UTS academic honoured at NSW Her Sport Her Way Awards
Dr Johanna Adriaanse has been recognised for her work advancing opportunities for women and girls in sport.
UTS Business School’s Dr Johanna Adriaanse, an academic, author and advocate for women, sport and gender equality, has been recognised for her exceptional efforts in advancing opportunities for women and girls in sport for more than 25 years.
Dr Adriaanse received the Trailblazer Award, together with cricket pioneer and LGBTQI advocate Alex Blackwell and Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell, at the NSW government’s inaugural Her Sport Her Way Awards in Sydney.
Other awardees included NRL General Manager of the Women’s Elite Program Tiffany Slater who received the champion award, and Claudia Bell from NSW Rugby, who received the young achievers award.
“I’m honoured to be recognised for my work advocating for gender equality and women's rights in sport, particularly in the presence of so many remarkable women,” said Dr Adriaanse.
“Women’s sport has come a long way, and with the Twenty20 final scheduled for International Women’s Day this Sunday, I’m hoping we’ll see a big turnout in terms of public support at the MCG,” she said.
The rise in popularity and opportunities we’ve seen in women’s sport haven’t happened by accident. They’ve come about through the vision, leadership, hard work and persistence of many people.
NSW Office of Sport Chief Executive Karen Jones
Dr Adriaanse began her career as a physical education teacher, and joined UTS in 1991. She has conducted research on a range of critical issues in gender diversity, including women’s representation on sports boards, and strategies to increase the participation of girls in sport.
Her achievements span the local, national and international level. From 2005-2019 she held executive roles in the international women’s movement including Co-chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport – the world’s largest network dedicated to advancing sport by empowering women and girls.
Dr Adriaanse’s advocacy in Australia led the establishment of a register of women candidates for board positions on national sport organisations, and the requirement for those organisations to report on the gender composition of boards annually.
Since that time, the percentage of women directors on national sporting organisations has increased from 22% in 2010 to more than 39% in 2018.
NSW Office of Sport Chief Executive Karen Jones said the Her Sport Her Way awards aim to recognise those who continue to push for women and girls to have equal choices and opportunities to lead and participate in their chosen sport.
“The rise in popularity and opportunities we’ve seen in women’s sport haven’t happened by accident. They’ve come about through the vision, leadership, hard work and persistence of many people,” said Ms Jones.
“Through the Her Sport Her Way Awards we want to recognise those people who have brought us to this point,” she said.