Shooting Stars is pleased to announce former participant Shari Comeagain has been named as the latest appointment to the Program’s workforce.
The 17-year-old has been involved with Shooting Stars for the past two years, a program that uses netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities.
Comeagain is a member of Shooting Stars’ Mullewa site, a remote town located more than 450 kilometres from Perth.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the young gun is an exceptional participant making the most of her opportunities through the program.
“Shari is a natural leader and we are delighted to welcome her into this role, from participant to part of the workforce,” Haintz said.
“Shooting Stars is about giving young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls the chance to embrace their full potential and we can’t wait for Shari to share her first-hand knowledge of the program with our younger girls.”
The opportunities for Comeagain continue to gather, with the youngster working hard to secure a place at the University of Western Australia in 2019.
Comeagain believes her involvement with Shooting Stars has facilitated in helping her make the most of her potential.
“The support (from Shooting Stars), means you can talk to someone about university and everything, they’re there to help you and their opinions matter.”
“They don’t give up on you if you have a dream, they will help you and support you with it.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunities and pathways this program has given me and I can’t wait to develop my leaderships skills as part of the team.”
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 an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, 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 83% 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, visit www.shootingstars.com.au.