8 March 2018 | Tennis SA

A tenth director position will be added to the Tennis SA Board after a change to the constitution was voted in at a Special General Meeting held on Monday night. The tenth director position will be filled by a female.

In 2016, the South Australian Women in Sport Taskforce Action Plan was launched to assist sporting associations in South Australia create environments where the contribution of women is valued, respected and encouraged.

Key aims of the plan include addressing the inequalities in participation, leadership and recognition of women in sport. One of the strategies identified to facilitate this positive change is focused on having state sporting organisation boards to encompass a minimum of 40 per cent women, 40 per cent men and the remaining 20 per cent to be discretionary.

The addition of the tenth director position will take Tennis SA one step closer to achieving the 40:40:20 board composition when elections take place in May.

In another important change, the Tennis SA Board will introduce tenure, which will also come in to effect in May.

These are the most significant constitutional changes regarding the composition of the Tennis SA Board since the merger of the South Australian Hardcourt Tennis League and the South Australian Tennis Association
20 years ago.

“We are thrilled to have added a tenth director position to the Tennis SA Board,” Tennis SA President Kent Thiele said.

“We are committed to proactively supporting gender diversity on the board and ensuring alignment of Tennis SA with State Government strategies.

“We look forward to welcoming our new director following the Election Meeting in May,” Thiele added.