Caption: Women in Sports Leadership program taking time out at the Australian High Comm earlier this week with Women in Business and former PNG Netballer Janet Sape.
By Rocky ISSOU
TWENTY Pacific women from different walks of life who are leaders in different sporting codes have successfully graduated from the inaugural Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Program held this week in Port Moresby.
The Pacific women in sports leadership meet came into existence after Jane Livesey from International Cricket Council (ICC) in Australia attended a similar leadership meet in England with Olivia Philpott of Netball Australia together thought up the idea to have a similar meet of Women leaders in Sport in the Pacific.
“The idea for this program began in Sydney between Olivia and I having a chat and two years ago also for me personally I went to a similar women in sports program in the UK two years ago and we thought it would be great to do a similar program for sports in the Pacific.” said Livesey.
The week saw participants talk about the various challenges they faced and how best they could counter act challenges it also provided a great opportunity for participants to network and highlight the different skills and talents they processed, they were also inspired by Tamzin Wadley and Janet Sape both women inspiring the younger women participants with their speeches.
Participant Siteri Tadrau, representing AFL (Fiji) said being one of the youngest she applied for the program to learn from the other women in the program.
“Attending this type of program now I take home more confidence from the knowledge I gained to share with the women and men back home and to share that we can be equal when it comes to gender equity, I know AFL is a men’s sport but I want women to take ownership and personally I also learned and saw how the other program participants run their programs in their country.” said Tadrau.
PNG program participants included Cathy Neap, Betha Bade and Grace Wilson Michael from Rugby League, Lua Rikis from Netball, Sulueti Tarasomo from the Sports Foundation and Susan Komang from Cricket PNG.
The week-long program saw the women participate in many different activities including a visit to the Australian High Commission for morning tea and Hanuabada to see how Cricket PNG has set up their programs in the village it also was an opportunity for the participants to interact with the villages and see how sport has changed their lives, the program culminated in a dinner and presentation at the Royal Papua Yacht Club with the participants receiving their certificates.