Women driving the Sport Industry: Meet Lizzie Bermingham

Lizzie Birmingham

Lizzie Bermingham is the General Manager of Sport Development at Netball SA (South Australia).

She is passionate about providing communities with the opportunity to be involved in Netball.

Lizzie’s background is diverse, from working as a lawyer for a large commercial Adelaide based firm to managing a sports administration division at Netball SA. It was her drive and tenacity that lead to a career change (seeking increased job satisfaction), along with the commencement of her MBA studies with Torrens.

Taking on a leadership role to develop sport within the community, has given Lizzie the sense of achievement she was seeking.

“I feel a sense of achievement regularly throughout the day. Working with my team we have an impact on people involved at the grassroots level and to be able to assist and support them is very rewarding. From a more personal perspective, I am proud of my ability to balance the role of parenthood with work and study – although it’s still a work in progress, and can often be challenging.”

What else do you do outside of work?

Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family. My partner and I have two young boys (aged 4 and 1) and they are a priority for us. I also love keeping fit and active, you can regularly catch me at the gym or Pilates – this helps keep me balanced across my work, study and family commitments.

What was the best piece of career (or life) advice that you received?

My mum always instilled in me the advice/belief that with focus, determination and hard work I could achieve anything I wanted to. I have tried to apply this both professionally and personally and am motivated by these values.

Lizzie Birmingham Netball

What tips would you give to graduates, looking to make their mark in the industry?

I had the opportunity to speak with students and parents at Torrens’ Open Day in January. Torrens has a partnership with Netball SA, so it’s great to see how we can benefit the students. From internship opportunities to collaborative course content – it’s great to see how integrated into the industry the Torrens programs are for the students and the ability for us to help shape their careers.

If you are interested in a career within the sports industry, try to obtain as much practical industry-based experience as much as possible. Understanding business fundamentals is important when you’re going to manage a team, though many other important skills can be learned whilst ‘on the job’, and establish your networks as they may translate to job opportunities in the future. I have found that Torrens has many wonderful industry partnerships that can be utilised by students, which I think is a great way to integrate employability skills into your study program.

“Torrens has a partnership with Netball SA, so it’s great to see how we can benefit the students. From internship opportunities to collaborative course content – it’s great to see how integrated into the industry the Torrens programs are for the students and the ability for us to help shape their careers.”

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