From the editor: Women’s sport


It has been a mammoth week in women’s sport.

On Friday, a solid crowd of more than 14,000 at McDonald Jones Stadium watched the Matildas dismantle Vietnam 5-0 in the first leg of an Olympic football qualifier (the second leg was being played while we went to print).

Two days later, on International Women’s Day (IWD), the Australian women’s cricket team thrashed India by 85 runs in front of 86,174 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win another T20 World Cup.

Closer to home – and away from the field – numerous women throughout the Hunter received recognition for their tireless work as part of the IWD celebrations.

I attended Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes’ IWD Morning Tea on Monday, which featured the city’s 2020 Citizen of the Year, Michelle Faithfull, as a guest speaker.

Michelle’s story was both heartbreaking and inspiring – a testament to her resilience and kind nature.

She has, after all, overcome personal tragedy to raise about $180,000 for various local charities over the past decade. And, she’s not done yet.

Both Michelle, and the late Jill Emberson, who was named Newcastle’s 2020 Local Woman of the Year, personify the selflessness and sacrifice that is prevalent across our region.