Foster joins special Sport Australia committee

Friday 10 December, 2021
Margot Foster AM OLY joins Sport Australia with the aim of helping sporting directors. (Photo: Flash Studio)
Motorsport Australia Vice President Margot Foster AM OLY has joined a team of high-profile sporting directors and governance experts to support sporting directors and develop stronger sporting communities. 
 
A new free online resource launched by Sport Australia, the ‘Start Line’ Director Education course aims to help directors at all levels govern successful sporting organisations. 
 
Foster will join a team of other Australian sporting experts, which includes swimming champion Kieren Perkins OAM, former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis AO and AFL Commissioner Gabrielle Trainor AO.  
 
Foster brings a wealth of experience to the team, with more than 30 years experience in sports administration and governance at board level. Foster joined the Motorsport Australia Board in 2018, before being elected as the first ever woman Vice President in 2020. 
 
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair Josephine Sukkar AM said the course was another way Sport Australia was helping to strengthen the sport sector.  
 
“Sport Australia is committed to supporting sporting organisations and their leaders to continually improve their governance systems and processes,” Sukkar said. 
 
“It is extremely important that the sport sector has the right people on boards with the right skills. Even for experienced directors, there is always more to learn and opportunities to grow. 
 
“It’s this desire to learn and ability to adapt that makes us a leader on a global sporting stage.”  
 
Sport Australia is responsible for driving greater participation, engagement and capability in Australian sport, with an investment in national sporting organisations, including organisations for people with a disability, to champion the value of sport and encourage Australians of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to get involved in sport. 
 
The Start Line was developed with input from across multiple parties including National Sporting Organisations, industry experts and State and Territory Agencies of Sport and Recreation.  
 
The course will help directors from community level to elite, improve their knowledge of the fundamentals of directorship and support their contribution and impact to their sport. 
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