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Legendary former Hockeyroos coach Ric Charlesworth has questioned the motives of the major sporting codes for their expanded women's competitions.
Rachel de Bear

14 Jun 2016 - 7:30 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 7:30 PM

“I hope their motivation isn’t just about image or commercial gain,” he said.

“There’s been good progress in elite women’s sports and there’s been a fair bit of noise from soccer, cricket and football about expanded competitions and building a pathway to the highest level,” he said.

“Are they really committed to the women’s game? We’ll have to wait and see.”

Speaking after he was announced an Officer of the Order of Australia on the long weekend, Charlesworth also stated that the AFL, Cricket Australia, the Football Federation of Australia and the NRL must also provide female athletes with decent wages and conditions.

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“These gains are not easily won and the progress must be real and sustained. But it is not fast enough or big enough.

“(Because) we’re still a long way off the pace when comes to full recognition for women in sport. The playing field is still tilted," said the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Ambassador

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“As the father of two highly-talented daughters I know women can do anything a man can in terms of ability, intellect and making a difference,”

“We need to get rid of this historical stereotyping and the chauvinistic environment that exists at all levels of society and in sport. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

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