INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Thu 7 Mar 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrating the sporting and leadership achievements plus contributions of women in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. Featuring guest speaker 2018 Victorian of the Year, Susan Alberti AC and joined by a panel of local inspiring women, Jillian Chalmers, Felicity Frederico (OAM), Michelle Jelleff & Joanne Wood (see bios below). This is a great opportunity to meet, hear from and network with local women from a diverse range of sporting associations. Refreshments served from 5.45pm. Book tickets here
The following partners are delivering this event, Connect Health & Community, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE), Highett Neighbourhood Community House, Bayside City Council, Moongala Community House, Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin, Central Bayside Community Health Services and Bentleigh Secondary School.
Jillian Chalmers – Jill is the inaugural Director of Women’s Football Competition, AFL Masters Victorian Metropolitan League. In 2018, Jill established the first women’s competition with over 100 players and six teams launched in the first season. In a male dominated sport, Jill unwaveringly committed to building a competition for women to ensure women of all ages and abilities had the opportunity to play competitive AFL. In creating the Masters competition Jill has brought local Southern Metropolitan women together in a positive and supportive environment, and provided an avenue for further growth of AFL Women’s competition.
Felicity Frederico (OAM) Felicity is a key advocate and leader for the development of sport in Southern Metropolitan particularly for women and girls. She has been a key advocate to drive the Grass Ceiling campaign in Bayside which has seen $100 million committed over four years to upgrade sporting pavilions to include female-friendly facilities. Felicity has also played a key role in launching Bayside United Football Club into the National Premier Leagues – Victoria, the state’s highest domestic women’s soccer competition which provides a crucial avenue for local girls into the elite pathway for the sport. She has served as a Director of the South Metro Junior Football League and currently serves on the Board of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Joanne Wood is the Head Coach for the Victorian Youth Championship Women Sandringham Sabres. In a male dominated domain such as coaching, Jo has worked hard to become a successful leader, coach and mentor for Southern Metropolitan women and has led her team to be reigning back to back champions in 2017 and 2018. Jo has also had a highly successful career as a player in the WNBL – Women’s National Basketball League.
Michelle Jelleff is the founding director and chair at the START foundation, an organisation that empowers amputees in life through sport by providing grants to purchase sports prosthesis or adaptive equipment, to assist amputees to sporting dreams. Michelle is a local Southern Metropolitan resident who is
passionate about equality and inclusion in sport. She brings a range of skills and experience to the START foundation, including leadership, governance and
financial management from over 30 years working in education and sporting organisations in Australia and the United States.