Elite inspiring girls to get active in sport

SEVERAL elite female athletes joined more than 200 female students from five local high schools to encourage them to participate in sport and active recreation.

Women’s Health, Girlfriend and Sport NSW hosted the Girls Get Active day at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, with girls from Chester Hill High, Beverly Hills Girls High, St Charbel’s College, Al Noori High and Condell Park High, learning about the benefits of sport and recreation, as well as hearing real life stories from elite female athletes from an array of different sports.“One in two girls will stop team sport by the time they’re 14 – for some teenagers, team sports can feel like a daunting thing, so it’s wonderful that the Sport NSW Girls Get Active program can break down that barrier and encourage young females to enjoy sports that will give them confidence to take on the world,” Girlfriend editor Stacey Hicks said.
The morning started with a panel discussion to inspire the audience, before students then had the opportunity to meet and greet the panelists and participate in various sporting activities on offer including Australian Football, basketball, cricket, netball, rugby league and futsal.
Jacqui Mooney, editor, Women’s Health said: “We’re thrilled to have partnered with Sport NSW and Girlfriend on the Girls Get Active initiative to foster self-confidence, along with a belief anything is possible, both on and off the sporting field.”
“Our female athletes are such strong, inspiring role models, it was a pleasure to hear their stories and see them interacting with so many fantastic young women from the Canterbury Bankstown area.”