The Australian Government has been partnering with Tennis Australia since 2022, to encourage higher participation by Pacific women and girls in tennis and to strengthen governance and administration of women’s sports organisations in the region.
Through the ‘Pacific Women and Girls in Tennis – Emerging onto the World Stage’ program, Tennis Australia is increasing leadership in the Pacific through three key initiatives:
- Building the in-country capacity of women coaches.
- Providing talent pathways for girls and women to stay and excel in tennis.
- Supporting women administrators with training and professional development through the “Pacific Women Leaders in Tennis” leadership series. Enabling them to step into professional roles in boards and committees, and in roles in national and regional sporting organisations, thus increasing the number of female administrators in the sport.
The program is delivered in partnership between Tennis Australia, Oceania Tennis Federation and National Tennis Federations throughout the Pacific, and is funded through the PacificAus Sports Pacific Women’s Sport Administration Program (PWSAP).
In January 2023, Tennis Australia celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of emerging leaders from the Women Leaders in Tennis initiative at the Australian Open in Melbourne. With the aim of empowering women to take on leadership roles in the sport, the first intake included participants from seven Pacific nations.
“This program will benefit many women and girls in the Pacific by providing a pathway throughout all aspects of tennis including coaching, officiating and performance. We are incredibly proud to continue to support tennis in the Pacific and talented girls and women striving for a professional tennis career. This program will also help women to develop further skills and knowledge to become sports administrators or committee members.”
Director of Government, Social Impact and Stakeholder Relations
Get in contact with Tennis Australia for more information about the organisation’s activities in Australia, and across the Pacific.