International Women’s Day – 2020

By |2020-03-09T11:56:10+10:30March 8th, 2020|

On International Women's Day, it's fitting we reflect on the contribution women have made to our fantastic sport. Not only would we not have this sport if not for the equal role women play in Korfball, both in an on-court role and participation numbers, the sport in Australia is indebted to several women in particular, [...]

International Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceForBetter

By |2019-03-07T19:04:23+10:30March 7th, 2019|

Gender equality and sport: why Australia is ready for Korfball. #BalanceForBetter The Australian Government's latest initiative to increase female participation numbers in organised sport and physical activities, Girls Make Your Move, is a fantastic concept, and addresses real-world issues in a fun, upbeat manner. While the campaign looks like it's having a fantastic impact in encouraging [...]

Gender Relations in Korfball Survey 2

By |2018-07-19T22:07:55+09:30May 9th, 2017|

In our first survey, Gender Relations in Korfball, we asked your opinion about the interplay between females and males in our sport.   In this second survey, we want to find out more about your personal experiences in Korfball. We believe this will help us to recognise what we need to do to make Korfball [...]

Making a difference playing korfball – Part 5: The Administrator

By |2017-02-27T17:27:07+10:30February 27th, 2017|

Decision making for groups at the game level is quite simple - the referee, the captain and the coach. Beyond the game level, decisions become more complex - at club, league, state, national and international levels. Since we are a mixed sport, gender interests must always be considered and for that reason we should be [...]

Korfball at the 2017 ACHPER International Conference – Report

By |2017-02-14T17:12:22+10:30February 14th, 2017|

The ACHPER International Conference had delegates from around the world including teachers, sport, recreation, health and government officials. Over 30 of these attended the two korfball presentations of Ashlee Othen and Luke Rosie assisted by Alison Othen.   Presenting at this conference was a great way to increase awareness of Korfball in Australian schools, governments [...]

Making a difference playing korfball – Part 4: The Referee

By |2017-02-10T17:01:11+10:30February 10th, 2017|

The referee is the most exposed performer in a korfball game. Players and coaches individually may occasionally be analysed but the referee is exposed to it continually throughout their game. They are the supreme decision makers as to the conduct of the game and thus the arbitrators of fairness in interpretation of the rules and [...]

Making a difference playing korfball – Part 3: The Coach

By |2018-07-19T22:07:55+09:30January 27th, 2017|

Modern korfball coaches recognise that when you have the widest range of options in play you are more likely to be successful. This means moving from some traditional strategies based on gender – such as males taking attacking roles and females feeding roles – to more flexible ones, with anyone being able to take on [...]

Improving gender relations through sport: The International Korfball experience

By |2018-07-19T22:07:55+09:30January 18th, 2017|

Summary of paper presented by Ashlee Othen at the ACHPER International Conference, Canberra 2017, based on the research of Roy Kirkby (Honorary Life Member, International Korfball Federation)   Attention to gender relations is increasingly being seen as urgent. As the aspirations of each gender increasingly overlap, there is a need for change in attitudes and [...]

Making a difference playing korfball – Part 2: The player

By |2017-01-09T16:29:08+10:30January 9th, 2017|

Previously, through our international survey, we found gender relations were improved through playing korfball. We belief that both genders are equally capable in all playing roles. To this end we require skill equality from both genders in these roles for greater success. It also applies to non-player roles in the sport and these will be [...]

Making a difference playing korfball

By |2018-07-19T22:07:55+09:30December 20th, 2016|

Korfball is commencing a new wave of awareness in the Australian community in particular for making a positive contribution to improving gender relations. Many of you will be aware of the International Survey we conducted earlier in the year where contributors found that relationships between boys and girls, women and men improved through playing our [...]

Gender Equality Survey – Results in Global Media

By |2016-12-19T16:59:37+10:30June 10th, 2016|

As many of our regular readers will know, Roy Kirkby, in association with the IKF, recently conducted an international survey on Gender Equality in Korfball, focusing on the role of Korfball in changing perceptions of Gender Equality in the wider community. With over 240 responses, from 25 countries, the survey managed to capture responses from [...]

Korfball at the 2015 ACHPER International Conference

By |2018-07-19T22:08:01+09:30April 17th, 2015|

On the 15th of April, Roy Kirkby, National Technical Coordinator, along with Tim Miller, Continental President IKF Oceania, presented a seminar to the 2015 ACHPER International Conference. This conference was attended by delegates from all over the world, including Australia, Singapore, as well as many other nations. ACHPER is the leading professional association representing teachers [...]

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