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Associate Professor Clare Hanlon

Associate Professor Clare Hanlon is an expert advisor and researcher known for her persistence in breaking down barriers for women in sport.

Associate Professor Clare Hanlon - 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women inductee
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For over 25 years, Clare’s research, advocacy and determination has had an enduring positive impact on opportunities for women in the Victorian and national sport communities.

Clare’s strategic leadership is frequently sought by those embracing the need for change in sport. She has worked with government, international peak bodies, and commercial organisations to increase opportunities for women as leaders and participants in sport and active recreation.

Clare is an Associate Professor with the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University,  President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Director of Gymnastics Australia. Clare advised the Victorian Government on the development of the Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guide, and served on the Ministerial Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation.

Clare’s wide-ranging research has helped retailers better understand women’s active wear needs,  promoted the importance of women’s physical activity and leadership in Southeast Asia,  and has empowered women’s leadership in sport organisations.

In 2016, the Victorian Minister for Sport recognised Clare as one of four ‘Change our Game’ female role models in sport. Her work was globally recognised in the book Oceania inspirational women: Making a difference in physical education, sport and dance.

Clare uses her knowledge and passion to mentor women to become leaders in sport.