Australian Embassy

Press Release 2016 - Gymnastics

Gymnastics Australia and The Gymnastics Association of Thailand
              Building Leadership Capacity of Women in Sport


24 August 2016

Following closely from hosting the South East Asian School Games Gymnastics event and topping the medal tally, the Gymnastics Association of Thailand will host a “Building Leadership Capacity of Women in Sport Conference” in Bangkok from 29th August – 3rd September. The conference will be facilitated by Gymnastics Australia in collaboration with The Gymnastics Association of Thailand (GAT) and South East Asian Gymnastics Zone (SEAGzone). The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Other SEAGzone Federations participating in the project are Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore Gymnastics were hosts of the inaugural Leadership Capacity Building Conference with 55 people participating in June this year. The Singapore conference followed directly after the Singapore Open in which Thai gymnasts competed and GAT Executive member Mrs Ratana Yodhan judged. Mrs Yodhan stayed on in Singapore to attend the conference and had the opportunity to meet Gymnastics Australia President Jacqui-Briggs Weatherill. The third and final conference for 2016 is scheduled for mid-September in Kuala Lumpur.

This week Mrs Yodhan will again stand beside Australians at the Thai conference where participants will undertake Leadership, Governance, Coach and Judge training. They will be matched with mentors from Australia, Singapore and South East Asia and the project will be evaluated by Victoria University.

Experts from Australia will work with participants from a range of experience levels with the goal to empower women as leaders in sport. The keynote speaker will be Australian Ambassador to Thailand Mr Paul Robilliard. Panellists and presenters include Gymnastics Australia staff, representatives from The Australian Embassy, International Judges, and female leaders of Thailand. Training will also be provided to Gymnastics Association of Thailand staff and volunteers to build the capacity of the workforce to deliver quality coach and judge education.

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