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Sarah Walsh

Head of Women's Football, Women's World Cup Legacy & Inclusion, Football Australia

Sarah Walsh is a values-led sports executive, spearheading football’s national Legacy’23 plan, an inclusive strategy aimed at leveraging the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

In her role as Head of Women’s Football, Women’s World Cup Legacy & Inclusion at Football Australia, Sarah leads a team that is squarely focused on driving long-lasting social and economic change for football, working with key stakeholders, in football, all levels of government, and the corporate sector to achieve this.

As an athlete for 20 years, and former CommBank Matilda, Sarah represented Australia at football’s top tier, including at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 and 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007.

Beyond Sarah’s professional playing career, she transferred the skills developed as an athlete, into leadership roles in football, accumulating extensive experience in driving gender equity in governance. Sarah is qualified in driving high-performing teams and building frameworks that create more inclusive environments for grassroots and elite-level sports.

As an agent of change, Sarah brings unique and progressive insights, adopting a results-driven approach to business, with people at the centre of all decisions.

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