Message to women: get out and get active

SHOALHAVEN City Council will launch the inaugural Women in Sport campaign on Saturday, with a host of activities set to take place across the month.

The campaign has been designed to help local women and girls to get more active through the creation of a greater focus on women in sport while also raising the profile of local sporting clubs.

The month-long program will include a series of free come-and-try sporting sessions and open days at local sporting organisations, profiling of the area’s many high performing sportswomen and free training opportunities.

As part of the campaign, the area will also host a Girls Get Active Schools Gala Day at the Shoalhaven Basketball Stadium on Wednesday, March 12.  

The event will see 200 high school girls from across the Shoalhaven gather to hear prominent Australian athletes talk about their sporting experiences and achievements followed by participation in sporting activity stations offering skills and modified games from a selection of sports.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said the campaign would provide local residents the opportunity to try a host of different sports in a controlled learning environment.

“Shoalhaven City is home to a vibrant and active sporting community across many different disciplines and codes however despite this, women are still underrepresented in official participation numbers,” Cr Gash said.

“The upcoming month-long campaign will provide local women and girls with a number of opportunities to participate in a host of different sports and activities.

“The campaign has been designed to provide interested women with the confidence and inspiration to partake in regular sporting competitions or activities.

“Local residents will be provided with the opportunity to trial lawn bowls, tennis, dragonboats, touch football, netball and hockey, just to name a few.”

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