OPINION: Gympie needs women's sport to survive
COMMENT: I don't mean to sound alarmist when I say the state of the sporting landscape in Gympie is cracking.
There is a great deal of talk among sporting clubs in town about the struggle for player numbers and the various social factors impacting on local sport.
However, it is not all doom and gloom.
The surge in female participation in traditionally male dominated sports is providing a vibrant and positive element to our sporting town.
Clubs like the Hammers are leading the way in this regard but have a plethora of codes behind them making ground in their own way.
The open mindedness and innovation of these clubs is to be applauded.
Gympie sporting officials across the board are showing they are up with the times and moving in the same direction as our metropolitan cousins.
The Gympie Regional Cricket Association is making headway with the implementation of its women's competition as are the Gympie Cats.
The reality is Gympie needs women's sport to flourish, particularly at a senior level and particularly in sports that are traditionally male dominated, like cricket, AFL and rugby union.
As women's team sport gains more traction in the mainstream media, it is my view local sporting administrators would be well advised to invest in the female version of their respective code.
It is not to say our clubs can not hold their own without female players, but a culture of inclusiveness and progress is only going to help sport in Gympie over the long run.