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The Women and Girls Advisory Committee on Sport and Recreation was established to provide advice on how the government can improve women’s and girls’ lifelong participation in sport and active recreation. The Advisory Committee provided its recommendations in the report Start Playing, Stay Playing: A plan to increase and enhance sport and active recreation opportunities for women and girls (PDF, 2.78MB).

Committee members are:

  • Professor Doune Macdonald—Committee Chair and Research Professor in the School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Ms Natalie Cook—five time beach volleyball Olympian and Gold Medallist
  • Dr Sue Hooper—former director of the Queensland Academy of Sports’ Centre of Excellence and Olympian
  • Mr David Keating OAM—member of the ACHPER National board and former President of ACHPER Queensland
  • Ms Sue Nisbet—General Manager of Softball Queensland
  • Ms AnneMarie White OAM—Athlete, author and media personality, and founding member Womensport Queensland
  • Ms Sandra Sampson—former Chair of Womensport Queensland, and former chair of Australian Women's Rugby League


Start Playing, Stay Playing appendix

A summary of the evidence and stakeholder insights into women’s and girls’ participation in sport and active recreation Start Playing, Stay Playing: Appendix (PDF, 960KB).

Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation stakeholder forums 

On 15 May 2013, the Women and Girls Advisory Committee on Sport and Recreation held two stakeholder consultation forums with key players in the sport and recreation industry. Consultation forums were held in Brisbane and Townsville to ensure that ideas were generated based on the issues and challenges faced by women in regional and metropolitan Queensland. These two consultation sessions were a great success, with both forums resulting in a number of ideas and insights which have assisted in the development of the Ministerial Advisory Committee’s recommendations.

The Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Stakeholder Report (PDF, 446KB) provides a synopsis of the ideas and insights generated by participants at the stakeholder forums.

Other research

Women in Sport Broadcasting Analysis, Australian Sports Commission (PDF, 6.32MB).

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Last updated
21 July 2015
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