WACA paving way for Womens Cricket
The Western Australian Cricket Association in partnership with Cricket Australia is committed to becoming Australia’s leading sport for women and girls, as it continues to journey towards being a truly gender-equal sport.
In line with the official release of Australian Cricket’s 2020 Press for Progress Report, the WACA highlights the milestones its reached in helping to create better opportunities for women and girls in sport.
Western Australia is leading the country in the growth of registered female participation, boosting a massive 45% YoY to more than 5,800 participants according to the latest census report.
This incredible result demonstrates that cricket continues to be a sport of choice for both women and girls in the State.
It was a momentous season for WA’s elite teams, the Perth Scorchers reached the rebel Women’s Big Bash League finals for the fourth time in their five-year history, in what was the first ever WBBL standalone season.
The WA Women’s team made history, claiming their first ever Women’s National Cricket League title that was 33 years in the making, after previously lifting the Ruth Preddy Cup in the 1986-87 season.
The season culminated in the WACA Ground hosting its first women’s T20 International and setting a new attendance record for a women’s cricket match in WA. A bumper crowd of 5,280 witnessed Australia claim their first win of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament and India defeat Bangladesh in a thriller.
Off the field, the WACA has continued to make great strides towards gender equality in the workplace. This year 39% of all staff, 40% of Managers and 63% of General Managers are women.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said it’s important these fantastic outcomes at both the grassroots and elite level are celebrated, while knowing there is still a lot of work to do.
“It’s been a momentous past 12 months for the WA cricket community with more females engaged and playing cricket than ever before.” Ms Matthews said.
“Both the WACA and Cricket Australia have taken major steps in showcasing the gender inclusive nature of our great sport but there are no boundaries here and we continue to be committed to providing greater opportunities for women and girls across the cricket community.
“We’ve seen extremely positive results both on and off the field and its exciting that we can now see a visible pathway to inspire the next generation of cricketers.”
The Press for Progress Report documents Australian Cricket’s progress towards its aspiration to be Australia’s leading sport for women and girls - with the commitment to be openly accountable for this progress.