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One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?: Pandemic Effects and Women's Sport in Australia


O'Shea, M and Maxwell, H and Duffy, S and Peel, N, One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?: Pandemic Effects and Women's Sport in Australia, Impacts and Implications for the Sports Industry in the Post-COVID-19 Era, IGI Global, A Faganel, I Riznar and A Baruca (ed), Hershey PA, USA, pp. 209-231. ISBN 9781799867807 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-6780-7.ch014


Over the last decade, professional sport for women in Australia has experienced significant growth. However, the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to all facets of life including sport has slowed momentum towards equity, diversity, and inclusion. This chapter considers the complex and contested growth of sport for women in Australia during this period. It starts with Australia and New Zealand's bid win for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Then two Australian women's sport leagues are presented as illustrative case studies: the Australian Rules Football League for Women (AFLW) and the Super Netball League. A study of grassroots women's sports in 2020 highlights the challenges access and engagement can present for women and girls during this period. In summary, an exploration of the response of Australian women's sport to the COVID-19 pandemic provides opportunities for sports organisations to reassess and recalibrate the ways they could benefit both professional and grassroots sport for all.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:COVID 19, sport, women, females, girls
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:144367
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-05-18
Last Modified:2021-09-06
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