We are excited to announce anther inspiring athlete, signing on as an Ambassador for Athletes For Hope Australia, in Chloe Dalton OAM OLY.
Chloe Dalton is one of Australia’s few triple sport elite athletes. After playing basketball in the WNBL with the Sydney Uni Flames, Chloe transitioned to Rugby, where she debuted for the Australian Rugby 7s team in 2014.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Dalton won Gold with the Australian 7s team and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Service to Sport. She was also recognised as Australia’s top Rugby 7s player in 2017, winning the Shawn Mackay Medal.
Chloe subsequently crossed codes again to Aussie rules, making her debut in 2019 for Carlton in the AFLW. She was named Runner-Up in the Carlton Best and Fairest Awards for the 2020 AFLW season.
But it is her work off the field that is truely game-changing.
She's been in and around the elite sporting environment for close to a decade and it was here that she noticed the inequality; the lack of resources, the lack of funding and essentially a lack of respect for female athletes.
Chloe was inspired by a study that found women make up 40% of participants in sport, yet receive only 4% of the sports media coverage.
Chloe embarked on a crusade to change that and level the playing field. Launching The [Female] Athlete Project and podcast as an avenue to share and celebrate all the fabulous female athletes and their achievements while educating people more broadly on the inequality that exists.
And the movement is building in momentum. The podcast is a hit and the instagram has grown to over 35,000 followers.
"We've been a fan of Chloe's work for a while now, she really is paving a way for females and girls in sport with her initiatives. We are delighted to have her join the Athletes For Hope Australia team."
Says Athletes For Hope Australia Founder, Laura Johnston.
Chloe has received recognition for the positive impact she is making for women and girls in sport 🏆
She was named alongside former professional tennis player and Olympian, Casey Dellacqua, as joint winners of the major award, the Her Sport Her Way Champion.
If you're after a dose of female athlete inspirations, you can catch the podcast episodes here.