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Aleah Clinch and Ebonii Collard took part in the Ken Wyatt Cup, which includes job presentations. Picture: WIRRPANDA FOUNDATION.

Football and jobs for girls

LAST year’s winners of Ken Wyatt Cup – Governor Stirling Senior High School – did not have a team this year.

Echo News understands that this year Governor Stirling Senior High School Year 8 students Aleah Clinch and Ebonii Collard, who are also Deadly Sista Girlz academy members, played for the other schools taking part in the cup.

The other schools were Northam SHS, Gilmore College, Katanning SHS, Yule Brook College, Southern River College and Fremantle College.

The cup supported by the Wirrpanda Foundation and Hasluck MLA Ken Wyatt is a celebration of education, employment and Australian Football participation by female students, Years 7-10 across the seven WA schools.

The grand final was between Gilmore College and Katanning Senior High School with Gilmore defeating Katanning 5.3 (33) to 2.3 (15). 

Alongside the football carnival, students had the opportunity to engage in employment presentations and have the unique opportunity to meet women participating in the workforce via snapshot presentations aiming to provide real-life examples of the different job opportunities for women. 

Yule Brook College, Fremantle College and Southern River College, all host Wirrpanda Foundation Deadly Sista Girlz Academies.

Wirrpanda Foundation director David Wirrpanda said the cup provided significant aspiration and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

“The growth of the Deadly Sista Girlz program has given our girls the opportunity to be involved in footy and we are excited to be continuing our valued partnership with Ken Wyatt for this year’s cup,” he said. 

Deadly Sista Girlz program manager Shannon McGuire said the event was something the girls had been training for and working towards all year and there had definitely been an air of excitement at training in the lead up to the cup.

Mr Wyatt, who was unable to attend the cup due to Ministerial duties, said he was proud to champion the event and to be a part of encouraging and empowering young women to pursue their career goals.

“The cup is not only providing a pathway for young women to succeed as athletes, it is also, through the employment presentations, encouraging them that they can achieve anything they set their mind to” he said.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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