Jana puts women’s health in the spotlight
Olympian and medical student gives free check-ups to females
IT IS not every day an Olympian stops by to check your blood pressure, but yesterday Jana Pittman did exactly that.
Taking time out of her busy schedule to promote International Women’s Day, Pittman performed health check-ups at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Female athletes from across Sydney gathered at the Rooty Hill grounds on Tuesday morning to have the Olympic gold medallist perform their free checkups.
A third year medical student at Western Sydney University and both a summer and winter Olympian, Pittman told The Standard it was important to use the day to highlight women’s health.
“International Women’s Day is a chance to not only recognise women and their achievements, but also a friendly reminder to pay attention to our bodies,” Pittman said.
“Schedule regular general health check-ups as it quite simply could save your life,” Pittman said.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said International Women’s Day was a chance to celebrate women and their achievements.
“Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney has con- tinued to shine the spotlight on women in sport across athletics, soccer, AFL, cricket, baseball and softball,” Cr Bali said.
“International Women’s Day is a moment to reflect on women’s achievements both on and off the field and how we can continue to support them.”
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said this year’s event at St Marys Corner yesterday celebrated with motivational speakers and community performances.
NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman Janine Young was one of the speakers.
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us all to acknowledge women’s challenges and celebrate their determination to make things happen,” Cr McKeown said.
International Women’s Day is a moment to reflect on women’s achievements
Cr Stephen Bali
Jana Pittman (centre) promotes
International Women’s Day at Blacktown International Sportspark with fellow elite athletes Krissie Webb (baseball), Leah Blayney (football), Natasha Young (softball)
and Jamiela Peksis (AFL) and (inset) Pittman making a bid to qualify for Rio 2016. Main picture: