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Snow Australia has launched the ‘Women of Winter program (WoW), a series of development opportunities aimed at championing women involved in the snow sports industry and empowering them to reach their full personal and professional potential.

To kick-off the program, on Thursday 13 May 2021 at 11am Beach Volleyball Olympic Champion Kerri Pottharst OAM will moderate a panel discussion with some of the most successful and inspirational female leaders within the snow industry. 2020 & 2022 Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin, Olympic champion aerialist Alisa Camplin-Warner AM  and Belinda Trembath, Vail Resorts’ general manager for Victoria and Mt Hotham, will discuss the notion of leadership and share experiences and insights acquired during their amazing careers.

REGISTER: ‘What is Leadership’ webinar, 11am Thursday 13 May, featuring Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin

The webinar is the first of a series of development opportunities which will be rolled out during the year and will include two more leadership-skills development webinars, facilitated by Snow Australia Director and Marketing Consultant Suzie Warwick. The first webinar, “Establishing your Core Values & Principles” will be online on May 27, whilst the second course “Developing Communication Skills and Styles for Effective Leadership” will be available on June 3.

Snow Australia CEO Michael Kennedy said that this program reflects a long standing tradition of gender neutrality for the organisation in terms of opportunities for athletes and participation at all levels of snow sports.

“In fact, the majority of our high performance success over the years has been attributed to female athletes and our Winter Olympic Teams have consistently been equal in terms of gender representation.

“Disappointingly however, the gender balance seen in our pathways has not to this point translated into coaching cohorts and involvement in our technical committees, both nationally and internationally.

“I welcome the opportunity to engage, promote and inspire more women to become involved in the administration and leadership of our sport. I am excited about this initiative and look forward to supporting it in any way I can,” said Kennedy.

The program follows a successful consultation process conducted in late 2020 by Snow Australia to ensure that contents and activities would meet the interests and demands of the public. The survey has allowed Snow Australia to tailor a program that will facilitate a collaborative and supportive environment where women can learn, grow professionally and develop their network, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of females working and volunteering in administration, coaching and leadership roles within the sport.

By: Snow Australia
Posted: 3 May 2021