Athletes inspire at carnivals

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Olympic hockey player Grant Schubert giving advice to Cassia Primary students after a match in South Hedland.
Camera IconOlympic hockey player Grant Schubert giving advice to Cassia Primary students after a match in South Hedland. Credit: North West Telegraph

Annual hockey carnivals have wrapped up across the Pilbara, with about 150 local students meeting famous Olympians and current Kookaburras and Hockeyroos.

The inaugurasl Hedland Hockey Carnival took place in late August, with carnivals also held in Roebourne, Yandeyarra and Port Hedland, with visits from sporting legends Grant Schubert, Matthew Dawson, Aaron Kleinschmidt, Brooke Peris and Georgia Wilson.

The program was delivered through Fortescue Metals Group and Hockey Australia’s Pilbara Community Hockey Program over 10 weeks during May and July to develop hockey skills and healthy lifestyles in schoolchildren.

“This year represented the seventh year of our 10-year partnership with Fortescue and the program is continuing to grow from strength to strength,” Hockey Australia commercial partnership manager Shane Tonkin said.

“Hockey Australia’s national team athletes really enjoy providing a sense of inspiration and can-do attitude to the children of the Pilbara region and we strongly believe it makes a difference.”

The PCHP is part of Hockey Australia’s National Indigenous Program, hosting workshops with 12 schools and two local hockey associations. Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said Fortescue was proud to work with Hockey Australia to deliver the program.

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