“Today we stand proudly alongside Cricket NSW at the forefront of this change as we expand our sponsorship to professionalise the Lendlease Breakers and lead a necessary journey towards gender equity in sport in Australia,” Chris Lamb, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lendlease said.
The sponsorship deal means that every player on the NSW Breakers team will earn at least Australia’s national minimum wage of $35,000, with the leading international players making $100,000 more.
Cricket NSW CEO, Andrew Jones
"This is truly a landmark moment. Cricket NSW has always been a leader in women's sport and today we are proud to announce another first."
The team have four players in the Australian Women's Cricket Team, the Southern Stars: Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell, and three selected in the Southern Stars squad: Naomi Stalenberg, Nicola Casey and Lauren Cheatle.
“For seven years we have supported the Lendlease Breakers and have watched closely as the quality of the game has improved, yet provisions for players have not.
“At Lendlease we are committed to a level playing field giving women and men the same chance to succeed as we know this hasn’t always been the case for women in our industry and society. It’s time for the sporting industry to do the same,” Mr Lamb said.
The Lendlease Breakers are the only team to win the Women’s National Cricket League and Women’s T20 competitions in the same season, which they achieved in 2012 and 2015.
The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport said, "Our female athletes are fast securing the global wins capturing hearts and minds, and ensuring we get the balance right across the board will be the only way to get more women and girls playing sport, in coaching and officiating roles and on our boards and committees.