Jana puts women’s health in the spot­light

Olympian and med­i­cal stu­dent gives free check-ups to fe­males

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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:

Matt Sul­li­van

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