After attending the Women in Sport event at Government House earlier this year, Lisa Niglia has reflected on the diversity in sporting clubs throughout the district.
With a passion for health, fitness and wellbeing, Ms Niglia is an active member of the Dhurringile Tennis Club and also recently joined the board for Valley Sport.
‘‘It was a privilege to receive a personal invitation to celebrate women in sport,’’ Ms Niglia said.
‘‘The Governor expressed the need to continue to develop and encourage as many females to participate, not only in sport, but to hold positions in committees and on boards, which are predominately held by men.’’
Ms Niglia said it was a great opportunity to network with representatives from other small rural and regional communities where it was clear woman played an important role in sport.
‘‘In rural settings women tend to dominate at the committee level,’’ she said.
‘‘But it’s now at that board level where we really want to see more women.’’
After joining the board for Valley Sport last year, Ms Niglia said it had been a challenging yet interesting experience.
‘‘There’s a lot to learn and I’m keen to continue with it,’’ she said.
Ms Niglia said her portfolio surrounded promoting all-abilities in the sporting world.
Her role includes encouraging local opportunities for participation through facilitating inclusive programs and advocating for healthy, active and connected community clubs.
Ms Niglia said she would encourage other women to think about taking on board member roles in sport.
‘‘If they think they’ve got something to offer then go for it,’’ she said.
But Ms Niglia said it was her passion for more young girls and women to belong to a team.
‘‘We need to see more girls returning to team sports like soccer, tennis, and even table tennis in Tatura and surrounding areas,’’ she said.
Ms Niglia encouraged local clubs to register with Valley Sport if they had not done so already at www.valleysport.net.au
‘‘Valley Sport looks to work with both local sporting clubs and the local communities to increase participation, create stronger sporting clubs and foster a healthier and more active Goulburn Valley,’’ she said.
Valley Sport is one of nine Victorian regional sports assemblies servicing more than 500 sport and recreational clubs within the City of Greater Shepparton, the shires of Moira, Strathbogie, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Mansfield and the Rural City of Benalla.