Festival fosters new skills
Exmouth was full of slam dunks and ollies at the weekend, with the town kicking off its Festival of Sport.
The festival is designed to give local under-18s a chance to participate in new and different sports, as well as compete against their peers from around the region.
The week features skills clinics, come and try sessions and round robin sports carnivals in ultimate frisbee, surfing, skateboarding, football, soccer and basketball.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies opened the festival and congratulated Exmouth for throwing the spotlight on sport and active recreation from July 9 to 15.
“Through this festival, the people of Exmouth are demonstrating the power of sport to bring young people together and I encourage everyone to get involved and have a go at an activity they might not normally play,” she said.
“In Exmouth, there’s not often the opportunity to compete against other regional teams, so the festival will bring a number of communities together in the name of sport and will help foster connections between regional youth.
“Basketball and soccer competitions are only in their second season in Exmouth, so this festival will introduce more people to these sports and encourage them to get involved.”
Teenagers were introduced to ultimate frisbee at Koobooroo Oval on Monday, with eight-time Australian National Ultimate Frisbee champion Anna Haynes.
Hayes, who has played mixed and world club championships, made the trip to show how much fun ultimate frisbee can be.
Activities still to come include a surf competition held today from 12.30pm.
Thursday and Friday will feature a regional football carnival at Talanjee Oval between young Exmouth, Pilbara and Geraldton sides. Exmouth Shire President Turk Shales said the event was an excellent opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle, participation, teamwork and give local youth access to regional competition and new sports.
“As an isolated regional community there are many barriers to regional competition and in accessing things like skateboarding clinics and surfing skills development,” he said.
“We are thrilled that we have been able to work with our event partners to deliver a sporting program of such a high calibre that will give our young people the opportunity to take part in so many different sports and forms of participation.”
Exmouth PCYC centre manager Lauren Rampling said the centre was pleased to be able to work together with the Shire of Exmouth to provide a program for local and regional young people.
“The fact that we are able to offer our footballers opposition from outside Exmouth is a huge deal for them and they are so excited to take part,” she said.
The PCYC will hold separate discos for primary and high school students from 6pm on Thursday.