A $7,000 grant gives NEGS Polocrosse team the skills to ride out the highs and lows of life by hosting a three day Girls Talk clinic, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, and NEGS Polocrosse team members Georgie Constable, Paige Fielder, Rosie Ross, Molly Michell-Smith, Emily Wamsley and NEGS Principal Kathy Bishop.
Tuesday, 11 May 2021.
MEMBERS of the New England Girls’ School (NEGS) Polocrosse team are this year being kitted up with skills to ride out the highs and lows of life, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $7,000 State Government grant for them to host a women’s empowerment workshop and high-level horsemanship training.
Mr Marshall said the three-day Girls Talk clinic was a unique workshop aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of young women.
“At the height of the drought in 2019, when most rural people were doing it tough, NEGS Polocrosse hosted a GirlsTalk workshop in place of its annual clinic,” Mr Marshall said.
“Girls Talk is an initiative founded by Australian World Cup Polocrosse Player Lucy Grills, who was bullied as a young girl and was keen to instil methods to help young girls cope in today’s world.
“During the program, girls are taught important skills to support positive physical and mental health, body image and the skills needed to manage their social media presence.
“The NEGS Polocrosse team is an inspiring bunch of outgoing young women and I hope this program equips them with the personal tools to navigate the hurdles life throws in their way.”
NEGS Polocrosse Team Co-captain Abby Finlayson said the aim of this project is to increase participation of women in sport by improving skills and confidence
“This clinic will provide our team with access to high-quality coaching, which we normally wouldn’t be able to access due to our rural location and cost,” Miss Finlayson said.
“Alongside Lucy Grills, there have been a number of supportive speakers, from a variety of fields, who have addressed us in the past, and include sports professionals, psychologists and lifestyle coaches.
“Having further exposure to these people will help us develop methods to cope with the challenges of high performance sport and everyday life.
“Hopefully by hosting this program we might see participation in the club increase, along with self-awareness and self-confidence in our members.
“I am very excited to expand on this knowledge as well as introduce our new members to Lucy and the team.”