Educate, Empower and Motivate Female Athletes

FOLLOWING a highly successful inaugural event, the female athlete networking and education event is back for 2022, but with an expanded offering to be held over two days at Deakin University’s waterfront campus.

The industry event is hosted by Emily Shears, Founder of the Female Athlete Network, Pharmacist and AFLW Engagement Manager, with the goal of educating, empowering and motivating female athletes and people who support them – be it a parent, partner or practitioner – and it provides an opportunity to expand knowledge, connect with like-minded people and raise awareness available services that meet the unique needs of the female athlete.

According to Ms Shears, it is an incredible time to be a female athlete in Australia.

“We have just seen a hugely successful Commonwealth Games campaign, and we have sporting codes across the country embracing traditionally male-dominated codes with an expansion into women’s leagues and many superstar female athletes excelling in their goal,” she said.

But how can we support and build on the success of those who have paved the way? How do you ensure that the promising female athlete has the knowledge, support and opportunity to perform on the world stage at future events such as the home Olympics in Brisbane in 2032? »

With the concepts of lifestyle medicine and true collaboration in mind, The Female Athlete Network has brought together an array of health and medical professionals, researchers, coaches and notable athletes from across the countries to provide a space for sub-elite female athletes, and all those involved in the athlete journey, to learn more.

Ms. Shears believes that by sharing lived experiences, creative ideas and evidence-based research, those in attendance will be able to better understand themselves as female athletes and enable those who support these athletes to have a positive impact on health and general well-being, and therefore on performance. results.

“We hope to inspire those looking to build their career path by working with female athletes,” she said.

“Our greatest performances can only be achieved by optimizing our health above all else, and that must be a team effort.”

The conference will feature a Friday evening session moderated by walker and recent Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jemima Montag, who will moderate a ‘changemakers’ panel featuring Sarah Styles from the Victorian Government’s Office of Women in Sport and recreation, Geelong Cats community leader Sarah Albon, as well as several PhD students who will share their research, including Tom Carter from Rugby Australia and Georgia Brown from Football Australia.

Saturday’s main conference session will be moderated by award-winning sports journalist Megan Hustwaite.

It will feature an athlete panel including the likes of Collingwood Magpies netballer Molly Jovic and Australian lacrosse player Stacey Morlang, a coaching panel including the likes of Australian Women’s Head Coach Rugby Sevens Tim Walsh, AFLW Geelong Cats physical performance coach Anula Costa and former professional basketball player and two-time Olympian Chris Anstey, as well as an educational component including a psychologist, neurorehabilitation doctor, obstetrician and gynecologist, an acupuncturist, physiotherapist, naturopath, osteopath and more.

The Female Athlete Networking and Education Event will take place at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus on October 14-15.

Tickets are limited. Go to to purchase.

Naomi C. Amerson