About Us

Welcome to sportstar.com

We are very excited to have officially launched our brand new site for women’s sport in Australia, sportstar.com. It’s great to have you with us.

The coverage women’s sport deserves. sportstar.com has evolved over a couple of years, after many discussions with both men and women as to why Australian women’s sport doesn’t get the media profile or sponsor support it deserves.  Our female athletes are known all over the world as being tough, competitive and fair, so why aren’t they better known?

For women who love their sport. Join us online for interviews, feature articles and blogs from stars like Liz Ellis, Melinda Gainsford Smith and Nicole Livingstone. We are not only focussed on professional athletes, we will also be creating a media platform for emerging athletes as well as a fun, informative space for everyone who loves sport.

Join the team. We want to increase the participation in sport for girls and women, to create a healthy nation and address some of the obesity issues that are such a huge problem for Australia. We will be covering a wide range of sports together with tips and advice on nutrition, fitness, health and fashion – everything that makes sport such a positive part of our lives. Plus blogs on the hot issues in women’s sport. We’d love to see you contribute your comments and thoughts.

We’ve hit the ground running. We launched in time to cover the Commonwealth Games with results, stories, opinion and images as our women competed in Delhi. Come with us for the best of Aussie women’s sport, whenever and wherever it’s played.

sportstar.com team, launch planning meeting

sportstar.com team, launch planning meeting

The sportstar.com team

Megan James, the CEO of sportstar.com has loved watching and playing sport all her life. In 2000, she attended a golf day as a first timer and was amazed to see she was one of only two female golfers in a field of 300. She founded a group called ‘Iron Ladies’ to teach the rules and run coaching clinics for women. Within 12 months, she had 400 members across the country and today she still has many Iron Ladies out there playing and enjoying golf. As a busy executive for an IT company, Megan still found time to coach netball, both juniors and women returning to the sport after having babies. Now, because she has two sports mad sons of her own to encourage, she recently became an AFL accredited Junior Coach.

Stephanie Vaughan, the editor of sportstar.com played competitive hockey, cricket, tennis and netball for many years and has a hockey referee’s ticket. She is a graduate of Sydney University in languages. She has held various roles in editing, writing and graphic design for organisations including The Law Book Company, Macquarie University and in her own graphic design business for ten years. She is currently studying social work at Newcastle University and is writing a book on drug and alcohol addiction. Stephanie has a son, 13, who plays soccer and cricket and a six year old daughter who plays teeball. She keeps fit with walking, cycling, swimming and tennis.

Karon McGrath, the marketing director of sportstar.com was the athletics champion at high school. Surfing and skateboarding were also major passions and, as a teenager, she was a member of the Coca-Cola Pro Am skateboarding team. Today, her teenage daughter is a successful athlete and has also competed at several Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships. Before beginning her marketing career, Karon qualified as a fitness instructor. She has an interest in sports health and fitness and she reports on sport for a local radio station. Karon has been a media sales executive at News Corporation, Murdoch Magazines and Pacific Publishing. For the past 10 years, she has been account director at a Sydney advertising agency.

Karla Bernardo, the art director of sportstar.com has had a very creative career since travelling from the Philippines to study in Australia. After De La Salle University in Manila, she completed a media and communications degree at the University of NSW with a major in film. She has worked in video, web design, graphic design and sports photography. Karla focuses her talents on defence sports and is trained in capoeira, kickboxing, eskrima, taekwondo, judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu. A successful Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor, she has won: 2011 NSW State Championships Gold, 2011 Submission Grappling Champion, 2011 Events BJJ Champion, 2009 NSW State Champion, and 2009 Submission Grappling Championship silver. She is currently training for the 2011 Pan Pacific Championships in September 2011.