Yvette Berry and Baseball Canberra pitching the importance of women in sport

Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry. Picture: Karleen Minney
Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry. Picture: Karleen Minney

Yvette Berry has stepped up to the mound for Baseball Canberra as the Minister for Sport and Recreation lauds the rise of females in sport.

Berry was invited to throw the opening pitch at Baseball Canberra's first women's all-star game on Tuesday night, celebrating the emergence of the women's competition which swelled from three to five teams this season.

"This government is a big supporter of women's sport and has a strong record of improving opportunities for women and girls to participate," Berry said.

Berry says government-funded sporting organisations have now achieved 40 per cent female representation on their boards, while changerooms across town are being upgraded to be female friendly.

The minister says these organisations are focused on providing opportunities for development through an elite female coaching scholarship and a participation and leadership program.

Baseball Canberra general manager Josh Matavesi says the all-star game can help players press for national selection.

"Baseball Canberra has been hard at work creating pathways and opportunities for our female athletes to progress to the next level of competition," Matavesi said.

"We have so far created a women's development program which supports the skill development and game play to a high standard to be able to keep up with the bigger and stronger states.

"We have ensured that we have a development program, elite program and a national championship traveling team to recommence with."

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