RICHMOND Football Club's latest signing this week is definitely worth cheering about.
Not the news Dustin Martin is staying at Punt Road (although there are plenty of happy Tiger fans about that).
Former American lawyer Peggy O'Neal has been promoted to club president and will be the first female in AFL/VFL history to hold such a position.
A newsroom colleague - and Tiger die-hard - suggested that making a big fuss about O'Neal's appointment came close to promoting her as a token female in the job.
Kind of like an African-American or Asian in an American high school movie - she was there because it seemed politically correct and about time.
But it is about time. Way past about time.
This Tiger says as long as O'Neal was the best person for the job and made the Tigers a flag-winning success.
This Tiger struggled for a reply when questioned why a competent female on an AFL board - and there have been a few - might not have been deemed the best person for the job in the past.
Why has it taken until post-season 2013 to find a competent business-savvy female to lead an AFL club?
O'Neal, born in Virginia in the United States, has spent the past 24 years in Australia and was quickly drawn to Richmond when the Save Our Skins campaign was in full swing.
She has been on the Richmond board the past eight years, chairs the club's risk and compliance committee, is a member of the governance committee, and chairs the Tigers in Community Foundation.
Her peers voted her president - not because she was female but because she was deemed the best person to build on the club's momentum, someone who passionately knows and loves the club.
Humbled, O'Neal said her appointment said a lot about the important females play in the game at all levels.
This is bigger than just AFL.
There are amazing female role models in all levels and areas of sport, business and politics that prove women are equally as competent capable as males.
This week The Courier has run an exclusive online gallery of six emerging Ballarat sportswomen that are shaking things up in Australian and international sporting arenas, trying to break into elite ranks of tennis, badminton, karate, sprinting, basketball and women's AFL.
Each has a different sporting background, different motivation and different training regime but each holds an impressive record in their path so far.
They were just a sample of what Ballarat has to offer, which is pretty impressive from a regional city, knowing there are a lot more young women in this community that fit the profile for this project.
We named it Play Like A Girl - an old schoolyard insult that is actually something each of our chosen athletes should be really proud of doing.
My Tiger colleague labelled me Oprah for saying this, (hardly an insult when you look at O's success), but here's hoping O'Neal will break down more barriers and business and sport that more women have the courage to prove they too can be acknowledged the best person for the job.