Room is on show until Sunday 29 March 2020 in the Bond Store Basement at TMAG.
Caption: Minister for the Arts Elise Archer, left, with Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery director Janet Carding in the Bond Store Basement.