Youth cel­e­brated in Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

IT STARTS with youth, ac­cord­ing to Emily Hop­per and the Proser­pine Youth Space.

The non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, which tar­gets kids in their teen years, cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Youth Day on Tues­day af­ter­noon at St. Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege’s Mercy Cam­pus.

A group of more than 10 stu­dents put on their run­ners and ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in games and ini­tia­tives which rep­re­sent the best as­pects of be­ing young.

“To­day is about cel­e­brat­ing youth in gen­eral. There has been a fair bit of tragedy and dull times around the Whit­sun­days, so it’s about try­ing to make kids en­joy be­ing a youth,” Pro- ser­pine Youth Space’s as­sis­tant co-or­di­na­tor Emily Hop­per said. “Sport is a great way to re­lease stress. It’s phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity out in the sun and so­cial­is­ing. We also did some fit­ness based stuff around NRL, which in­cluded devel­op­ment of skills us­ing foot­balls.”

Mackay Rugby League’s Tyson Mus­cat also trav­elled up the coast for the event, host­ing a se­ries of drills and games for the kids.

Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice, am­bu­lance and fire fighter rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended the day, en­gag­ing with the chil­dren with a game of touch foot­ball. Proser­pine Youth Space is lo­cated at 32 Chap­man Street, and is open Mon­day to Fri­day. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 4945 5130.

YOUTH DAY: Proser­pine Youth Space co-or­di­na­tor Rachel Geddes, Anakin Daly-Steven­son, as­sis­tant co-or­di­na­tor Emily Hop­per, Maka Jame­shankin, Ja­cob Gabey, Mackay Rugby League's Tyson Mus­cat and Kyle Daly pre­pare for an af­ter­noon of fun in the sun, cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Youth Day on Tues­day.

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