2020 Women In Sport Breakfast 

The seventh annual Women in Sport Breakfast was held on Friday 9 October in line with the International Day of the Girl. 

In a year unlike any other, the 2020 event was held online via the Zoom platform. 

Despite being online over 300 people attended to once again recognise the achievements of women in sport and to this year hear how sport has adapted to the global pandemic and its impacts. 

To keep the breakfast element of the event alive, attendees were invited to an optional breakfast tutorial with former MasterChef Australia contestant and Sydney Swans Head Chef Courtney Roulston. Courtney taught those in attendance how to make her delicious Kimchi Pancakes with Avocado Mayonnaise. 

Following on from the tutorial, sports journalist Megan Hustwaite kicked off formal proceedings as our Master of Ceremonies. 

The Hon. Ros Spence MP, Minister for Community Sport addressed the audience touching on what a tough year it has been for sport and the importance of women’s sport and how women and girls can be what they can see. 

Our keynote speaker Professor Corinne Reid spoke about the importance of sports continuing throughout the pandemic and the innovation of sports to move into hubs. 

“If we could see our sporting champions in action then we could still hope. They've connected us at a time of profound disconnection,” Professor Corinne Reid said. 

Professor Reid also touched on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and pointed out how many of those goals are related to sport. 

“In the case of today, goal number five Gender Equality is particularly close to our hearts. Goal number three Good Health and Wellbeing is also impacted by sport. Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions is a very big connection that sport makes in the world. Partnerships bringing things together, bringing codes together, the Olympics bringing people from around the world together for sport,” she said. 

Following on from Corinne the attendees were treated to a stretching break with rhythmic gymnast Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva who said she’s training hard in hope for the Olympics and is thankful for the support she’s received from those around her. 

Following on from the stretching we recognised members of the sporting community for their outstanding contributions to increasing female participation in sport with the Women In Sport Breakfast Recognition Awards. 

The 2020 Women In Sport Breakfast Recognition Awards were presented to:  

Brooke Olsen - Victoria University  

Emma Carmody - Gymnastics Victoria  

Fiona Neuwirth - Bicycle Network 

Liam Bretag – Cricket Victoria  

Martina Whelan – Golf Australia 

Alice McKenzie – Motorsport Australia 

Sally Morton - Netball Victoria 

Emma Sherry - Tennis Victoria  

Sue Rice and Narene Ignace - Volleyball Victoria 

Carol Fox - Women Sport Australia 

Megan then led a question and answer session on the positives for sport in 2020 with our panel of Jane Fernandez, GM of the FIFA World Cup Bid, Australian cricketer Tayla Vlaeminck and Australian netballer/AFLW player Ash Brazill.  

Tayla was up first and spoke about the success of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.  

"It's incredible, it's such a great thing to be part of the success of our team the last few years," Tayla said. 

Jane then talked about the success of the Women’s FIFA World Cup Bid and how it felt when it was announced that Australia and New Zealand’s joint bid had been chosen. 

“It feels like a really long time ago but it was only on the 26th of June, very early in the morning…There were a lot of nerves in the room as we waited for that announcement to take place but it has brought so much joy and so much happiness to so many people at a time where we really need it,” Jane said.  

Following on Ash spoke about how proud she is that the Suncorp Super Netball season managed to go ahead up in Queensland and how the netball clubs were able to react and adapt so quickly. 

“I've been really proud of netball and getting the season done. We were a bit fortunate that the season was going to start a bit later than COVID so there was time to discuss how it was going to be done. Although we had all the time in the world the Vixens and Collingwood had to leave with 24 hours’ notice once we found out the borders were closing so netball had to move fast. I’m so proud of all the teams for making it work,” Ash said.  

To close out the event we were joined by Professor Alex Parker from Victoria University who took us through a relaxing mindfulness exercise and then we drew out a winner of a 12 foot Pinnacle Trampoline thanks to Oz Trampolines. 

Thank you to our major partner Victoria University and our other partners for the event:  

Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria Racing Club, Football Victoria, Cricket Victoria, Golf Australia, Victorian Olympic Council, Squash and Racquetball Victoria, VicSport, Bicycle Network, Bowls Victoria, Calisthenics Victoria, Carruthers Executive, Motorsport Australia, Equestrian Victoria, Hockey Victoria, Netball Victoria, Skate Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Triathlon Victoria, Volleyball Victoria, Women Sport Australia and YMCA Victoria. 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the online event and made the morning a big success!