ALERT: Women in Sport Aotearoa partners with LockerRoom

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LockerRoom is New Zealand’s only news source dedicated solely to highlighting the achievements of women in sport.

Women in Sport Aotearoa has today announced a new partnership with LockerRoom, brought to New Zealand daily through Newsroom.co.nz. Launched in March 2018, it is led by award-winning writer and editor, Suzanne McFadden. It features columnists Sarah Cowley-Ross and Taylah Hodson-Tomokino and is supported by a wide variety of guest contributors. In late 2018, LockerRoom launched a crowd-funding campaign to help support its content generation.

Rachel Froggatt, Chief Executive of Women in Sport Aotearoa, said: “LockerRoom is playing a key role in developing societal awareness and increasing interest in women’s sport. Their stories are well considered and feature a vast array of engaging insights, covering the achievements of women and girls from community level sport through to high performance, coaching, leadership and governance.

“Women in Sport Aotearoa is proud to become an official partner. Whilst we have only been able to make a small financial contribution, since we are still growing ourselves, we are determined to help. We will be promoting their stories as far and wide as possible through our website, social media and events and asking others to make a donation on the LockerRoom website to help support their work.”

Suzanne McFadden, Editor of LockerRoom said: “We’re thrilled to have this partnership with Women in Sport Aotearoa. We share similar goals – to shine a light on women in sport and inspire a new generation of young women to be involved in sport.

“LockerRoom was created to fill a gap in sports journalism in New Zealand. We look forward to continuing to bring our readers stories on things that matter, with the help of Women in Sport Aotearoa.”

“Rachel and other members of the Women in Sport Aotearoa network will also write commentary on current issues for LockerRoom, and we will endeavour to work together on series that highlight the achievements of Kiwi women in sport.”

Women in Sport Aotearoa exists to transform society through leadership, research and advocacy, ensuring that all women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in sport.

It delivers initiatives across New Zealand and is also the global delivery agent for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022. The IWG is the world’s largest network dedicated to empowering women and girls and advancing sport. Established in 1994, the network developed and is guardian of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport. 

Updated in 2014, the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration now has over 550+ signatories – global organisations committed to gender equity in sport. Amongst them stand the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and FIFA. The IWG works year-round to bring attention to the important issues facing women and girls in sport. It partners with world agencies, including UN Women, UNESCO and WHO, to drive awareness and support positive change. Every four years it stages the world’s largest conference on gender equity in sport, attracting 1,500+ global experts. The 8th IWG World Conference will take place in Auckland in 2022.

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