Students changing the game
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