Strong Women

Strong Women offers a range of participation and leadership opportunities for women students.

The Strong Women program promotes the meaningful inclusion of women students across all levels of sport and active recreation at Melbourne University Sport – as participants, athletes, managers, leaders, coaches, umpires, and volunteers.

The Strong Women Network

The Strong Women Network is an exciting mentorship program which matches current women student-athletes with women from the University of Melbourne community who have been involved in high performance sport.

The Network enables women students-athletes to develop crucial leadership and vocational skills, contacts, and career pathway opportunities through mentoring.

We warmly welcome Trans-women and non-binary people to the Network also. Applications for 2023 will open soon.


Benefits of participating

  • Give back to the University community by helping shape the next generation of UoM Strong Women
  • Access up-and-coming women student-athletes for professional recruitment purposes
  • Share your legacy: Your experiences, professional expertise and lessons learned are too valuable to keep to yourself!
  • Elevate your resume: Mentorship speaks volumes of your positive character and willingness to invest in the development of your peers
  • Expand your Strong Women network with other mentors and mentees associated with the University of Melbourne

Registrations for 2023 will open soon


Benefits of participating

  • Career planning and professional development
  • Introduction to new professional networks
  • Increase your confidence in networking and your professional communication skills
  • Working through problems from a new perspective
  • Translating leadership skills as an athlete into your professional career
  • Practical advice that will help you find a job

Registrations for 2023 will open soon.



  • 3+ years professional career experience
  • Commit to meeting with a mentee once per month throughout the program. This can be in person, online or via phone
  • Previous/current involvement in high-performance sport as an athlete, coach, administrator.


  • 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students or currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree
  • Current involvement in high-performance sport
  • Commit to meeting with a mentor once per month throughout the program. This can be in person, online or via phone.
Screening and Matching Process

Due to the popularity of the Strong Women Network, student selection for this program is competitive.

When matching mentors and mentees, we consider areas of sport, study, professional experience, and interest areas of both individuals and try to match accordingly.

Selection of students and mentors to participate in the Strong Women Network is at the discretion of Melbourne University Sport.

Strong Women Programs - Semester 1 2023

Strong Women's Group Fitness classes

During semester 1, the Strong Women Program is running introductory Body Balance classes for Female students!

This includes 2 classes over 2 consecutive weeks and builds a foundation for getting into group training environments.

SW Programs for Semester 1

Body Balance in the Nona Lee Sports Centre:

  • Body Balance - 12:15-1:00pm - Monday 27/3 & 3/4

Guide: Uniforms that Encourage girls to play sport and be physically active

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Contact Us

For more information on the Strong Women Program, how to get involved with sport at the University of Melbourne, and the opportunities available for women and non-binary students, staff and community members, please contact Ange La Scala.