Macquarie Sports continued its eight year association with the Tiwi College, hosting the school’s ninth annual sports day in October. The Macquarie Sports team included three current Macquarie Sports Scholarships holders, Jessica Widarma (golf), Nick Wilkinson (rugby) and Sophie Jerapetrits (rowing), along with two members of the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants women’s AFL team, Louise Stephenson and Pepa Randall.
Macquarie Sports 2017 Annual Review
Participation in sport plays an important role in the development of children and communities. The social, health and lifestyle benefits associated with sport shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to participate. Macquarie Sports removes this barrier to participation in sport by providing free clinics to a wide range of communities around the country.
Utilising high profile sports people as ambassadors for the program, the aim is to inspire and motivate those participating. Macquarie Sports has directly reached over 200,000 children since 1999.
Macquarie Sports’ key objectives are to:
Benefit children across communities through the delivery of high quality sporting clinics.
Partner with grassroots sporting organisations to enhance their capacity.
Convey Macquarie’s commitment to the local communities in which it operates.
The Hydrothon NextGen All Female Surf Sports Clinics aim to promote female participation in surf sports, providing young female athletes with exposure to elite female Iron Women.
Rugby union programs with the NSW Waratahs and Classic Wallabies provided over 1,700 children with access to some of NSW and Australia’s best current and former players.
Australian netball icons, Liz Ellis and Catherine Cox mentored close to 700 primary school children in communities round Sydney.
Water Polo clinics in regional NSW, provided over 200 children with the chance to try a new sport, under the guidance of current and former Australian water polo representatives.
Macquarie Spots and Surfing Australia delivered five introductory surf clinics around Australia in 2017, reaching 180 children from various community groups and charities.
Hockey clinics in regional NSW delivered by Australian Kookaburra’s representative Matt Willis, provided 250 children with exposure to the game.
The Macquarie Sports Cricket Leadership Day has been running for 16 years, providing the next generation of cricketers with the opportunity to be coaches by some of Australia’s greatest cricketers.
National Primary Games
The National Primary Games continues to be one of the largest multisport events for children, celebrating sportsmanship and community. In 2017, over 2,000 children participated in the games.