Rebecca Van Asch selected among top athletes in Change the Game program

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Invermay's Rebecca Van Asch has been selected as one of 10 elite Australian female athletes for AIS' Change the Game program.

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Invermay's Rebecca Van Asch has been selected as one of 10 elite Australian female athletes for AIS' Change the Game program.

Invermay bowler and three-time world champion Rebecca Van Asch has been selected as one of 10 sportswomen to take part in this year’s Change the Game program. 

The Australian Institute of Sport program pairs 10 elite female athletes with 10 business professionals for a period of 12 months in the name of mutual learning and personal development opportunities.

Van Asch, who recently became the first Tasmanian to take out the Australian Indoor Championships, will be paired up with a professional from steel company Blue Scope.

Speaking from the Australian Institute of Sport on Tuesday, the 29-year-old said she was thrilled to be taking part in the program.

“I’m really honoured to be one of those 10 athletes in the program,” Van Asch said.

“It gives us the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the corporate world and also see the links between the corporate world and our sport and how we can learn from one another and share experiences.”

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GREEN AND GOLD: The program will run for 12 months.

GREEN AND GOLD: The program will run for 12 months.

One of the program’s main aims is to help athletes transition into a new career once their sporting career comes to an end.

Van Asch said she was hoping to use the course as professional development for her chief executive role at Bowls Tasmania. 

“We’ll meet face to face on three different occasions and once we’re paired up with an athlete and a mentor then we’ll be able to have other times with that mentor to keep in touch. 

“For me I’m hoping to learn more leadership skills out of the program.

“Many of the executives here manage big groups of people - in my roles as an athlete and as CEO of Bowls Tasmania I could really do with learning those skills and I think it’s a great personal development opportunity for me in both my sport and work life.” 

Van Asch was the only Tasmanian selected in the program. 

Change the Game athletes

Fiona Albert (rowing), Alyce Burnett (canoeing), Melissa Duncan (athletics), Jessica Gallagher (cycling), Belinda Hocking (swimming), Rachael Lynch (hockey), Lakeisha Patterson (swimming), Ellyse Perry (cricket), Rebecca Van Asch (bowls), Jo Weston (netball)