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Penrith Council continues to support women’s sporting events
Penrith City Council continues to support women’s sport by sponsoring the Blacktown Red Belly Warriors Women’s Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout which will see talented rugby league teams from across NSW come together on Saturday, 6th February at the Kingsway at St Marys.
Penrith City Council hosts regular NAIDOC Week celebrations and has recently been recognised as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace.
As a strong supporter of all sporting codes that backs the rising popularity of female participation in male-dominated sports, Council has taken a lead in sponsorship by donating $7,500 towards the day.
Shaylee Bent, a New South Wales City, Indigenous All Stars, and Australia World Cup Nines representative player, Women’s Rugby League star and ambassador for tackling domestic violence, will lead the hosting club’s side.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown advised that Council looks forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to Penrith for the tournament and adds “we were thrilled to learn another fantastic sporting activity is set to take place in our City, which has an ever-growing number of recreational facilities designed to accommodate events such as this one.
“Given the many grassroots opportunities available to our community’s aspiring sports stars, in an area seeing unprecedented population growth, Council is investing millions of dollars to deliver green, open spaces where people can take part in everything from organised sports through to passive recreation.
“The Kingsway is a great choice for this knock out competition and for those to come in the future, as further development is currently taking shape at the precinct as part of our Sport and Recreation Strategy.”
Rondelle Ryan, president of the Blacktown Red Belly Warriors, said teams will come from areas as far as Dubbo, Kempsey, Newcastle, the South Coast and Redfern.
Ryan notes “Women are growing in all aspects of life and they aren’t recognised as much as they should be in sport, especially in Rugby League. My grandmother ran knock out competitions for many years in Blacktown, we recently lost her so this is for her - we wanted to keep that legacy going for our mob and to showcase women in the game we love.”
The club has also organised for women from NSW Ambulance and Tackling Violence (Women NSW) to attend the inspiring event.
Ryan continued “We are so grateful that all of the Councillors have come on board for the inaugural women’s knockout competition happening in Penrith. We appreciate that they value the importance and can see the awareness this will bring to women in sport and for our Aboriginal community.
“With that sponsorship money, we will be able to buy trophies for the kids’ teams who will be playing, we will have a tent for our Elders, and we will have stalls for community groups to be able to network with the community.”
Aimed at being a family-friendly day, youngsters will get the chance to be painted up in ochre and taught traditional dances.
Image: (L to R) Shaylee Bent, Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM and Rondelle Ryan at The Kingsway where the Women’s Aboriginal Knockout will be played on Saturday 6th February, 2021.
27th January 2021 - Work commences on new elite women’s facilities at Melbourne’s Ikon Park
6th November 2020 - Blacktown International Sportspark set to host WBBL fixtures
28th September 2020 - New sports facilities to be constructed at Penrith’s Mark Leece Sportsground
4th December 2019 - Penrith Council unveils 15-year sport and recreation strategy
4th April 2016 - Penrith Panthers open $22 million rugby league Academy
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