Fes­ti­val fosters new skills

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies was in Ex­mouth to open the fes­ti­val. Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

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