Says Australian Women’s Cricket team captain, Meg Lanning “Being named the A-Team of the Year for the second consecutive year is an absolute honour especially given the calibre of the other nominees. As a team we’ve had a really successful 12 months, so the award caps off a memorable year”.
Successful indeed, with our champions performing at the highest standard throughout the whole season. “Winning the award was a nice form of recognition for the year we had, and definitely inspires us to continue on our quest to be the best team ever” says Meg.
Their inspiration is shared by rebel, a company that is committed to supporting women in sport in Australia. rebel’s General Manager of Customer and Marketing, Jennifer Gulliver said: “rebel is a passionate advocate for sports equality and proud supporter of women in sport through our partnerships with the W-League, Matildas, WBBL, WNRL, AFLW and Netball Australia. These awards are a celebration of exceptional and inspirational female talent and Rebel is proud to be a part of this prestigious event for the fifth year running."
Pulling stumps on inequity
The women’s Cricket game in Australia is the strongest it’s ever been, with the team having been named the best domestic female cricket league in the world and with players being offered professional contracts, including pay parity (finally!). Cricket Australia has even introduced a new parental policy allowing players who give birth or adopt to take up to 12-month of paid parental leave.
Media coverage still proves to be a challenge for our female champions, but with the help of committed broadcast partners, who are working to make the game more visible than ever before, we hope to see more of our world-class athletes on our screens. And of course Women’s Health and our wonderful Women in Sport partners, like rebel, will continue to champion women in the sporting arena and, hopefully, help to inspire the next generation of Aussie female athletes.
Says Meg, “The Women in Sport Awards are a wonderful initiative, recognizing the feats of some incredibly talented women and shining a light of their performances. The initiative plays an important role in profiling some wonderful role models which in turn sends a strong message to young girls about what’s possible.”
Meg continues, “There’s never been a better time to be involved in women’s sport, in particular cricket with a T20 World Cup to be played on home soil in February and March. We can’t wait to play on what’s going to be in front of our fans, families and friends and hopefully inspire more kids to pick up a bat and ball.”