The promotion and celebration of women’s sport is the theme of a reception hosted by the Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard QC, at Government House tonight.

Female sports stars, rising sports stars, sports administrators and media, health experts and influencers are among those attending the “Women In Sport” reception.

The Governor, who supports women’s participation in sport and sports’ administration, told guests that Australian women were writ large in their successes on the world sporting stage.

“There has rarely been a better time to stage a celebration and, importantly, to continue the conversation about women in sports,” the Governor said.

The Governor told the guests that the conversation was broader than elite competition, as participation in sport improved the physical health, self-esteem and social skills of people of all ages.

“Promoting women in sport is obviously about more than just achieving equality on the footy, soccer or rugby field, on the track, or in the water,” the Governor said.

“It is important for our children to grow up seeing that women can be star athletes, that they can be coaches, that they can be leaders, and that they can be enthusiastic participants too.”

The Governor said women’s sport was now more visible, but women and men needed to keep working hard to ensure our daughters and grand-daughters had every opportunity in sport.

“If we fail to embrace 100 per cent of our talent pool, or fail to see 100 per cent participation amongst our youngsters, then our healthy nation, our flourishing economy, our fair society and our proud sporting culture will be diminished.”