This Sunday 8th March marks a day to pay homage to women as we acknowledge International Women’s day.

A dedicated day when women have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of other women whom they respect; are influenced by; have friendships with; or to simply reflect on their own achievements throughout the year.

I stand here today proud to be a woman and I thank all the women before me who have paved the way for us to reach new heights, beginnings and careers.

I would also like to shout out to the Melbourne City Womens football, who I watched play over the weekend & to acknowledge how far women’s sport has come over the years. These young women are to be congratulated on their sportsmanship and role modelling both on and off the field for other young women. I would like to see female sporting teams given an equal amount of recognition as the men

As a woman I also sincerely thank my husband who has supported me through the journey that led me to this place as he stood beside me at all times. Without him I would not be standing here today.

I will end with a quote from a magnificent women who inspired me many years ago –  Maya Angelou, a poet ,writer and singer.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.