Inaugural Deadly Cricket Carnival a Success

Last week six of our Deadly Sista Girlz sites competed in the first ever Deadly Cricket Carnival. A relatively new sport for many of our DSGs, it was a great opportunity for them to learn new skills and get to know their fellow participants.

As well as increasing school attendance, Deadly Sista Girlz focuses on leading a positive and healthy lifestyle. As part of the program, participants have access to a tailored Sport and Recreation program, which utilises weekly sport sessions as an important engagement tool and highlights the importance of health and fitness. The girls have the opportunity to compete in sporting events throughout the year including football, basketball and now cricket.

The Deadly Cricket Carnival begun with a Welcome to Country, Barefoot Circle and a smoking ceremony performed by Jonathon & Daniel Garlett which was great way for everyone to connect to the land that the girls were playing on.

deadly sista girlz students watching an aboriginal smoking ceremony on a cricket ground

The games consisted of eight overs per side with teams batting in pairs for two overs each regardless of whether they were dismissed or not. Each player on the bowling side would bowl one over each and scores were then calculated with penalty runs being awarded if the bowling side were able to take a wicket.

Congratulations to our sista girls Isabella, Ruby, Kallira, Bella, Breanne, Viola and Hayley who were awarded a Perth Scorcher’s hat at the end of the day, recognising their great attitude and effort throughout the carnival.

We would like to thank the Western Australian Cricket Association for their support; including allowing us to use their world class oval on the day as well as provide our girls with full sets of cricket gear to use, catered lunch, organising umpires and providing extra coaching for our girls that were still learning the rules during games.

Supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models, Deadly Sista Girlz is a culturally appropriate program which aims to improve engagement and school attendance amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. Participants are enabled to make informed decisions about their personal health and well-being through the delivery of mentoring sessions.

Mentors offer a stable environment and aim to engage, educate, and empower at risk girls to make positive choices for their health and futures. Participants benefit from having trusted mentors present and available on the school grounds, helping to build routine, encourage better relationships with the wider community, instil confidence and achieve goals.

Find out more about Deadly Sista Girlz here.

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