​A thrice Olympian and double world champion, Jana Pittman is a resilient figure – once revered, later scorned in a parade, triumphing over cancer scares, a mum of six, dedicated doctor, altruistic egg donor, and a fan favourite on SAS Australia.

Plus she created Australian Olympic history by becoming the first female – and second athlete overall – to compete at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games!

Next month, as the keynote speaker at Camden Council’s International Women’s Day Gala, Ms Pittman will take attendees on a journey through the days of ‘Drama Jana’, the peaks and troughs that helped shape her career and build her into who she is today.

This year’s gala raises funds for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a not-for-profit opportunity shop with all manner of household goods, clothes, toys and books. All funds raised from donated goods support community needs.

Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney said she was looking forward to seeing everyone come together to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“Women play such important and powerful roles in life, both at home and professionally. It’s terrific to be able to have this annual event here in the Camden area to honour and celebrate these women in our community,” she said.

“I’m incredibly proud to be able to work with five female Councillors. In addition to these powerful women, three of our Council’s director’s positions are held by inspiring and strong women as well.

“I’m privileged that, together, we get to help create a world where difference is valued and celebrated and forge women’s equality.”

Camden Council’s International Women’s Day Gala, taking place at Gledswood Homestead and Winery on Thursday 7 March from 5.30- 9pm, will also feature the presentation of the Camden Woman of the Year Award and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the night.

Tickets are $110 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Ticket includes a two-course meal, drinks package and gift. For more information, and to book your tickets, visit www.camden.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/annual-signature-events/international-womens-day-gala.

Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard president, Val Stewart.