Barriers for women in sport


Teams of top researchers at Victorian universities will embark on research projects to help break down barriers for women and girls in sport.

Community Sport Minister Ros Spence announced that Deakin University and RMIT have been successful in securing grants of up to $25,000 for three new research projects.

These are made possible by the 2023-24 Change Our Game Research Grants Program, which backs Victorian researchers studying gender equality and sport and supports them to investigate how to prevent barriers for women and girls to participate, lead and succeed in sport.

“We’re proud to support this new research which will enable these talented researchers to break down barriers for women and girls in sport,” Ms Spence said.

“These research projects will play a pivotal role in reaching gender equality and helping more women and girls to be part of the sport they love.”

The program also supports the development of early career researchers with an interest in gender equality and the emerging issues impacting women and girls in sport and recreation.

Deakin University has scored two grants, Dr Christopher Scanlon, Professor Kristy Hess and Lauren Bevilacqua will lead research aimed at increasing women’s visibility in Victorian sports media called Off the Sidelines.

While Dr Rhiannon Snipe, Associate Professor Helen Brown, Dr Amelia Carr, Associate Professor Luana Main, Dr Lyndell Bruce and Associate Professor Severine Lamon will look at the impacts of menstruation on participation in sport and active recreation .

RMIT University will examine active outdoor recreation experiences for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women through the Social, Accessible, Fun and Equitable (SAFE) project.

This will be led by Dr Ancy Gamage, Dr Sehrish Shahid, Professor Emma Sherry and Professor Mayowa Babalola.

Funded through an earlier round of this program, La Trobe University’s Enhancing Participation Pathways for Women Coaches in Community research explores the key barriers experienced by women coaches in community sport and was released on February 8.

It outlines eight steps that sporting organisations and clubs can adopt to recruit, induct, support, train and retain women as coaches.