Supporting and increasing the number of women in sport has always been a key goal for two-time Olympic gold medalist Juliet Haslam, who was recently appointed AFLW Port Adelaide’s first director.
The new role crowns a busy year for Juliet, who was one of 18 current and former female athletes participating in the Australian Institute of Sport Acceleration Program.
AIS Accelerate focuses on identifying and enhancing the leadership skills that already exist in our high performance female athletes and providing them with the professional development to take the next step to becoming future leaders in sport.
âI really enjoyed being involved in the AIS Accelerate program. Listening to each other’s amazing stories and the camaraderie between all of us has been something very special, âsaid Juliet.
âThe facilitators were exceptional and helped us understand the importance of reflective practice, define our values, understand different learning styles and our relationships with others, leadership, vulnerability and more. “
The AIS Accelerate program is funded by the Australian Government Office for Women and supported by Sport Australia under the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program. WLIS aims to help women reach their leadership potential in sport, with $ 3.4 million over four years provided by the Australian government.
Juliet said it could only benefit the sport by leveraging the experience and talent of female athletes in leadership positions.
âOur female athletes in all sports have so much to offer. The lessons learned and the knowledge and skills acquired by competing at the highest level should never be taken for granted.
âIt’s great to see AIS deliver this great program and give women the opportunity to pursue careers at HP. I highly recommend current and retired athletes to get involved.