The Women's Commission ("Commission") will work across the sport to ensure the development of policies and initiatives which promote participation amongst women and girls of all ages into the sport & recreation of cycling. It will also make such considerations to retain women and girls in the sport in particular junior women moving into U/19 and Elite level groups.
The Women's Commission will be made up of:
- Membership of the Commission will consist of 5 general members in addition to the Board representative and the Cycling NSW ("CNSW") secretariat support as determined by the CEO.
- Members will be appointed by the Board. The Commission members shall represent a diverse range of skills and experience.
- When appointing members to the Commission, regard should be had to the inclusion of:
- Racing representatives (road, track, mountain bike, para-cycling, BMX or Cyclo-cross)
- Non-racing representatives (silver membership holders)
- Both female and male representatives
- Appointments will be for a 2 year term (noting in the first year half the members will by straw poll be appointed for 1 year to ensure a rotation and succession exists)
- Commission members may re- apply for further terms
- The Commission may appoint up to two (2) co-opted members where the Commission considers that their co-option will benefit the purposes of the Commission. The appointment will be no longer than a maximum period of two years.
- The Board may terminate the membership of any Commission member at any time as they see fit
- The Board will be represented on the Commission by 1 member. That member may or may not be appointed as the Commission Chair
- The Board should review the performance of the Commission annually, having regard to the extent to which it has met its responsibilities.
The Commission is a commission of the Board and is authorized by the Board to assist in development of women within cycling and the operations of CNSW. The Commission has the authority and power to exercise the responsibilities set out in their Terms of Reference, and under any separate delegations from the board granted to it from time to time. In addition to the functions and responsibilities set out below:
- The Commission may make recommendations to the Board on all matters set out below.
- The Commission has no authority to make financial or legal decisions for the association, unless directed by the Board.
Role of the Women's Commission
The role of the Commission can be summarised as:
- Grown Women and Girls participation in cycling including
- Audit & review the existing CNSW strategies related to wonens and girls cycling
- Understand and replicate best practice examples from clubs and groups which result in the growth of women's and girls cycling at club level (race and recreational)Develop strategies that promote the growth of female cycling at both recreational, participation and competitive levels
- Identify, develop and implement womens racing environment including
- Debate, clarify, comment and make recommendations on policiesand guidelines to reflect needs of women in cycling to ensure … to
- Review the competitions structures as they relate to the promotion the retention of young girls into U/19 and elite competition. Develop competition strategies that encourage open and masters level women to compete
- Advisory board
- Provide strategic direction and recommendations to the Board for programs, initiatives, policies or procedures which will benefit the Federation or its members.
- Provide feedback to the Board and/or review and responds to any concepts, initiatives, policies or programs it is considering.
- Liaise with the Technical, Masters and Competitions Commissions as appropriate for the review and consideration of issues related to race events
- Provide an avenue for clubs and members to direct their comments, concerns, feedback or ideas for more general consideration and recommendation as appropriate.
- Promote women in cycling
- Champion development programs which introduce women to the sport
- Champion development programs which introduce women to the sport including leadership and succession planning at club level
- Advocate amongst clubs for implementation of initiative which promote womens' Cycling
- Monitor the implementation of the work plan and the development of strategies and tasks identified in the work plan
- Identify overall implementation issues, risks and gaps likely to impact on the implementation of initiatives and work towards solution-based outcomes.
- Provide feedback to the Board on progress and milestones, issues resolution and policy directions to progress the implementation
- Develop an annual work plan for endorsement by the Board
It is important to note that the By-Laws of the Federation have been set by the Board, and may only be varied by the Board.
The role of management and staff is to implement these regulations in a manner which is consistent with the overall strategic direction of CNSW.
Public Relations/Member Relations
It will be a key role of the Womens' Commission to:
- Represent and participate in the Commission's deliberations
- Represent the views of CNSW's constituents whilst maintaining a state perspective on issues
- Keep stakeholders informed as appropriate
- Speak with one voice regarding Womens' Commission decisions
- Liaise with members in an effective manner ensuring all communications are accurate and consistent with CNSW's operational polices
- Work collaboratively with clubs to achieve outcomes
Members of the Womens' Commission are privy to a variety of personally sensitive materials. It is therefore imperative that such materials are treated with the up most of confidentiality and respect at all times.