Hockey stars in­spire ju­niors

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Hed­land’s youngest up-and-com­ing hockey stars re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the in­au­gu­ral Hed­land Hockey Car­ni­val.

About 50 stu­dents from five schools across Hed­land joined a num­ber of elite Olympians and mem­bers of the Kook­abur­ras and Hock­ey­roos, in­clud­ing Joel Car­roll, Josh Beltz, Kiran Arunasalm, Flynn Ogilvie and Shanea Tonkin at the in­ter­school car­ni­val.

For the first time, the Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Hockey Pro­gram, a part­ner­ship be­tween Hockey Aus­tralia and Fortes­cue Me­tals Group, has been ex­tended to Port Hed­land.

Hockey Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Favier said the part­ner­ship al­lowed na­tional play­ers to build stronger links with indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in the Pil­bara.

“PCHP is not just about teach­ing and de­vel­op­ing hockey skills to stu­dents but also health and pos­i­tive so­cial mes­sages, for the ben­e­fit of the wider Hed­land com­mu­nity,” Mr Favier said.

Stu­dents from Hed­land Se­nior High School took on um­pir­ing roles as part of their Cer­tifi­cate II course in Sport and Re­cre­ation.

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said Hockey Aus­tralia helped to im­prove so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for chil­dren liv­ing in the Pil­bara.

As part of the visit, play­ers also trav­elled to the re­mote com­mu­nity of Yande­yarra where they held a hockey clinic with stu­dents from Yande­yarra Re­mote Com­mu­nity School.

School prin­ci­pal Gra­ham Boyd said the ses­sion pro­vided stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and pro­mote pos­i­tive be­hav­iour.

“Our stu­dents en­joyed the ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­acted well with the Kook­aburra play­ers who also en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the ‘out­back’ set­ting of a re­mote com­mu­nity school,” he said. “They are great roles mod­els for our stu­dents and demon­strated the ben­e­fits of main­tain­ing a healthy, ac­tive life­style and at­tend­ing school.”

Pic­ture: Fortes­cue Me­tals Group

Stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the Hed­land Hockey Car­ni­val.

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