There’s been a veritable explosion of women’s sport in the past few years.
Most recently, the WBBL and AFLW have been beacons of success for their respective codes, bringing a visibility and prominence previously unseen in women’s sports in Australia.
The fledgeling AFLW, for instance, boasted average crowds of almost 7000 in its debut season, and repeatedly pulled in bigger TV audiences than male professional competitions like the A-League.
This success isn’t confined to the professional arena.
At a grassroots level, women’s AFL is the fastest growing sport in the nation, while female cricket participation continues to grow at over ten per cent year on year.
(Not to mention the extraordinarily strong position football, basketball and netball have established for themselves.)
And yet despite all of this, women’s sports in Australia still finds itself with a long and uncertain road ahead.
In the long-term, carving out a viable chunk of an already saturated sporting landscape will no doubt bring its own challenges, and the quality of the talent pool will need to dramatically improve.
It is patently essential that women’s sports continue to grow at a grassroots level, as well as build on their great starts and create more compelling professional products.
What do we need to ensure this happens?
Are there changes to the professional leagues you’d like to see? Rule modifications? Wage equality?
And how do we keep participation rates on an upward trajectory?
Let us know in the comments!
We’ll be taking on this issue in an upcoming episode of The Roar Podcast with our very own Roar Expert, Mary Konstantopoulos.
The best responses will be featured on the episode, so make sure to keep an eye out when we launch the podcast before the end of the year.