27 June 2012
27 June 2012
University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Emma Jane Clark, 25, has become the CEO of Womensport Queensland within two years of completing her degree.
Womensport Queensland is a non-profit organisation which provides a voice for women in sport and inspires and supports women and girls through its development programs and promotional events.
As CEO, Emma Jane will oversee various community engagement programs that encourage girls and women to participate in sport by highlighting the physical and mental benefits of exercise.
Emma Jane, who now lives in Hamilton, finished a Bachelor of Communication at USC in 2010. She gained employment with Womensport Queensland immediately after completing an internship with the organisation during her final semester of study.
She said the work integrated learning opportunities at USC had given her an extra edge in finding employment by preparing her for the workplace.
“I can apply everything I learnt during my degree to this new role, particularly the public relations courses and strategic planning,” Emma Jane said.
“The leadership and team skills I learnt at USC mirrors what happens in real life when you need to work with different personalities and use each other’s strengths and weaknesses to work at your best.”
The former Matthew Flinders Anglican College student and Sunshine Beach surf lifesaving competitor said she chose to study at USC because of its smaller class sizes and personal contact with lecturers and tutors who are industry professionals.
“The lecturers and tutors are really passionate and amazing to learn from. They really motivated me in my study and to achieve my goals,” she said.
Emma Jane said her new role would involve travelling to the United States and Canada later this year to learn how other sporting organisations operate.
She will visit the Women’s Sport Foundation in New York, founded by iconic female athlete Billie Jean King, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I want to make my mark on women’s sport and take the organisation to the next level of success,” she said.
— Shelley Medhurst