Young women playing sport across Newcastle and the Hunter will have a chance next week to listen to and speak to World Cup superstar Gema Simon, Super Netball veteran Sam Poolman, rising WNBL talent Cassidy McLean at an education seminar at Hunter Sports High School on Tuesday evening.
After the success of last year’s seminar, which saw Poolman joined by Katie Ebzery and Amy Harrison to discuss using and leveraging sponsorship opportunities to help further their flourishing sports career, Kylie Frearson from Property Solutions 101 has again combined with a host of Newcastle businesses to run the educational event.
This time around, the international stars will talk about, and field questions on, their stories and lessons of resilience. McLean will discuss her battles with injury through the past year. Simon will talk about her challenges around returning to the Matildas.
The event is open to females of high school age and aims to “help bridge the equity gap for male and female athletes”. Last year’s event was hosted for a packed house, and organiser Kylie Frearson is hoping they can boost attendance even more.
“We want to give young women who are playing all different sports a chance to speak to those that have come before and learn about and discuss elements of making sport your career that may not necessarily be easy to learn,” Frearson told the Chronicle.
“This event is for any girl playing sport in Newcastle and the Hunter. We want to give them a chance to listen to Gema, Cassidy, and Sam’s stories and journeys, and make it accessible to all different codes and sports.”
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After a wave of positive feedback following the inaugural seminar held at the Harbourview Function Centre last year, Frearson said she knew they had to continue the events. She also knew it was an opportunity to bring different Novocastrian stars onboard.
“Last year the feedback was just amazing, and the money that we raised from the event as well went towards a young girl who used the money to travel away with Hunter Sports High for a basketball event,” Frearson said.
“Every girl and the parents who came and then talked to us took away different things. They learned a lot from all the different sports, and the different women that we had speaking, so that was really cool to see. We’re hoping we can do that again this year.”
The first seminar was last year and the night is the collaboration of businesswomen Kylie Frearson (Property Solutions 101), Clare Ferguson (Monica Clare), Louise Williams (Jenkins Legal) and Holly Martin (The Marketing GP).
The event is a collaboration between Frearson (Property Solutions 101), Holly Martin (The Marketing GP) and Louise Williams (Jenkins Legal). Clare Ferguson (Monica Clare Recruitment) has also joined the sponsorship lineup for 2019.
The seminar will be held at Hunter Sports High School on the Pacific Highway in Gateshead on Tuesday, July 23. The event will begin from 6pm.
To RSVP head to the Sponsorship Education Seminar’s Facebook listing. All tickets will be $5, and ticketing proceeds will be combined in a fund for a local female athlete. There will also be photo opportunities at the event with Gema, Sam, and Cassidy.