Women Leaders

Womens Leaders
European Athletics

Gender equity is one of European Athletics’ core values and the sport of athletics has a nearly equal balance of men and women participants throughout Europe.

However, among the ranks of leaders in athletics – from coaches up to federation office holders – women are under-represented. European Athletics believes that empowering women at all levels will increase participation and strengthen our sport in many ways.

To demonstrate the commitment in this area, European Athletics and 38 of its Member Federations have endorsed the Brighton Declaration on Women in Sport, which sets international norms for the fair treatment and promotion of women across all sports.

We have also taken a number of initiatives to raise awareness of related issues and provide practical support to current women leaders and others aspiring to leadership positions, including the biennial European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards, the European Athletics Future Women Leaders Scholarship programme and frequent educational measures for women who have been identified by their Member Federations as having the potential for high positions.

European Athletics is inviting painters, graphic designers and other artists to create a piece of art to be used as the main prize for the 2015 European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards.

One work will be selected by a public vote from the entries submitted to the competition. It will be professionally reproduced so that copies presented to the award winners at the European Athletics Golden Tracks Awards Night and at national ceremonies in the following months.

The creator of the selected work will receive a commission of 1,000 CHF plus a 16GB iPad mini.

The artwork contest is open to anyone, female or male, living in the 50 countries served by European Athletics. Students of art, design and related fields are especially encouraged to enter. 

Entry Specifications

Entries may be a painting, drawing or mixed media print in A4 size (21 x 29.7cm).

Entries should express the following themes and  ideas:

·         The sport of athletics (running, jumping, throwing, walking) and its associated values such as competition, health & fitness, discipline, education, quality of life.

·         Women

·         Leadership

·         Strength

·         Celebration


Entries can be submitted online by clicking here. It is also possible to submit entries by post to:

European Athletics Artwork Contest
Avenue Louis Ruchonnet, 18
CH-1003 Lausanne

Please note that on, the written request of the artist, European Athletics will endeavour to return entries submitted by post but it cannot assume responsibility for the return condition of any of the entries submitted.

Entries should include the following information about the artist as an appendix:

·         First and last name

·         Mailing address

·         Email address

·         Phone number

Entry Deadline

The deadline for the submission of entries is 31 July 2015.

Shortlist and Final Selection

A European Athletics-appointed jury will identify a shortlist of four to six entries from those submitted by the deadline. The criteria will be:

·         Quality and attractiveness

·         Appropriate expression of the requested themes and ideas

The winner will be selected from the shortlisted entries by a public vote that will take place on European Athletics’ Facebook and Twitter accounts in the month of August.

The winning entry announced at the end of August.


On selection the ownership and future use rights of the winning entry are transferred to European Athletics.


The biennial European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards was created in 2009 to recognise and celebrate women leaders in the sport of athletics.

Each of European Athletics’ 50 Member Federations is asked to identify one winner for her work and accomplishments as a coach, or volunteer, or administrator, or elected official … anything other than for success in competition. The main criterion is “a significant contribution that serves as an example of leadership and other values of the sport of athletics”.

The national winner of Switzerland will be invited to the European Athletics Golden Tracks Awards Night in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 17 October 2015 to receive the first of the awards and artwork prizes on behalf of all the national winners. The other winners will receive their awards and artwork prizes in local ceremonies organised by their national Member Federations  

For more information on the European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards and the artwork prize competition contact Marc Sintes at marc.sintes@european-athletics.org.