Cook Islands News online editor Losirene Lacanivalu and Cook Islands Television’s Nicolea Mateariki are taking part in the mobile and commentators journalism programme at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) in Australia. SUPPLIED/23072550/ 23072551/ 23072552
Two Cook Islands sports journalists are part of a group of Indo-Pacific and First Nations women taking centre stage as trainee commentators and mobile journalists at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) in Australia, under the support and mentorship of ABC International Development.
In collaboration with FIFA WWC, Oceania Football Confederation and the Office for Sport, the ABC is delivering two comprehensive training and mentoring programmes, one focusing on commentary training and the other on mobile journalism storytelling.
Islands News online editor Losirene Lacanivalu is undertaking mobile journalism
training while Cook Islands Television’s Nicolea Mateariki is participating in
a statement, ABC said this initiative aims to increase career opportunities for
women in sports media in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region, amplifying
women’s voices in sports and fostering professional networks through joining in
a global sporting event. It also serves as a bridge between Indo-Pacific and
First Nations women, to strengthen connections, exchange ideas and experiences,
and work collaboratively.
said the programme aims to promote gender equality in sports reporting.
the past, women choosing sports media as a career had challenges, challenges to
have their work recognised, as male journalists dominated sports reporting,”
she said. “This (programme) gives women a chance to voice and air our concerns
and challenges in sports media industry.”
me personally, at the Cook Islands News, with my other female colleague, we are
given the opportunity to report on sports and take photographs at sports event,
which is fun.”
Cook Islands Television’s Mateariki said: “I feel grateful and blessed for the opportunity to be here.”
She added: “I feel commentary in the Cook Islands needs to be boosted and why not have a female commentator.”
the past three months, the women have undergone intensive media development and
online training with ABC specialists, preparing for their participation in this
the FIFA WWC, participants will receive immersive training to enhance their
skills and industry knowledge. They will practice commentary and mobile
journalism skills before, during, and after the games, gaining valuable
hands-on experience. Their participation not only represents a significant step
towards achieving gender equality in sports media but also contributes to the
diversification of perspectives and narratives within the industry.
“This impressive group of female sports
journalists, who are committed and passionate in their training programmes, are
leading the charge towards a more inclusive and diverse sports media industry,”
Jo Elsom, ABC International Development Lead said.
Ali Osborne, social responsibility and
legacy programme manager, Oceania Football Confederation said, “We are excited
to see more female journalists and commentators being offered opportunities to
cover matches in their native language, which will help to increase the
visibility of the women’s game in our region.”
FIFA Women’s World Cup is being held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July
to 20 August 2023. This project has been jointly funded by FIFA and the
Australian Government, through Team Up and Office for Sport.