Christina Matthews has excelled in driving gender equality, promoting inclusivity in sport, and running a successful elite sporting association.
As CEO of the WACA since 2011, this former Australian cricketer, with a distinguished international playing career, has inspired players of all abilities and genders while actively helping transform the previously male-dominated sport.
Ms Matthews is the country's most capped female Test player and is one of only two women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association. She has invested her undeniable cricketing and leadership credentials into working consistently to promote real equality from the pitch to the boardroom.
In her first seven years as WA's top cricket administrator, WA cricket has excelled both on and off the field. The Perth Scorchers have been named the world's most successful T20 team after three Big Bash League (BBL) titles.
The Women’s BBL Finals have run consistently strong campaigns, and attendance figures for women's cricket games have almost tripled. As CEO, Christina has been instrumental in guiding cricket into a new era at Perth’s Optus Stadium, and the Big Bash League continues to break national attendance records.
In the face of a largely male-dominated cricketing world both on and off the field, Christina's strategic focus on creating a genuinely gender-equal sport has proved overwhelmingly successful. During her seven-year tenure, female cricket participation numbers have increased by a staggering 550% across the state.
Christine has an extensive background in sports administration, including stints with Women’s Cricket Australia, Women’s Hockey Australia and the Victorian Football Association. Prior to her WACA appointment, she was General Manager of Commercial Operations and Communications at Cricket New South Wales.
Now, as CEO of the WACA, it is the results she continues to achieve in the broader national cricket community that are having a significantly positive and enduring influence on the game that has become Christina’s life-long career.
Considered a strong and charismatic personality, Christina has used her profile and her position to champion issues of equality and inclusivity, insisting they receive broad coverage in mainstream media. In this way, she gives a voice to women and marginalised communities in WA.
Her unrelenting drive for gender equality has included challenging many perceptions of women in sport and leadership. This includes ensuring the WACA has equal gender representation in leadership positions, as well as calling for male-centric cricketing terms such as ‘batsman’ and ‘12th man’ to be dropped.
Christina Matthews has been praised for her role in uniting and developing cricket in Western Australia. Furthermore, she’s been a driving force behind putting women’s cricket on the agenda at the highest national levels.
Outside of her WACA role, Christina has turned her love of cycling into fundraising endeavours for a charity focused on youth mental health. She has been involved in Ride for Youth for the past five years, raising over $40,000 during that time.
• Australia's most capped women’s Test cricketer: 20 Tests.
• Played 47 One-Day Internationals for Australia (1984-1995).
• Represented Australia in Cricket World Cups of 1988 and 1993.
• Record-holder for most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper.
• Former Australian Women’s Team Vice-Captain (1991-1993).
• Australian Women’s Team Manager 1997, 2009, 2010 at the 50 Over Cup in India.
• Australian Women’s Team Manager Assistant Coach in 2001.
• Chair of National Selection Panel 2005-06 to 2010-11.