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Reclink Invites Women to Have a Go To #BreakTheBias

All women are invited to join Reclink Australia WA to #BreaktheBias at the WACA ground!

Tuesday 10 May 2022 – 10am until 2pm. 

Reclink is welcoming marginalised and vulnerable women over the age of 16 to have fun with sport at a special event at the WACA to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday 10th May 2022.

The day will be a celebration for Western Australian women of all abilities to have a go at cricket and football, to help #BreakTheBias in 2022 and be a part of “Her Aussie Sports” - a Reclink initiative that promotes opportunities for women to try sport in a safe, encouraging and fun environment.

“We want this event to be simple, fun and engage women in a different way to a more traditional sports approach – the day is not about learning sport strategies, or focusing on fitness or running, it’s about inviting a group of women together to ‘come and try’ - to learn some of the basic skills of cricket and football in a non-threatening environment,” Reclink WA State Manager Simone Ireland said.

The event has been carefully designed to take away some of the barriers that prevents women from joining sport – the event is free, in a central location at the famous WACA ground, lunch is provided, and there is a focus on inclusion and “having a go”. 

“This event is designed to meet women at where they are at in their lives. We know team sports are great for mental health and wellbeing, so our aim is to introduce women to these sports in a welcoming way, with no fear of judgment or having to commit to a long-term program,” Simone said.

Simone says Reclink’s work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people participating in sport and recreation has shown that there are far fewer women than men who participate in team sports that have historically been perceived as male sports, specifically AFL and cricket.

“We know that there are now fantastic opportunities for girls and women to play these sports. However, for many of the women Reclink Australia works with, they have never been exposed to the opportunity and the main reason they don’t select AFL and cricket as a sport of choice is due to fear and limited confidence to join in.  We also know that many women would love to try these two sports if there was a fun, safe and encouraging environment to do it in.”

Simone says there is a collective passion for this opportunity for women, with Reclink partnering with WA Cricket, East Fremantle Women’s FC, ASeTTs, Act Belong Commit, Stephen Michael Foundation, City of Perth, Women in Sport WA, Legal Aid WA, Neami National, Fremantle Dockers Purple Hands Foundation and SEDA.

The event welcomes all people with the pronouns She/Her/Hers to have a go at the sports and learn new skills, including marking and kicking a football, and bowling and catching a cricket ball.

Guest speakers include Joy Wells, a Reclink participant and volunteer who will be speaking about her own personal journey, as well as WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews and AFLW Media Commentator and former player and coach Nikki Harwood.

Christina says the event will be a showcase of sport’s inclusive nature within Western Australian communities.

“The event is another great way to show how sport can bring people together no matter their experience or circumstances”, WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews said.

For more information on the day, contact Simone Ireland on 0478 769 903 or visit the Reclink WA Facebook page.

For more information, refer to flyer above or contact the WA Reclink Team: 

Phone: 0478 769 903
Reclink WA Facebook page: Click HERE.

#InternationalWomensDay2022 #BreakTheBias

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