Sport lifting women's performance at work, study finds

Team sport is lifting women's performance in the workplace around Australia, a new study has revealed.

The HSBC women-in-sports survey of 684 women across all states and territories found playing regular team sports lifted their efficiency, confidence and ability to work in a team.

More than 97 per cent of women surveyed reported that playing team sport at a regular, competitive level increased their confidence in the workplace or office and would contribute to a successful career.

A similar proportion said regular games made them better team players, while more than 90 per cent of respondents reported they had more drive and ambition as a result of playing regular team sport.

The study was unveiled by Australia's women's sevens co-captains Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams. Parry is a qualified teacher and is now studying towards a personal training qualification, while Williams is a mechanic who gave up full-time work to commit to rugby four years ago but has since returned to the NRMA's Brookvale workshop one day a week.

The survey also reported 53 per cent of respondents had played rugby before, either socially or professionally, while more than two-thirds of respondents were interested in learning to play rugby and a similar number had heard of sevens.

HSBC is naming rights sponsor of the World Rugby men's and women's Sevens World Series.

This story Sport lifting women's performance at work, study finds first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.