A hugely successful Girls Get Active Day was held in Orange on the 31st of March at the PCYC.
The event was opened by Mayor Council John Davis and attended by a number of local female students from Canobolas High School, Orange High School and James Sheahan Catholic High School, as well as local and state sports coaches. The highlight of the day was the presence of six champion athletes: cricketer Lisa Sthalekar, Hockeyroo Jade Warrender, Swifts netballer Kaitlin Bryce, Libby Sadler from the AFL and Womensport Ambassador and NRL All Star Eunice Grimes. Rugby 7s star Inge Visser from Cowra also attended, bringing the Cup from the NSW Rugby 7s tournament to show the girls.
The champion athletes participated in a panel discussion and Q & A, led by local sporting champion Melissa Ashton-Gerrard, which gave the students an understanding of how to balance sport and life, the benefits of sport for wellbeing and how to overcome barriers that limit girls’
participation in sport. The students were given a taste of a variety of sports, including cricket, boxing, netball, softball, AFL, hockey, rugby union and rugby league and they also received take-home showbags with information from the sports and healthy eating guidelines. The feedback from the event was positive, with many attendees having high hopes that the event will be conducted annually. NSW Swifts player Kaitlin Bryce believed the panel discussion was valuable, both for herself and for the students at the event. “It was encouraging to hear the other ladies had been through similar sporting situations as myself.”
“Everyone was so friendly and the kids were so enthusiastic.” Mardi Aplin, Regional Development Manager for the Central West, also praised the Girls Get Active event. “It was fantastic to see so many young girls and also some very successful young ladies in their chosen sport.” Following the event, the six sporting champions visited Calare Public School and St
Mary’s Primary School to demonstrate some of the skills from their sports and to encourage young girls to take up sports and continue to pursue them throughout their life. The event was covered by WIN News and also featured on the Sport NSW website.
Mayor Council John Davis has expressed his desire to make the Girls Get Active day an annual event.
Womensport would like to thank our sponsors and partners for the day:
- NSW Office of Sport & Recreation
- NSW Sporting Injuries
- Rotary Club of Orange