Champs Inspire

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Belinda Stowell, Brad Scott, Blair Evans and Zoe Arancini, esteemed athletes who facilitated the Champions 2 Country tour
Camera IconBelinda Stowell, Brad Scott, Blair Evans and Zoe Arancini, esteemed athletes who facilitated the Champions 2 Country tour Credit: Picture: Danielle Raffaele

Olympic and Paralympic champions visited Hedland last week as part of the esteemed Champions 2 Country regional program to inspire remote youth.

The team of sporting superstars, which included water polo player Zoe Arancini, swimmer Blair Evans, soccer player Brad Scott and sailor Belinda Stowell, spent three days traipsing the Pilbara, spending a day in Karratha and two days in Hedland visiting schools and sharing their love of sport with young people.

The forums and school visits focused on educating younger generations about the importance of skills such as teamwork, leadership, respect and goal setting as well as a chance to meet a range of renowned athletes.

Health students at Hedland Senior High School, as well as Clontarf Academy and V Swans program participants, engaged in a special physical education class with the athletes to learn more about opportunities in the realm of athletics and team sport, and how to develop healthier lifestyles.

Sporting associations also had a chance to meet and greet the stars with a range of community engagement events, including a water polo training clinic at South Hedland Aquatic Centre with Zoe Arancini on November 11 and a community breakfast at Port Hedland Yacht Club on November 12.

Regional kid at heart and triple Paralympic medallist Brad Scott said it was wonderful to visit Port Hedland and watch the joy of the young students engage in sport and teach them that their ambitions, despite their geography, are limitless.

“Sport is so important for these kids growing up in a regional town to learn life skills,” he said.

“All of us have been told at some stage that we were good enough so it was great to be able to show them that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.”

Two-time Olympic athlete and bronze medallist Blair Evans said she was incredibly “humbled” by the children of Port Hedland, particularly their zest for life and sport.

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