In 2015, an independent inquiry conducted by the Victorian Government into women and girls in sport and recreation highlighted gender inequality in the Victorian sports sector, with women underrepresented in leadership roles and environments that are male-centric and dominated.
In response to these findings, Triathlon Victoria has created a Women in Triathlon Working Group who will work closely with the association to implement networking, development and leadership opportunities for women in triathlon.
The Women in Triathlon Working Group meet every six weeks and comprises of the following professionals, who will be reaching out to clubs regularly and working with them to offer more opportunities for women and girls across all sectors of the triathlon workforce: administration, coaching, officiating and athletes.
Caitlin Honey (Chairperson)
General Manager, Community Engagement at Athletics Victoria
Caitlin has a passion for equality and equity which led her to complete a PhD in Sport Sociology. Focusing on children’s sport and play, Caitlin’s research allowed her to work in the gender and sport space, which included the development of the Triathlon Victoria’s Gender Equity Report and Subsequent Action Plan for equality. Caitlin has previously worked with Cricket Victoria across their social cricket program before taking on the role of General Manager, Community Engagement at Athletics Victoria.
Head of Facilities and Infrastructure at City of Casey
Mardi is a qualified civil engineer and oversees a large team that is responsible for all civil infrastructure and facility maintenance in the City of Casey. Having worked across local government and YMCA Victoria, Mardi has a strong understanding of the local government industry and community facilities landscape.
Mardi’s interest in triathlon was sparked in 2015 with the Hawthorn Triathlon Club Try a Tri Program. She has since gone on to complete two IRONMAN 70.3 events and has represented Australia at the 2019 ITU World Championships in Switzerland. A qualified coach and personal trainer, Mardi is passionate about triathlon as a vehicle for not only health and fitness but a sense of community, camaraderie and achievement.
Triathlon Victoria Board Member and Executive Officer Old Xaverians’ Association
Davina has experience working in a variety of sports at school and club level and has been a member of sporting boards including the Old Xaverians Football Club (1995-2004) and the Victorian Amateur Football Association (2005-2015). More recently, Davina has been the Director of a 250-member strong netball club and is currently the Executive Officer of the Old Xaverians’ Association working in the Advancement Department at Xavier College.
Within sporting organisations, Davina has worked across commercial sub-committees, event organisation, sponsorship and developing effective databases. Davina is an enthusiastic and high performing competitor across sprint to long course triathlon.
Senior Associate, Melbourne Practice Leader, Partner and Director at SGS Economics and Planning GAICD.
Community Development and Partnerships Officer at University of Melbourne
Stephanie has first-hand experience of sport as a vehicle to achieve development outcomes in health, social cohesion, and the impact that sport can play in the lives of women and girls.
A long-held passion for community development, and placing great value on the benefits of sport to the well-being of individuals and communities, Steph has first-hand experience of sport as a vehicle to achieve development outcomes in health, social cohesion, and particularly for the impact that sport can play in the lives of women and girls.
Stephanie developed her strong understanding of grassroots community participation working in sport across remote Northern Territory, and further built upon this, and her passion for international development, managing sport development and sport diplomacy programs across Asia and the Pacific with Cricket and Netball in partnership with the Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
A passionate triathlete in her spare time, Stephanie enjoys training and racing for Sprint and Standard distance and represented Australia at the Age Group World Championships on the Gold Coast in 2018. Stephanie also coaches triathlon and is particularly passionate about sharing her love of the sport with others new to triathlon, knowing first-hand the significant impact it can have on lives.
Community Health and Wellbeing Manager at Western Bulldogs
Triathlon has been an integral part of Dimity’s life since moving to Melbourne from regional Victoria at the age of 17. Dimity has been a member of two Victorian clubs where she has competed in numerous local races as well as coached. In 2012, Dimity qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii, a life-long dream.
Outside of triathlon, Dimity works in a Community Health and Wellbeing capacity for the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, where she is fortunate to be able to live her passion for improving health and quality of life through sport. Dimity is passionate about promoting gender equity in sport. In 2019 she received the Change our Game Scholarship, awarded by the Office for Women in Sport for women leaders in the sports sector.
Dr. Kirsty Forsdike
Researcher in Women’s Safety in Sport and Lecturer in Management
Kirsty took up triathlon in 2012 and has completed several IRONMAN, Half IRONMAN and various other distances over the years. She thoroughly loves the community that is triathlon and the exceptional support amongst women who participate. She is also a member of the Western Suburbs Triathlon Club.
Kirsty is passionate about women’s sport, wellbeing and safety and has spent the last twelve years working and publishing as a researcher specialising in violence against women. Kirsty’s PhD explored women’s experiences of sport participation and mental health and wellbeing with a focus on social connections. More recently, Kirsty has been working to understand violence against women within a sport setting.
This wonderful team of women are passionate about creating positive change in triathlon and will be the driving force behind the success of this initiative.
The projects they will work across include the development and implementation of support structures, including mentoring and networking opportunities, addressing cultural issues through greater communication and access to education, training and leadership development opportunities.
Triathlon Victoria affiliated clubs, squads and members will have access to these opportunities that will support females within their triathlon community.