$10 million dollars for women’s sport

Jacinda World Tour 2018.
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Jacinda knows what it is like to play to an empty stadium. Unfortunately, so do a lot of women athletes. Some, of course, are on top of their game, earning large fees and doing very well. Think Lydia Ko, the Silver Ferns, Lisa Carrington and Valerie Adams. These are athletes we are very proud of. Sophie Pascoe too. We are very proud of her.

We also have lots of male athletes that we are proud of, and unfortunately, they are now suffering from discrimination.

Yes, they are. Because Jacinda has decided to put a lot more money into women’s sport and it is discrimination.

Stuff  reports: quote:

At the strategy’s launch at Eden Park on Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said girls are interested in playing sport when they’re young and enjoy participating with their friends, but then drop out. end quote.

So do a lot of boys, Jacinda. Oh, I can’t tell you how much I wish Neve had been a little boy. quote:

Through the strategy, the Government wants to increase the involvement of women in sport at grass roots and elite levels, and also encourage women to have a bigger influence in coaching and administration.

Some progress has been made at higher levels of sport in parity between men and women and there is increased media coverage of women’s sport. end quote.

There might be more media coverage, but does that translate into ticket sales? quote:

“But when we look at the Football Ferns and New Zealand Football’s role in making sure there is pay equity there, that was great progress.

“In rugby sevens, we already have that, for the 15s, yes we’ve finally got professional contracts.

“We need to keep pushing and cajoling, but quite clearly the Government doesn’t run those individual sporting organisations. end quote.

Yes, it is important to remember that the government should leave sport alone, and stop trying to influence what people should watch. Nothing will ever make me watch the Black Ferns, or the White Ferns, for that matter. No offence, ladies, but women simply do not have the physical strength to make the games interesting to watch.

(Oh God. I’ve just had a terrible thought. Mediocre male rugby and cricket players ‘identifying as women…) quote:

“What’s in the strategy today, is the fact that when we are coming to do our funding agreements for 2020, we will be looking at this strategy and we will be talking to national sporting organisations about how they’re going in implementing this strategy as part of that funding discussion.” end quote.

2020 again. I have never known such a forward-looking government. Planning the next election from three years out. quote:

“There will be a group of girls out there listening to what we’re talking about today and probably almost all of them would have had some experience at some point that’s put them off participating in sport and recreation,” Ardern said.

“So that tells me that we do need to worry about it down to a school level, so I hope that we have full buy-in at every single level, because it’s often at school that participation starts or stops and determines whether it carries on later in life.” end quote.

So, we are not actually talking about fostering the next Lisa Carrington or Valerie Adams? No. We are just talking about getting teenage girls more into sport?

Isn’t that what schools, or, dare I say, parents, are supposed to do? quote:

But Ardern noted that Black Ferns jerseys were nowhere near as readily available to buy as All Blacks jerseys.

“We should be able to have the most basic things like merchandise for our sports teams that are both female and male, equally available,” she said.

“People would be surprised that this wouldn’t be the case, particularly given we’re talking about a world champion team and one which have a huge following. end quote.

By world sports standards, even the All Blacks don’t have ‘a huge following’, because most of the world is not interested in rugby. So, how on earth she can claim that the Black Ferns have a ‘huge following’ is beyond me. She’s dreaming. She’s also making it up.

I have no problem with encouraging girls and women to get into sports, but there are lots of outlets already around to do that. Spending $10 million on girls sports, while completely ignoring boys sports, is just plain discrimination. Where do you think Beauden Barrett, Peter Burling or Steven Adams came from? Why can’t we sponsor a few more of them as well?


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