Local business leaders enjoyed exclusive access to WA’s home of cricket, complete with leadership insights from a discussion panel hosted by Director of Sport at 9News Perth, Tania Armstrong, and featuring WACA CEO Christina Matthews together with Perth Scorchers players Heather Graham and Ashton Agar.
The theme for the day was ‘Balance for Better’ in line with this year’s global campaign for International Women’s Day.
Leadership in business and sport
Drawing on their diverse professional experience across business and sport, panel members offered their thoughts on leadership on and off the field.
Christina and Tania shared their experiences on becoming unwitting trailblazers in their industry and described the hurdles they had to overcome as women in a traditionally male dominated field.
Emphasising the importance of language, Christina described how her next challenge is to get to a point of talking about the game as just cricket instead of women’s cricket and men’s cricket.
“It’s about the boarder humanity of the game,” she said. “Otherwise we’re putting men’s cricket up as the proper game and women’s cricket as something that’s just happened along.”
“It’s one game that everybody can play.”
Scorchers’ allrounder Heather Graham, who was recently crowned the Women’s Domestic Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards, outlined her experiences as an athlete climbing the cricketing ranks and the impact she has on next generation of female athletes.
In previous years, Graham had to juggle training and other cricket commitments alongside her part-time job.
But now, thanks to a new pay deal that has increased wages for Australia’s female domestic players, she’s been able to dedicate herself full-time to cricket.
“It’s great to see so many young girls loving their sport these days,” she said. “Cricket is definitely a big one for girls coming through and it’s great to see the WACA providing such a great platform for young girls now.”
This year marks Kleenheat’s third year as Principal Partner of the women’s Perth Scorchers – a relationship built on our shared commitment to the ongoing success of cricket in our home state.
The Scorchers are on a mission to establish cricket as a sport for all Australians, while we continue our efforts to drive diversity in the workplace and grow leadership opportunities for women.
Together we’re helping build equality on and off the field, encouraging the development of women in cricket across WA and helping inspire the next generation of sporting and local business leaders.
The energy behind WA business
Kleenheat has plenty of runs on the board since introducing competition to the WA natural gas market in 2013, having delivered almost $30 million in savings to local households in just five years.
But our focus on genuine ongoing value extends beyond WA homes, with a growing portfolio of business customers – from small businesses to large-scale commercial and industrial clients – also enjoying all the benefits that come with supporting WA’s home team for energy.
Kleenheat’s local team continues to work closely with local businesses to develop tailored natural gas, LPG and electricity solutions that meet specific needs and budgets.
For more information on Kleenheat’s energy offering for business, head to kleenheat.com.au/business.