The South West Development Commission celebrated International Women’s Day on Monday March 8 by giving young females a chance to be inspired by a West Australian sporting hero – Perth Glory Captain Natasha Rigby.
During her well-received speech to a crowd at Maker + Co, Rigby highlighted sacrifice, resilience and vulnerability as lessons learnt from her impressive sporting career.
It has been an extraordinary journey for the versatile defender who was appointed as the club’s new skipper in 2019, in just her fourth season of W-League football. She had big shoes to fill, taking over from Sam Kerr when she moved to English club Chelsea. The inspiring young leader is again wearing the armband for the 2020/21 season.
SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede, who emceed the event, said Rigby provided insight into her journey from Margaret River to Perth Glory.
“Natasha’s empathy, humility and leadership truly shone through and gave us an insight into the challenges elite sportswomen face to get equal recognition and sponsorship,” Ms Teede said.
“It was a fantastic event with many young women coming up to me after the presentation saying how much they enjoyed the event.”