Rikki Swannell has been a sports broadcaster for 15 years, including six years as Sports Editor for Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB, covering various World Cups, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Now a freelance commentator and reporter, she can be heard on rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and hockey for Sky Sport and on the Women's World Sevens Series.Read more exclusive columns
Wahine Round can't be a token measure - Swannell
Rikki Swannell 20 Sep 2018 Getty Images
QUICK TAP: DR FARAH PALMER WINS WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARD
Just this week it was announced that the playing numbers among girls and women continue to rise, Dr Farah Palmer was recognised at the women of influence awards, Selica Winiata became the first woman to score 100 first class tries and members of the Black Ferns have again taken ‘Nancy’ on an outing, this time touring around Northland.
The development work at some of the provincial unions is nothing short of outstanding, and they will reap huge benefits from the hours being put in to Ripper competitions, coaching clinics and club based player recruitment drives.
There is a group of players at high performance level, men and women, who are politically, socially and culturally aware, and who are encouraged to proudly support causes.
As we continue to celebrate #WahineRound, we look back at the historic occasion when the first #BlackFerns received their cap. pic.twitter.com/PW2KGXYUKV— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) September 18, 2018There is however some way to go. The lack of coaching opportunities for women across all sport, bar netball, is a major black mark, and while strides have been made at governance and senior management level, the pace of progress is still a little slow.
There are many attitudes that still to need to change and some that never will. There are days when it feels like we’re back at square one and times when things occur that are downright wrong. Some days, it feels like a battle and it’s tiring. But other days you have to choose to celebrate the victories, enjoy success, revel in the steps taken and be proud of what has been achieved by and for, women and men. Some days you put on purple and simply enjoy the game.
DOUBLE HEADER | @BOPRugby will host a #Mitre10Cup and #FarahPalmerCup double header on Friday night. Make sure you get down and show your support. ??
?? Both games are live on @skysportnz #WahineRound #Ours pic.twitter.com/4DE5JzHby5— Mitre 10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) September 19, 2018