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Saultry’s Score | Women are smashing it in the sporting arena

By Meg Saultry

It's been a massive few weeks for women in sport, highlighted by the major news this week the Matildas, Australia's national women's soccer team, will be paid the same amount as their male counterparts, the Socceroos.

In the landmark pay deal, women and men will share 40% of revenue and prize money.

This comes off the back of a stellar tennis season for world number one, Ash Barty, who this week won the season-ending WTA Finals to claim a whopping $6.4 million paycheck. 

Barty set ‘to get stuck in’ for Australia

After claiming a maiden grand slam title at the French Open, Barty has risen to the top of women's tennis this year, so I'm sure many will be glued to the screens this summer to see how Barty fares in our home tournament, the Australian Open this summer.

Ash Barty in action during a Fed Cup Finals training session on Wednesday. AAP Image/Fiona Hamilton

The Women's Big Bash League is back on our screens’ and Elyse Perry is smashing it as per usual. But there are a host exciting new stars announcing themselves on the national platform, including teenagers Phoebe Litchfield and Amelia Kerr. 

Healy, Perry in world-record WBBL spree

And while we finally have a start date for the AFLW pre-season after protracted Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, the women's league further added more than 100 players to its stocks in the recent draft, where new club's St Kilda, Richmond, West Coast, and Gold Coast finalised a major list build.

Round One selections in the 2019 NAB AFL Women's Draft. AAP Image/Julian Smith

With so many options now for women athletes, the achievements and growth of these sports will only continue to permeate out through the community to young girls and women as they look to be inspired to play at any level of the sports they love. 

In Benalla, women’s sport continues to gain traction. While netball continues to go from strength to strength, our football stocks continue to develop as a record number of girls feature in the Bushrangers pre-season squad, while in another success story this year, the Benalla Breakers are fielding their first-ever basketball team in the CBL, opening up a pathway for Benalla basketball players to continue their development. 

Benalla Breakers set to field a senior women’s team for the first time in history

As we look to be inspired by the women lighting up our screens, lets to look towards the women in our community who are dominating in all levels of their chosen sports.