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ESSA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017



2017 women leaders award


Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and to celebrate, ESSA is recognising the pioneering women in our industry.

“At ESSA we are unique in that 50% of our membership is female, and we acknowledge that there is a wide range of women making significant changes and providing aspiring leadership in our industry, and they’re all making a difference that should be recognised,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign looked at #BeBoldForChange, and last month ESSA called for nominations for influential women who have actively worked for change in the exercise and sports science industry. A range of submissions poured in and three women were selected by a panel, for portraying true leadership and influencial change.

“ESSA wants to recognise those women who are helping forge a more inclusive, gender equal world and are driving excellence in our industry, and I believe these three women represent that significantly,” says Ms Hobson-Powell.

Dr Prue Cormie
Prue is an up and coming researcher that exemplifies a pioneering leadership in the field of Exercise and Cancer. She is also undertaking research that uses community settings and this is more valuable for our profession than the RCTs.


Dr Sandi Hayes
Professor Sandi Hayes strives to improve women’s health through world-first research into the use of exercise in optimising outcomes for women with breast and gynaecological cancers. Her passion and success are providing a visible path for women in research to emulate and Sandi is a valuable mentor for women wanting to progress in the field of exercise and cancer.


Dr Sophia Nimphius
Sophia is a leading sports scientist in a male dominated industry. Besides being an academic, she is the Sports Science Manager of Surfing Australia’s High Performance Program, and leads the high performance services with the WA Softball.


As we congratulate these three women, and all those who were nominated for their passion and leadership, ESSA encourages all to use International Women’s Day as an important opportunity to: 

  • celebrate the achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women
  • declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world.

 “Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity,” according to the International Women’s Day website.

For more information on International Women’s Day, please visit their website here.


For more information:
Zoe Bickerstaffe
ESSA Media and Marketing
P : 07 3171 3335
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