Rob McKie from the Stingrays says ?the feedback to date has been very positive, with numerous additional businesses and clubs wishing to join forces with the Stingrays for the 2009 event.? The event was scheduled to promote women?s football in the Illawarra linking players to clubs and development opportunities. Many thanks to visiting referee Sarah Ho who attended and said it was one of the best events she had ever been to promoting women?s football.
The come and try sessions and Traditional Indigenous Games proved a big hit with the kids. These games are based on games many thousands of years old and used in traditional times to teach children skills that they would later require as an adult. One of the games played at the Expo was WANA which was developed to teach young people how to protect children from wild animals and then late on against the Protection Board. Another game we learned was Kee?an which was taught to teach the young ones about wind direction for when they were hunting. Woggabilliri is a game used for fun but also to improve young peoples balancing skills.
Opportunities were also provided on how to become a referee, obtain information on nutrition health and fitness. At the same time the Department of Sport Recreation held training sessions for sporting administrators in the Illawarra.
Referee Alex Glasgow & Wolves Players Osagie Ederaro & Alfredo Esteves also attended the day to promote womens football .And if you just wanted to sit down and relax, there were cheerleading demonstrations and the smooth sounds of the band, Jesse May to enjoy.
The day was expertly compered by Radio Station, I98?s announcer Fairlie and supported by the I98 Street Fleet. The Stingrays would like to thank the many businesses and volunteers who made the day possible.
The expo was made possible through a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.