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    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    High school’s female rugby league academy helps score inaugural Premier’s Award

    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    High school’s female rugby league academy helps score inaugural Premier’s Award

    Townsville’s Kirwan State High School has been presented the inaugural Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Premier’s Award for Women in Sport at a special ceremony in Brisbane this morning.

    Presenting the award to the school at the ACHPER breakfast, Sports Minister Mick de Brenni relayed a message from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuck.

    “The Premier feels it’s time women’s sport receives the recognition it deserves,” Mr de Brenni told an audience of more than 800 people.

    “However, she says real sporting success isn’t just measured by the number of medals at the elite level – it’s about being involved. It’s about being the best you possibly can be.”

    Mr de Brenni said Kirwan High received the award for its efforts in motivating school girls to participate in physical activity.

    “Encouraging more women and girls to get more active, more often is a key objective of the new Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy being developed by the Palaszczuk Government,” he said.

    “When I went to school, there was a clear gender divide in sport. Boys played football and cricket, girls played softball and netball … and it stayed that way for many years. Now that’s changed … and for the better.

    “Our new Sports and Active Recreation Strategy will build on this government’s already significant investment in female sport.”

    The awards involved schools submitting a 30-90 second video that motivated schoolgirls to particpate in physical activity.

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper congratulated Kirwan High, whose entry focussed on the school’s female rugby league academy.

    “In its first year, the academy is already improving fitness, encouraging students to support each other and also building life skills,” Mr Harper said.

    “The program has been highly successful thus far, with two of the rugby league teams placing second and third respectively in the State Championships in Brisbane earlier this year,” he said.

    “It is also achieving improved performance and engagement at school – inspiring stuff.”

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