Kids make most of day of ac­tiv­i­ties

Pilbara News - - Sport -

The Groms frothed and the skate­board­ers ripped it up at the in­au­gu­ral Ex­mouth Fes­ti­val of Sport this week.

More than 400 young peo­ple took ad­van­tage of free skills de­vel­op­ment clin­ics and have-a-go ses­sions in soc­cer, ul­ti­mate fris­bee, surfing and skate­board­ing, and a re­gional AFL com­pe­ti­tion against teams from the Gas­coyne and the Pil­bara.

Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Price said feed­back from par­tic­i­pants, par­ents and the State Sport­ing As­so­ci­a­tions that took part in the event had been ex­cel­lent, and he was thrilled that the event had been such a suc­cess.

“We were re­ally for­tu­nate to have had a wide va­ri­ety of sports rep­re­sented and high-cal­i­bre coaches, in­clud­ing Jamie Harn­well from Foot­ball West and WA Ul­ti­mate’s Anna Haynes here run­ning events,” he said.

“The surfing ses­sions were a huge suc­cess. As well as learn to surf and high-per­for­mance coach­ing clin­ics, the Surfing WA crew also did some judg­ing train­ing for the lo­cal board­rid­ers and hosted a 365 Surf Res­cue clinic.

“The surf res­cue course was re­ally well at­tended and gave our young surfers some re­ally prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and skills they can use to help if they see some­one in trou­ble in the surf.”

Ex­mouth PCYC cen­tre man­ager Lau­ren Ram­pling said the AFL car­ni­val was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for Ex­mouth foot­ballers to pit their skills against teams from Ger­ald­ton and the Pil­bara towns of Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land.

“Our Ex­mouth foot­ballers rev­elled in the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against other re­gional teams and it was a fan­tas­tic team-build­ing ex­er­cise for the trav­el­ling teams to come here, camp at the town hall and rep­re­sent their towns on the field,” she said.

So­cial events, in­clud­ing an ex­treme sports movie night at the skate park and a PCYC disco, en­sured every­one had the op­por­tu­nity to join in the spirit of the fes­ti­val even if they did not take to the field.

BHP Bil­li­ton Aus­tralia op­er­a­tions man­ager Clive Jones con­grat­u­lated the Shire and Youth Ac­tion Ex­mouth par­tic­i­pants on a suc­cess­ful event.

“The en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion shown by the young peo­ple through­out the Fes­ti­val of Sport demon­strates the im­por­tance of the pro­gram, which sup­ports skill de­vel­op­ment in young peo­ple, cre­at­ing an in­valu­able and em­pow­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Shire for their ef­forts, both on the YAE Pro­gram and the Fes­ti­val of Sport — it has been a great suc­cess.

“The YAE pro­gram gets bet­ter each year, and I can’t wait to see what the Shire and youth de­cide to do next.”

Mr Price said the Shire would aim to hold the event again next year.

Surfers learn the ba­sics be­fore hit­ting the wa­ter.

Pic­tures: Shire of Ex­mouth

The skate clin­ics were a pop­u­lar choice.

Chil­dren learn how to spin a fris­bee be­fore an ul­ti­mate fris­bee game.

Jamie Harn­well puts the chil­dren through their paces.

Chil­dren with ex-Glory star Jamie Harn­well.

A par­tic­i­pant catches a wave dur­ing a surfing clinic.

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