2019 Women In Sport Breakfast: World Cup Edition 

The sixth annual Women In Sport Breakfast was held on Friday 11 October at Marvel Stadium, on the International Day Of The Girl.

Over 500 people attended the event recognising the achievements of women in sport.

Guests were treated to some delicious food and an inspirational presentation from former Matilda, Olympian, lawyer, and now, a Director and Founder of Sixfold Consulting Group Tal Karp. Her speech about women in sport and challenging unconscious bias was thought-provoking, highlighting the importance of self-reflection when it comes to equality. 

“We just wanted to be accepted, to be liked, to cause as little fuss as possible. We didn’t want to rock the boat. Unconsciously, I was supporting the very system that excluded people like me,” Karp said after reflecting on her own path. 

ABC News Breakfast Sports Presenter Georgie Tunny was our Master of Ceremonies once again this year, providing an entertaining and knowledgeable presence to keep guests engaged throughout the morning. 

With the theme of this year’s Women In Sport Breakfast the World Cup, Georgie interviewed Karp who was joined on stage by; dual Olympian and dual Commonwealth Games gymnast Ashleigh Brennan, two-time Netball World Champion, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Melbourne Vixens Super Netball coach Simone McKinnis OAM, and the General Manager of Strategy, Planning and Special Projects at the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Marcia Endacott. 

Georgie asked a range of questions, including enquiring about each of our panellist’s favourite moment in women’s sport for the year. 

Tal reflected on the ‘Equal Pay’ chant that roared through the stadium in France when the USA women’s national soccer team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Simone said that every moment she’s spent working with young up and coming athletes have been her favourite this year.

While Ashleigh, commented on gymnast Georgia Godwin recently qualifying a spot for herself in next year’s Olympics.

With Marcia deciding on Ash Barty’s French Open win in the tennis as her favourite women in sport moment of the year. 

Shadow Minister for Sport, Hon. David Hodgett MP and the Minister for Women Hon. Gabrielle Williams both addressed guests and touched on the importance of everyone playing their part to contribute to gender equality in sport. 
It was great to hear from so many influential voices throughout the morning. 

Thank you to all of our partners for the event: 
Major Sponsor: Victoria University
Gold Partners: Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria Racing Club & Football Victoria
Silver Partners: Cricket Victoria, Golf Australia, Victorian Olympic Council, Squash and Racquetball Victoria & VicSport
Bronze Partners: Bicycle Network, Bowls Victoria, Calisthenics Victoria, Carruthers Executive, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Equestrian Victoria, Hockey Victoria, Netball Victoria, Skate Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Triathlon Victoria, Volleyball Victoria, Women Sport Australia & YMCA Victoria

All of the partners were given the opportunity to nominate a member of their community for the Women In Sport Breakfast Recognition Awards to honour their outstanding contributions to increasing female participation in sport. 

The 2019 Women In Sport Breakfast Recognition Awards were presented to: 
Rohenna Young - Victoria University 
Lynda Sterns - Gymnastics Victoria 
Jasmine Hirst - Football Victoria
Stephanie Moorhouse - Australian Olympic Committee Victoria
Sarah Fitz-Gerald - Squash & Racquetball 
Sharon and Wendy Margetts - Bicycle Network
Courtney Gabb - Bowls Victoria
Anne Jenkinson - Calisthenics Victoria 
Tanja van Bokhoven - Confederation of Australian Motor Sport 
Jan Smith - Equestrian Victoria 
Suzanne Henderson - Hockey Victoria
Marg Connellan - Netball Victoria
Jodie Christie - Skate Victoria 
Yvonne Fantin - Tennis Victoria
Jill Stevenson - Triathlon Victoria 
Jenny Becker - Volleyball Victoria
Louise Evans -OAM Women Sport Australia
Emma Hosking - YMCA 

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made the morning a big success!