Leader Spotlight: Janice Crosswhite of International Association for Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

Q: Where do you live?

A. Melbourne, Australia

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Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Founded 69 years ago, IAPESGW is a membership-based organization with members from all continents and across the world that helps conduct international policy and aid work in PE and sport.

Our mission is:
- To facilitate growth and development in the areas of PE, sport, physical activity and dance through global contacts and networks
- To provide educational and professional experiences including research opportunities to support evidence based advocacy and leadership development
- To provide educational and professional experiences in and through leadership development

The photo is of my over 65 masters basketball team, “Aussie Butterflies”. We have won four World Masters Gold Medals for our age group.

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Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. I have been the founding president of two associations for women in sport. You need to develop the vision of what you want and then collaborate and cooperate with other like-minded women and men to go forward.

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Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. We would love more members, so please look at our website www.iapesgw.org and join online.

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Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. Betty Watson, who was President of the Australian Women’s Basketball Association. The “mother” of women’s basketball in Australia and a great friend.

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Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A. Believe in yourself and have confidence to do the things you want to do!

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Connect with Janice and IAPESGW through their Facebook page!

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