Birds fly away with little stars | Whyalla news


Elementary school students around Whyalla were able to make every young netball player’s dream come true: to train with Adelaide Thunderbirds stars Hannah Petty and Matilda Garrett.

The participants were all part of the Shooting Stars program, which empowers Indigenous girls and women by building their confidence, identity and cultural connections.

Students came from six elementary schools – Hincks Avenue, Nicolson Avenue, Long Street, Fisk Street and Whyalla Town Primary Schools and Whyalla Stuart Campus R-7.

They performed core drills with the pair of Thunderbirds, which reinforced key values ​​of teamwork and honesty while engaging them in the sport of netball.

Thunderbirds center wing defense Hannah Petty said the Shooting Stars program was “empowering” and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the students involved.

“Today it was about having fun, getting them involved… if anything, they taught us a few tricks as well,” she said.

“The work that Shooting Stars is doing in the community is great, helping to support that and encouraging young girls to set goals and dreams is super exciting.”

it’s about working together and leaning on each other to be successful in a netball game … we try to convey that.

Mathilde Garrett

Thunderbirds goaltender and goalie Matilda Garrett said the focus was on team building activities with netball to help encourage a team attitude first.

“It’s not just about the physical aspect, it’s about working together and leaning on each other to be successful in a netball match… we try to make it understood during the exercises,” said she declared.

“I’m from Melbourne and have never been to Whyalla before so it’s pretty exciting to come and give these kids a taste of netball so hopefully they start participating outside of school. .

“Some of them said they now love to move on, so it looks like they’re going for it.”

Stacey Gray, Principal of Shooting Stars, the students were participating in the Seven Sisters program this term, which emphasizes positive wellness.

“They learned to self-regulate and help each other through netball,” she said.

“It’s amazing that the girls of the Thunderbirds are joining us in inspiring and motivating the students.”


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