The Morrison Government has delivered on its election commitment by providing $2 million to the Cairns Hockey Association supporting the expansion of their ‘Aspire to be Deadly’ Indigenous Hockey program to four additional locations across northern Queensland.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP said the funding will be used to establish hubs in the Torres Strait, Western Cape York, South Cape York, Cairns and Gulf regions. Through these hubs the program will support attendance, engagement, mentoring, health checks and referral pathways for at least 1,500 Indigenous girls over the next four years.
“Since the program began in 2015 it has demonstrated value in driving social change. Aspire to be Deadly engages and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women in a safe and fun environment to show how healthy lifestyle choices can help all parts of their lives.”
The program uses hockey as a vehicle to teach young Indigenous women new skills, embrace culture, strengthen friendships and improve behaviour and school attendance.
“Cairns Hockey’s goal is to build into a leading national program, and we are proud to support them on that journey.”
The program also cultivates leadership with indigenous hockey players making their way through high school and becoming role models and Ambassadors within the program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said, “Ambassadors work in classrooms alongside individual students providing support and promoting the message of ‘Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well’. They get to know the students to build trust and show them how working together and living well leads to more opportunities in life.”
“Ambassadors not only coach the sport, these impressive young women then become role models in their own right, influencing positive life choices in their families and communities.”
“The Morrison Government is proud to deliver the resources that will allow this successful program to expand, so that even more young people can grow through team sport.”
Lisa Fatnowna, an Aspire to be Deadly Ambassador and recently named in Hockey Australia’s U21 National Country Hockey Team, said everyone is proud to be involved in the program.
“Working with Indigenous young women and assisting them to believe in themselves, believe in the opportunities that come with committing to school and learning, and being involved in decision making and leadership projects is rewarding,” Ms Fatnowna said.
“Importantly it also helps me challenge myself to set higher goals and achieve sustained success in my chosen career and sport.”
For information on how to get involved, visit Cairns Hockey’s website http://www.cairnshockey.com.au/aspire