Gender equality on Racing Boards

05:17 AM 17 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Sydney harness racing club, Bankstown Paceway, has called on the New South Wales Government and, in particular, the Minister for Racing, the Hon George Souris MP, to embrace greater gender equality on the governing bodies of racing boards and race clubs, where female representation is virtually non existent.

"The commissioning of women, like Stephanie Rice, as ceremonial racing carnival ambassadors and the production of glossy, glamour swimsuit style calendars featuring scantily clad female racing industry participants does not in any way, shape or form make up for the appalling gender inequity when it comes to the appointment of women to actual leadership roles on the decision making bodies of NSW racing boards and clubs," the General Manager of Bankstown Paceway, Geoffrey Grasso, said.

"Since coming to office in 2011, the O'Farrell Government has appointed just one single female to the seven member Racing NSW board while, under Minister Souris, the Australian Turf Club, NSW Harness Racing Club and Harness Racing NSW have boards totalling almost thirty men - with not one single woman in sight," Mr Grasso said.

"The grass ceiling of racing in NSW is further highlighted by the lack of female directors on the controlling bodies of racing - and these appointments are made at the personal discretion of the Minister for Racing, Mr Souris," he said.

"While there are two women out of the five Greyhound Racing NSW board members, there is just one woman out of the seven Racing NSW board members and no woman at all out of the five Harness Racing NSW board members - what is more, Harness Racing NSW employs not one single female at a senior executive or middle management level."

"The NSW Government, its racing boards and other race clubs across our state would do well to learn from the example set by the Bankstown Harness Racing Club - the most gender diverse race club in Sydney, if not the whole of NSW - where, I am pleased to say, three out of our ten board members are female, while three out of the four senior executive team members who report directly to me are women," Mr Grasso added.

Geoffrey Grasso - General Manager, Bankstown Paceway - 0418 664 197

 

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