Girls hungry for a chance to play

THERE'S some good news for aspiring female athletes.

The amazing response to the 2009 Sydney Schoolgirls' Breakfast with the Stars at the State Sports centre today shows that motivating and inspiring schoolgirls to participate and continue their involvement in sport and physical activity is a major priority.

The Schoolgirls' Breakfasts was a concept which started in 2001 to address the continual decline in girls' participation in sport and physical activity, and now runs annually in Sydney.

More than 700 people including elite athletes, politicians, NSW Health and sports administrators got together to spread the word about keeping NSW girls active and healthy.

This year they dedicated a segment to the indigenous community, with a number of traditional dancers from Our Country Dance Group, followed by an Acknowledgement of Country by Order of Australia Medallist and former Olympian Marcia Ella-Duncan - the first Aboriginal scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport, and the first Aboriginal woman to represent Australia in netball.

There were also 60 elite athletes from more than 40 different disciplines who sat at the tables with the young girls.

For the first time this year the formalities of the breakfast preceded demonstrations and participation activities.

Girls were encouraged to try sports such as baton twirling, cheerleading, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby, cricket, netball and wheelchair sports, just to name a few.

Breakfasts are also held throughout the year in regional NSW, so keep an eye out for any coming up on the Tweed.

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