The Hydrothon All Female Surf Sports Clinic held on Saturday 3rd November was a huge success for our female competitors. Over 100 nippers participated in the clinic, led by current and former female surf sports stars including our own Alex legends Kristy Ellis, Kirsty Holmes, Ali Bull, Tiarrn Raymond, Olivia Heaton and Tayla Halliday. A highlight of the event was the Unique Surf Cross race where the female surf sports stars battle it out – ironman race style - for victory and $7000 prize money. Lizzie Welborn took out the title with Maddy Dunn and Emma Dick taking out second and third places respectively in the testing surf conditions.
Our female surf sports stars backed up after the race as outstanding role models and mentors to the nippers leading the surf skill workshops for the nipper girls. They provided technical advice for training and competition and shared their enthusiasm for being fit and active. Most importantly they encouraged the girls to have fun and continue their involvement in surf. Karla Gilbert also hosted a nutrition season for the mums and dads to give nutrition tips on how to implement healthy strategies into your everyday life.
The Hydrothon surf sports clinic is the ‘brain child’ of Steve Southwell who designed, promotes and manages the program. Macquarie Bank sponsors the clinic with a view to encourage participation of girls and women in sport. Statistically teenage girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of young men (www.youthsportspsychology.com), and initiatives like the Hydrothon Surf Sports Clinic seek to encourage girls to stay in sport. Some of the reasons we want our girls to stay in sport include;
1. Girls active in sports during adolescence and young adulthood are 20% less likely to get breast cancer later in life.
2. Through sports, girls learn important life skills such as teamwork, leadership and confidence,
3. High school female athletes have more positive body images than non-athletes. (www.womensportsfoundation.com)
A huge thanks to all the Alex members who made this day run so well; Buhky (Andrew Buhk), the Alex Crash Crew, Janelle and “her crew” helping with registration and morning tea, Water Safety (Connor, Terry, Molly and Andrew) and Linda Thornton (First Aid).