Editors Letter – Gender Edition

I spent 14 years as a single parent, playing the role of both Mum and Dad as best I could. I thought I was doing well but the realised that my son had found a mother influence in his teachers at school. Rather than feeling inadequate, I took this as a pleasant revelation that he…

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Sports

Women’s AFL: The Future of Footy

I always loved watching AFL, growing up as a young girl in Western Australia. I watched as many Western Australian Football League (WAFL) games as I could over the weekend and AFL games as well. I played a lot of sports, of which footy was one, but as there wasn’t a pathway for females as…

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Sports

Vicki Linton – Interview

How did you get into the sport? When I was 6, friends in my street were joining the local soccer team, so I went home and asked Mum if I could too. I was the only girl playing in the whole junior club and across the league. Credit to Mum that she didn’t blink an…

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Sports

Figure Skating: Coaching Multi-Gender Sport

Mum was a skater before she was married so I spent a lot of time during my early years crying beside the rink. Eventually, she thought that it would be better to give me something to do, so they would lay out a row of lollies and oranges on the ice at Bondi Junction so…

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Sports

Playing the House Down with Women’s NRL

From 2005, I coached in the Canberra Raiders representative program, and in the end was responsible for their SG Ball program under Dave Hamilton, who was the High Performance and Recruitment Manager at the time. I spent 5 happy seasons there, but in 2010 I got a call from Brian Canavan from Queensland Rugby League…

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Sports

Women’s Cricket Hits the Sport Spotlight

Growing up, I played a lot of sport however tennis was my main focus up until the age of 12/13. My parents and 3 siblings all played sport, so it was big part of our lives. The connection with cricket came from my older brother; we had a lot of cricket equipment lying around the…

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Sports

Golf: On Course for Big Changes

I grew up in a little country town called Goroke near Horsham, Victoria. Both my parents were very good golfers, and of my four brothers, the eldest was a very good player. At the age of 12/13 I began playing. I played at two little golf courses at Goroke and Edenhope, and got my first…

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Sports

Running Ahead

One day, my daughter came home from school with a flyer asking me if she could join Little Athletics. We were living in a small town south of Cairns, called Gordonvale. I took her down to the local oval where a guy called Warren Pitt (who later became the Mulgrave MP) was running the club.…

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Sports

People Skills: The Key to Coaching Men or Women

I was a really good average player, not a WNBL star, so coaching really worked for me. I was 13 when I started playing basketball because I was bored at home – quite old in comparison to this day and age. I played in U16 district basketball and basically haven’t stopped since. I love the…

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Business

Diversity: How Well Are We Doing?

Everybody seems to be talking about diversity and inclusion this year. Whether it’s Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency or #OscarsSoWhite or the portrayal of disability in the film “Me Before You”, we seem to be growing increasingly attuned to the issues facing minority groups in employment. B ut how well are we doing?…

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Business

Sex On The Brain

It has long been suggested that men and women have different brains, but a recent study of over 1,400 brain scans reveal there really isn’t such a thing as a distinctly male or female brain. I n fact, brains are visually the same and it’s impossible to tell the difference between a male and female…

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Business

Women, Sport and Leadership

There is one saying that bothers me, and it has done so for a while now. That phrase is, “you throw like a girl”. T here are of course other similar sayings: you run like a girl, you fight like a girl, and so on. These simple sayings frustrate me. When did doing something like…

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Business

Coaching Is: A Little Help at the Right Time

When I took on the role of Managing Director of Apple in Australia, our human resources director suggested that a coach would be valuable. L ike many women, I was hesitant to take on a coach as I held the view that a coach was only necessary in tough times. However, having interviewed three different…

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Business

One Team, Five Generations

I began my career in 1986 as an apprentice hairdresser in the UK at 16 years old. I initially had visions of becoming a barrister after the completion of my school studies and was planning on going to university to study Law. However, I had a change of heart, so I listened to my instincts…

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Life

The DADEE Program

Physical activity is associated with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. Participating in regular physical activity during childhood is vital for optimal growth and development. H owever, more than 80% of Australian girls are insufficiently active and are often marginalised in physical activity contexts at home, school and in the community. As…

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Life

The Bucket List Guy

My No.1 personal value has always been ‘helping others’. For as long as I can remember, it’s always been this way. If I’m not helping others, I don’t feel a complete sense of fulfilment and feel a lack of true purpose. I t’s no wonder that I fell into the personal fitness training industry at…

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Specialty

So You Think You Can Handle The Media

Chances are, as a coach, you’ll be able to put that to the test one of these days. I  interviewed Coaching Life Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stewart Fleming on my Logan 101FM Monday morning show (see what I did there?) and one of the areas we discussed was the difference between a coach and a trainer/teacher. Stewart…

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Business

Change the Script

Film and television have always been great passions of mine and until recently I had no intention of working in any other sector. It’s the realm of dreams, ideas and a plethora of sensory experiences. S o in the language and practice of Joseph Campbell, who inspired the George Lucas Star Wars series, “I followed…

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