April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021


The NSW Minister for Sport, The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP with Minerva Network Leaders and Athletes (L-R) Rachael Haynes, Ellie Brush, Christine McLoughlin, Ann Sherry, Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili, Emily Robinson and Amy Parmenter

Minerva Network Chairman Christine McLoughlin has today thanked the NSW Government for agreeing to extend a ground-breaking partnership that is inspiring more young Australians to participate in sport and to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

Ms McLoughlin and Minerva Network NSW Chapter Leader Ann Sherry were joined by NSW Minister for Sport Geoff Lee in Sydney to announce an extension of a funding agreement between the NSW Government and the Minerva Network.

Ms McLoughlin said the NSW Government’s vision and support would enable the Minerva Network to continue to work closely with the Office of Sport on opportunities with the Her Sport Her Way women in sport program.

“Our amazing elite female athletes are inspirational role models for young Australians and we believe we can achieve so much teaming up with the NSW Government to support the Her Sport Her Way program,” Ms McLoughlin said.

“Minerva entered into a partnership with the NSW Government last year and we feel we have already helped shape the future of women’s sport in NSW and throughout Australia.”  

Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the continued partnership with the Minerva Network will help develop and support female leaders within sport.

“Our female athletes continue to shine on the world stage and it’s important they have recognition and opportunities off the field as well,” Mr Lee said.

“Leveraging the extensive business experience of the Minerva Network will ensure our female athletes develop skills to be leaders both on and off the sporting field.”    

Since August 2020, the Minerva Network has teamed with the Office of Sport to support the Her Sport Her Way program to enhance women in sport participation and to help more young Australians achieve their personal goals.

Minerva athletes have regularly been involved in the design and delivery of Her Sport Her Way sessions as role models and contributors.

By connecting Australia’s elite stars of women’s sport with some of the nation’s most inspiring business leaders, the Minerva Network is committed to helping our leading athletes become inspirational role models for the next generation of young Australians, and to identify projects in their respective communities where they can step in as leaders, encourage activity and bring about social cohesion.

The Minerva Network has grown exponentially over the past 12 months, with a 100 per cent increase in the number of supported athletes. Minerva aims to connect with all women athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

The NSW Office of Sport’s Her Sport Her Way program aims to build a stronger sport sector where women and girls are valued, recognised and have equal choices and opportunities to lead and participate.

Her Sport Her Way builds on the momentum in women’s sport and looks through a fresh lens at the way that sport in NSW is delivered, coached, marketed, led, sponsored and consumed.