The Waves female-friendly sports facility

The opening of the new purpose-built facility

The opening of the new purpose-built facility.

Bundaberg Olympian and Commonwealth Games swimmer Michele Pearson welcomed the opening of the purpose-built, female-friendly sports facility at The Waves.

The facilities enable use by both male and female participants, but add more privacy compared to previous change rooms. The Waves president Gary Black says the project—supported by a $500,000 Queensland Government grant—further supports and enables junior and senior women throughout the Wide Bay region to participate and thrive in a variety of outdoor sports.

“This helps get more females participating in sport, before and after work. Female participation in sport is increasing; we see it growing in all our sports, in all codes from AFL, football, soccer and rugby in recent times,” says Gary.

The Get in the Game Female Facilities Program assisted sport and recreation organisations to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.

The female-friendly sports facilities are part of The Waves’ 10-year Sports Complex Masterplan, a project that includes multiple, thoughtfully planned, female-friendly change rooms—designed to cater for any gender, age or ability, referred to as universal design—female-friendly referee rooms and a parent’s room.