Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said Ms Barty, a proud Indigenous woman, was a role model and inspiration to the next generation of female tennis players.
“I’m a fierce advocate for women in sport, and Ash’s win should spur every young girl to follow their sporting dreams,” Mrs Ward said.
“I was overcome with emotion the moment she won.
“At a time when we all need inspiration and hope, Ash has lifted a nation.
Ms Barty follows in the footsteps of her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley, the last Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 1980.
“Ash said she hoped she made Evonne proud. She has made everyone in this country proud.
“It is also fitting her win coincides with NAIDOC week.”
The New South Wales Government has a strong commitment towards women in sport. With more than $2.5 million over the next four years to increase female participation through the Her Sport Her Way Grant Program, $200 million Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund and $150 million Centres of Excellence Infrastructure funds to support inclusive and women’s facilities across NSW.
Mrs Ward thanked all the volunteers who help at community sporting venues and events to support future champions.
“It is due to your efforts every week that gives us the next generation of champions like Ash Barty,” Mrs Ward said.
She also paid tribute to Ash’s parents, Josie and Robert Barty.
“Thank you for the years of quiet commitment to supporting and nurturing Ash to become a much-loved and respected champion,” Mrs Ward said.