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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sporting scholarships improving wellbeing

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TWO Perth-based women have the chance to improve the health and wellbeing of their mob as recipients of scholarships from national health promotion charity Bluearth.

The recipients, Georgia King and Annette Morrison, will receive accredited Certificate IV Fitness Training, mentoring and support at North Metro TAFE in Perth. Once they have completed their studies, they will design and run fitness programs for members of Yok Djakoorliny, a health and wellbeing group for Noongar and other Aboriginal women and their friends.

As a Noongar and Yamtaji girl, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women is very important to me,” Ms Morrison said. “I love sport and I love my culture very much. With this scholarship, I will work so hard to improve the health of the women around me.”

Ms King said receiving the scholarship will help her realise her desire to work in the health field.

My family has been actively engaged in improving the health of the Aboriginal community,” she said. “Consequently, I’m extremely passionate about working with other Aboriginal women, and to help improve their health and wellbeing.”

Bluearth chief executive Wendy Gillett said the scholarships, established in partnership with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and Yok Djakoorliny, aim to empower Aboriginal women to take action to address growing levels of chronic disease.

The scholarships also recognise the important role women already play in improving community health and wellbeing,” she said.

Scholarship recipients and Blueearth staff: from left, Georgia King, Carol Brewster Michie (Yok Djakoorlinuy), Wendy Gillet (Blueearth CEO), Anette Morrison, Jenni Curtis (Yok Djakoorlinuy)

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