Sport North East’s Learn Support Lead: activating female leaders in sport program has been named as a finalist in the Victorian Sport Awards. It has been nominated in the VicHealth Victorian Sport Development Initiative of the Year category. This award recognises outstanding community sporting initiatives that have been delivered successfully and benefited the local community.
Learn Support Lead is a leadership program designed to activate the untapped skills and experience of local women in north east Victoria. Initiated in 2017, the 12 month program brings together established and emerging female sporting club leaders with local leadership experts for monthly leadership workshops.
The mentor-mentee relationship between the established and emerging leaders has created a strong, supportive and growing network of female leaders across the region to share experiences, knowledge and ideas. Women representing 29 sporting clubs across 12 sports have participated in the program so far.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 20 February 2019.
We were very fortunate to have Kim Scanlon from Alpine Valleys Community Leadership present for our Learn Support Lead workshop on Leadership Styles and Types of Leaders at the Wodonga Bowling Club.
The evening involved plenty of discussion around the various leadership styles we all face within our workplaces, community and sporting clubs. The key message being no one style is better or worse than another as long as the approach is applied in an effective manner to achieve the required outcome or result. The group learned the qualities that identify leadership versus management, and the importance of emotional intelligence in effective leadership.
Perhaps the most discussion occurred around our ideal holiday. The group was split into personality/styles based on the Myers-Briggs Interactive Tool. Despite a few common features the motivations and desired outcomes were vastly different. It was a great example for the group to see how activities that get one person enthusiastic could be someone else’s nightmare!
Many thanks to Kim for her time, and Kate from Wodonga Bowling Club for hosting.
The next Learn Support Lead workshop on Networking will be at the Tallangatta Community Centre, thanks to Towong Shire.
The Inaugural Regional Women in Sport Forum has brought together local female sports leaders and successful leaders within our sporting community.
The forum was an excellent opportunity for women to engage with their clubs to focus on gender equality and the benefits of having women as part of your team. Guest speakers included CEO of Netball Victoria Rosie King, AFLNEB Leagues Manager Noeline Elvin, and General Manager of NE Media Terry Harding. Other presentations covered issues such as respect and equity as well as practical tips on how to provide a welcoming environment and explore opportunities for funding of female friendly facilities.