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‘Anything is possible’: Goddard says gender shouldn’t define coaches (Australia)

Bec Goddard says it’s time to smash the female coaching ceiling, urging teams to back women to do the top job in all sports and she hopes an unconventional career sidestep helps her achieve a full-time professional goal.

Goddard was unveiled as the Canberra Capitals coaching recruit on Thursday, joining the women’s basketball franchise while putting her immediate Australian football ambitions on hold.

It’s part of a plan the Capitals hope will benefit both parties. They believe Goddard’s fresh eyes can help them add a new dimension to the WNBL, and Goddard believes the Capitals can make her a better coach.

It comes six months after Goddard quit her job at the Adelaide Crows because she was unable to secure a full-time coaching position, despite leading the club to the inaugural AFLW title in 2017.

But Goddard hopes more sporting teams turn to top female coaches as she prepares to step out of her comfort zone to boost the Capitals’ bid to make a finals comeback.

Anything is possible. Why do we have to have gender define that? In sport, we look at coaching through a very male lens,” Goddard said.

“There’s a piece of technology in front of us all and it’s not very expensive. It’s called: a woman. We are a lot cheaper than our male counterparts.

“Maybe stop looking for that technological piece of edge and look at what’s in front of you, and that’s diversity.


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