The 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport was held from 20 to 23 May 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
The main conference venue was the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre located in Darling Harbour, a deepwater cove of Sydney Harbour. The Darling Harbour area is Sydney's most exciting tourism precinct, located on the waterfront within walking distance of the heart of the city.
The final day of the conference was held in Sydney Olympic Park, home to the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This final day also featured a Women's Sports Festival celebrating women's participation and achievement in sport.
The 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport was organised under the auspices of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) with the support of New South Wales Sport and Recreation, the University of Technology, Sydney the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
The Sydney conference followed those conferences held in Brighton, U.K. (1994); Windhoek, Namibia (1998); Montreal, Canada (2002) and Kumamoto, Japan (2006).
The Conference Patron-in-Chief was Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia and The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG served as a Patron.
The Conference had an impressive team of current and former Australian women athlete Ambassadors for the event led by Cathy Freeman OAM.
Reflecting the theme Play | Think | Change the Conference program was designed with a unique blend of presentations about good practices and cutting-edge research to stimulate debate and explore positive change for women and sport.
The Conference aimed to:
The Conference Program had five sub-themes.