Empowering Perspectives: Girls & Goalposts Celebrates International Women's Day with Dynamic Speaker Panel

In a celebration of resilience, determination, and the unwavering spirit of women in sport, Girls & Goalposts, the Northern Inland Academy of Sport’s (NIAS) International Women’s Day Event, recently captivated audiences in Tamworth. This dynamic gathering brought together a diverse audience committed to advancing women in sport and launching the NIAS Girls in Sport Bursary Fund.

The event featured an esteemed speaker panel comprising Kezie Apps, Eloise Sohier, Dr. Rachel Horton, and Casey Dellacqua. Together, they ignited insightful discussions on triumphs, challenges, and the evolving landscape of women’s roles, both on and off the field.

Attendees were treated to compelling narratives as speakers shared personal anecdotes and strategies for overcoming obstacles in their careers, confronting gender biases, and planning for life beyond the sporting arena. From tales of victory to navigating adversity, each speaker offered invaluable insights into how they’ve redefined success in various facets of life.

Adding a touch of inspiration and gratitude to the event, NIAS Female Athlete of the Year 2023, Rebecca Sams, extended her heartfelt appreciation to the speakers and presented them with tokens of gratitude. Sams, known for her achievements in mountain biking, exemplifies the determination and tenacity celebrated at Girls & Goalposts.

Moreover, Sams took the opportunity to speak with NBN News about her recent injury and her aspirations in mountain biking. Her resilience in the face of adversity serves as a testament to the unwavering spirit of female athletes, embodying the ethos of Girls & Goalposts.

The event attracted a diverse audience, including NIAS athletes, parents, representatives from local sports organisations, school students, and community members passionate about promoting gender inclusivity in sport. Their collective presence underscored a shared commitment to nurturing opportunities and inclusivity for women in sport.

Central to the event was the launch of the NIAS Girls in Sport Bursary Fund, a pivotal initiative aimed at providing rural girls with enhanced access to sporting opportunities. By ensuring access to resources and support, this fund aims to empower aspiring young athletes in the region to pursue their sporting dreams.

Shona Eichorn, CEO at the Northern Inland Academy of Sport, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “Girls & Goalposts was an inspiring gathering that showcased the resilience and determination of women in sport. We are thrilled by the overwhelming support from the community and excited to kickstart the NIAS Girls in Sport Bursary Fund, which will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the lives of aspiring young athletes in the region.”

As the event concluded, attendees departed with a renewed sense of inspiration and empowerment, poised to advocate for the next generation of female athletes. Their collective resolve signifies a continued momentum towards fostering encouragement, opportunities, and support for girls in sport.

Girls and Goalposts was proudly sponsored by Regional Australia Bank, Dairy NSW, Carpet One Tamworth, and Psarakis Accounting, underscoring the broader community’s commitment to advancing gender equality in sport.