Strong Women Network

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 mentorship and professional workshops held at the University.

The Strong Women Network will be again held in Semester Two 2021.

Important Dates

The timeline for the program is as follows:

June: Recruitment of mentors and mentees

July - August: Initial on-campus training workshops for both mentors and mentees

September - November: Face-to-face meetings between mentors and mentees

October: Mid program workshop for mentors and mentees to share experiences and learnings as well as network across the cohort.

December: On-campus end of year review and celebration


Benefits of participating

  • Expand your Strong Women network with other mentors and mentees associated with the University of Melbourne
  • 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

Register as a mentor here.


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

Register as a mentee here.



  • 3+ years professional career experience
  • Commit to meeting with a mentee once per month throughout the program (March until end of October). This can be in person or via skype (or similar).
  • Previous involvement in high-performance sport


  • 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 (March until end of October). This can be in person or via skype (or similar).
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.

To discuss the program further please contact the Sport Leadership Coordinator:

Asha Steer
Sport Leadership Coordinator