Shooting Stars participants in Carnarvon have turned the pedal on their education, by embracing their health and well-being outside of the classroom.
Close to 70 girls participate in Shooting Stars from Years 5 to 12 at Carnarvon Community College, and site Coordinator Bernie Kop has formed a bike riding group supported by Carnarvon Physiotherapy as a way to develop a stronger relationship with the participants.
“One day we do a gym session with a personal trainer and the other day we ride around Carnarvon and do different tracks to build up our fitness,” she said.
“Building a rapport with the girls is the first and foremost thing, to keep these girls at school.”
“I felt if we could do some outside school activities with them it would help to keep them on track.”
While taking in the magnificent sites of Carnarvon, the group are now building up towards an extended end of year ride and have continued their training during the school holidays.
“We’ll do a 50-kilometre bike ride at the end of Term 4 to the Blowholes,” Kop said.
“Being a positive role model is something that is important to me, so I feel showing the girls respect and good values will hopefully leave a positive impact.”
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with 30% of participants improving attendance term on term, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.
Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au