Stu­dents chang­ing the game

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

Agroup of Hor­sham Col­lege stu­dents have reached out to inspiring sportswome­n as part of a school project.

The year-10 Ac­tive Girls class led a mix of face-to-face and on­line in­ter­views with Wim­mera and high­pro­file women for an as­sign­ment fo­cused on fe­males in sport.

The project fol­lows pre­vi­ous years of suc­cess, where stu­dents dis­cussed the im­por­tance of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in young fe­males with pro­fes­sional net­ballers through to pi­o­neer­ing moun­tain climbers.

Teacher Jaymi O’con­nor said stu­dents chose women they be­lieved were mak­ing an im­pact in the sport in­dus­try and inspiring young girls to get in­volved.

Stu­dent El­iz­a­beth Hol­ley said she in­ter­viewed Mel­bourne Vixen’s South African net­baller Ine-mari Ven­ter.

“She seemed in­ter­est­ing. I mes­saged her and she answered all my ques­tions. She was so kind about it,” El­iz­a­beth said.

“The rea­son she got into netball was be­cause she saw other kids play­ing it when she was younger, but they were all boys.

“She said par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport is not as equal in South Africa as it is in Aus­tralia, and she wants to change that within the next 10 years.”

El­iz­a­beth said young girls should not be held back in sport be­cause of gen­der, and be­lieved it was im­por­tant fe­male ath­letes were ap­pre­ci­ated at the same level as males.

“All girls should have the chance

to play sports,” she said. “If they have a pas­sion to do it, they should be al­lowed to, they shouldn’t get put down.”

Class­mate Jayde El­lis sat down with Hor­sham’s Re­becca Mcintyre.

Mcintyre was Bas­ket­ball Vic­to­ria Coun­try’s un­der-16 girls de­vel­op­ment coach last year.

“She’s a big ad­vo­cate for women in sport, es­pe­cially younger women,” Jayde said.

“She re­cently joined Wim­mera Re­gional Sports As­sem­bly with one of her projects be­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in sport and try­ing to in­crease that, which I re­ally en­joy – it is good to see more women be­com­ing ac­tive.”

Jayde said she chose Mcintyre be­cause they en­joyed sim­i­lar sports, and Mcintyre’s in­sight into how she be­lieved sport could be dif­fer­ent if women and men were of­fered equal treat­ment was eye-open­ing. “She plays bas­ket­ball and netball which are the two sports that I play,” Jayde said.

“And she does a lot around try­ing to help young girls get ac­tive.

“She thinks ev­ery­thing should be equal and wants to try her best to im­prove that, es­pe­cially around Hor­sham.

“She’s re­ally inspiring and just a lovely lady.”

MAKE A MOVE: Hor­sham Col­lege stu­dents, from back left, Jemma Wal­ter, Por­tia Meyer, Imo­gen Cross, Tayla Sud­holz, Jorja Cross, Pas­call Pat­ter­son and Paris Fiedler; and front, Ella Bren­nan, El­iz­a­beth Hol­ley, Jayde El­lis and Bella Panozzo are all-in for greater fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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