2018 - Success breeds spotlight in women's sport
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2018 - Success breeds spotlight in women's sport

Despite this lack of support and funding for women in sport, in 2018 our women’s cricket team won the world cup, the Opals took home gold at the commonwealth games and Stephanie Gilmore won her 7th Surfing World Title. The future is also looking positive for our women with the Matilda’s a strong prospect for winning the world cup in 2019 and the Diamonds on track to win their fifth consecutive world cup.
In addition to this, a recent study has highlighted that Australian sport supporters have the strongest emotional connection with their national women’s teams. The 2018 Benchmark Report, where a total of 4,299 men and women were surveyed as part of the study by True North Research, gauged the emotional connection fans have with their teams. The results of the survey are listed below. For the full list please visit
The Top 5 Australian national sporting sides:
  1. Pearls – Australian women’s rugby sevens team
  2. Matildas – Australia women’s soccer team
  3. Diamonds – Australian netball team
  4. Opals – Australian women’s basketball team
  5. Kangaroos – Australian rugby league team


    Through IGSSA sport, we hope to inspire girls and recognise the opportunity this success is creating for girls within our member schools.
    Vicki Fitzgerald
    AHIGS Director of Sport
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