Lendlease sponsorship professionalises women's NSW cricket team in Australian first|
The Lendlease Breakers have created history by becoming the first fully professional cricket team in Australian domestic women's sport, thanks to a significant expansion in sponsorship provided by international property and infrastructure group Lendlease.
Chris Lamb, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lendlease, said: "For seven years we have supported the Lendlease Breakers and have watched closely as the quality of the game has improved, yet provisions for players have not.
"At Lendlease we are committed to a level playing field, giving women and men the same chance to succeed, as we know this hasn't always been the case for women in our industry and society. It's time for the sporting industry to do the same.
"Today we stand proudly alongside Cricket NSW at the forefront of this change as we expand our sponsorship to professionalise the Lendlease Breakers and lead a necessary journey towards gender equity in sport in Australia".
Every Lendlease Breakers player will now earn at least Australia's national minimum wage of $35,000, with the leading international players making $100,000 or more. This will give all NSW female players the opportunity to pursue a full time career in cricket.
Speaking at the media launch at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Andrew Jones, CEO, Cricket NSW, commented: "This truly is a landmark moment. Cricket NSW has always been a leader in women's sport and I am confident that every state in Australia will now follow our lead by giving their female cricketers the opportunity to earn a living wage".
"Cricket NSW is committed to growing and professionalising women's cricket by attracting and retaining the best athletes, providing world-class facilities, coaching and support staff, and offering all of our athletes a professional pathway".
The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport, also addressed the media at the launch, speaking of the significance of this announcement for female sports in Australia. Mr Ayres was supported by other dignitaries, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Treasurer and Patron of the Sydney Sixers WBBL team, and Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the NSW Governor and Patron of the Lendlease Breakers.