Net­ball cham­pion in­spires teens

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

A LUCKY group of teenagers got to meet net­ball cham­pion Caitlin Bas­sett when she was the guest men­tor at Lead­ing Youth For­ward’s (LYF) lat­est Big Day Out event at Cen­te­nary Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Re­serve in Bel­mont.

LYF is a youth men­tor­ing char­ity which aims to im­prove the lives of at-risk teens by fo­cus­ing on is­sues such as men­tal health, cy­ber­safety and deal­ing with stress.

LYF pres­i­dent Ciara Stapleton said Ms Bas­sett was pop­u­lar with teens at the event, where she shared her ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing an elite sportswoman and achiev­ing her goals.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for teens and their men­tors to hear from Caitlin about her jour­ney and how she copes with the pres­sures of be­ing a recog­nised sportswoman,” she said.

“Caitlin was able to share tips and ad­vice to teens about cy­ber­safety, which is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant with the pop­u­lar­ity of so­cial me­dia among young peo­ple.”

Teens and men­tors learned about the risks in­volved with so­cial me­dia, what a dig­i­tal foot­print is, so­cial me­dia se­cu­rity set­tings and what to do if you en­counter cy­ber-bul­ly­ing.

The event also in­volved ac­tiv­i­ties at JumpAbout Tram­po­line Park in River­vale which al­lowed teens and men­tors to have fun while con­tin­u­ing their pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions from the morn­ing work­shops.

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