Car­ni­val unites Kook­aburra stars with indige­nous stu­dents

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Fortes­cue Met­als Group and Hockey Aus­tralia have teamed up again to host the Na­tional Indige­nous Hockey Car­ni­val in the Pil­bara, with 50 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing from five schools in the re­gion.

The Na­tional Indige­nous Hockey Pro­gram and an­nual car­ni­val have been the hall­mark of Fortes­cue’s re­la­tion­ship with the Kook­abur­ras since the part­ner­ship be­gan in 2011, with the Hock­ey­roos com­ing on board in Jan­uary.

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said the pro­gram was about more than sim­ply en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to play a great sport.

“It ex­poses lo­cal kids to in­spi­ra­tional role mod­els and in­stils in them the ben­e­fits of team­work and a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

“The pro­gram has been well re­ceived by stu­dents, teach­ers and the play­ers them­selves; we have a solid foun­da­tion to build on as we look to ex­pand this great ini­tia­tive.”

Five mem­bers of the Kook­abur­ras par­tic­i­pated in the car­ni­val, coach­ing the stu­dents and um­pir­ing the games.

Hockey Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Cam Vale said the hockey car­ni­val was a high­light for the play­ers.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers to share the sport they love with the kids and also give back to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Wick­ham Pri­mary School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist Sarah Lynch said it was a good way for com­pet­ing schools to have some fun, as well as im­prove the hockey and team­work skills of the stu­dents.

“They are now pas­sion­ate to con­tinue to play hockey and are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing again next year,” she said.

Pic­ture: Fortes­cue Met­als Group

Na­tional Indige­nous Hockey Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants in the Pil­bara.

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