Ac­tion the ad­ven­ture

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - By ANITA McPHER­SON

LO­CAL women are be­ing en­cour­aged to get out­side, get ac­tive and har­ness their sense of ad­ven­ture as part of a week­end of spir­ited ac­tiv­i­ties tai­lored es­pe­cially for women. The Ac­tion the Ad­ven­ture Women’s Ad­ven­ture Week­end will be held on Septem­ber 8 and 9 and is a not-for-profit event fea­tur­ing ca­noe­ing, kayak­ing, raft­ing, yoga and na­ture med­i­ta­tion, along with rock climb­ing, walking, run­ning and cy­cling. Event con­venor Kate Gil­son said the idea was to high­light the many ad­ven­ture op­tions there are avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble in North East Vic­to­ria, while cel­e­brat­ing wellbeing and con­nec­tion through a shared ad­ven­ture. She said she was in­spired to cre­ate the event as a pre­lude to the Women’s Ad­ven­ture film tour be­ing held at the Wan­garatta Cin­ema Cen­tre on Septem­ber 10.

“As I bought my tick­ets, I thought it would be won­der­ful to share ad­ven­tures lo­cally as a good way of not only ap­pre­ci­at­ing the amaz­ing ad­ven­tures of other women in re­mote places via the films, but also ac­tion­ing our own ad­ven­ture,” she said. “I al­ways en­joy sit­ting watch­ing a film if I have been ac­tive in my own en­deav­ours be­fore­hand – and from the ini­tial idea, many lo­cal groups and in­di­vid­u­als have come on board to share the ad­ven­ture. “We hope that in ad­di­tion to en­joy­ing the films we can sup­port women to be ad­ven­tur­ous in our beau­ti­ful re­gion.” Ms Gil­son said the pro­gram de­lib­er­ately in­cluded a range of women-only events with both “come and try” op­por­tu­ni­ties for first-timers and more challenging events for ex­pe­ri­enced ad­ven­tur­ers, like a bush­walk to Mt Cob­bler, a well-be­ing and ad­ven­ture im­mer­sion at 15 Mile Creek camp in Greta South, and a Beech­worth Chain Gang ladies moun­tain bike ride. But there are also events open to ev­ery­one which high­light the op­por­tu­nity for women to par­tic­i­pate, like a hike with the Warby Range Bush­walk­ers. There are also fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to pro­mote con­nec­tion and wellbeing be­tween all, such as ca­noe­ing at Lake Wil­liam Hovell in the King Val­ley, a na­ture ex­plo­ration, white wa­ter raft­ing and a bar­be­cue so­cial lunch. Ms Gil­son said many women who may be a lit­tle hes­i­tant about get­ting ac­tive, or per­haps used to do­ing things with a part­ner, need to know there is a great com­mu­nity of women out there en­joy­ing out­door ad­ven­tures together. She said get­ting ac­tive was ben­e­fi­cial for emo­tional, phys­i­cal and men­tal wellbeing. “Since hav­ing chil­dren it has been more dif­fi­cult to get out ad­ven­tur­ing together (with my hus­band) so I’ve re­ally en­joyed the com­pany of women friends and other out­door groups to ad­ven­ture with,” she said. “This event is de­signed to make women feel wel­come and sup­ported as they try new ex­pe­ri­ences, and also for out­doors peo­ple to re­late to ad­ven­ture in dif­fer­ent ways. “I think get­ting ac­tive is uni­ver­sally pos­i­tive, no mat­ter what the ad­ven­ture.” In ad­di­tion to high­light­ing ac­ces­si­ble ad­ven­ture op­tions, Ms Gil­son said she also wanted the week­end to con­trib­ute some­thing to the well-be­ing of marginalised women. She said through spe­cial events and on­line dona­tions, funds raised will be do­nated to Yoga For Free­dom, a week-long global fundrais­ing move­ment which runs from Septem­ber 2 to 9 and aims to pro­tect women and girls and help end the vi­cious cy­cle of sex slav­ery. Women are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged to regis­ter for the 15 Mile Creek Wellbeing and Ad­ven­ture Im­mer­sion on Sun­day, Septem­ber 9 from 9.30am un­til 4.30pm, and the se­ries of events at Lake Wil­liam Hovell in the King Val­ley which start at 10.30am. To find out more visit ac­tiont­head­ven­­ensweek­end/ pro­gram-of-events

PHOTO: Kate Gil­son

GREAT OUT­DOORS: Women like Sam Rus­sell, Sandy King, Kate Walsh and Suz Chris­ti­son are en­cour­ag­ing other to join them, get ac­tive and ex­plore North East Vic­to­ria.

SENSE OF AD­VEN­TURE: Event con­venor Kate Gil­son said ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties are ben­e­fi­cial for women’s emo­tional, phys­i­cal and men­tal wellbeing.

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