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Iwd Lunch: Giving Women A Sporting Chance

Story: Sally Eberhardt
Published On : Jan 21, 2024
IWD Lunch: Giving Women A Sporting Chance
What better way to honour International Women’s Day (IWD) than to celebrate women’s achievements and also encourage and support women to be all they can?

After their sold-out event last year, Ladies Who Long Lunch founders Kirsty Fields and Jo Stevens are running another International Women’s Day this March. To fit with the IWD theme of inclusivity and this being an Olympic year, the focus is on women in sport.

The IWD Empowerment Panel features three guest speakers who have pioneered the way for other women in sport. They are –

AnneMarie White OAM – a trailblazer awarded for over 40 years in increasing the equality of women in sport, including being Media Manager at the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

Britt Murray –  competitor and winner of surf sports including the Australian Open Ski Race, Female Surf Team relays and IronWoman events. Now the Head of Special Education Services with Queensland Education.

Meg Ward – NRLW champion rugby league player who is a Queensland and Australian representative and has won three premierships (so far!) with the Brisbane Broncos.

When asked what barriers female athletes face, all three panellists mentioned money.

“To play at an elite level you need to sacrifice a lot of time and effort for minimum wage,” Meg Ward said.

“For women to do their absolute best in sport we need to be paid adequately. Until then we continue to juggle full-time work, families and many hours of training every week.”

AnneMarie White said we should be encouraged by the recent triumph of the Australian women’s national soccer team.

“I witnessed the Matilda’s proving girls’ dreams do come true – even if they are paid less,” AnneMarie said.

“Each one of us needs to use our strongest voice and to expect equality.”

Britt Murray added that part of the solution is something we can all do – watch and support women playing sport.

“If there is an opportunity to view a sport where females are participating, have the whole family involved,” Britt said.

Enjoy a delicious long lunch and drinks package in the company of inspirational women who celebrate and lift each other up.

Bookings essential at

International Women’s Day Long Lunch 2024
Friday, 8 March, 12-3pm
The Komo
99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe