Kowanyama kids are attending the Karumba Festival of Sport for the first time thanks to the landmark hockey and health program Aspire to Be Deadly.
A partnership between Apunipima, Kowanyama State School and Cairns Hockey saw the program roll out in Kowanyama in early August.
Kids who attend school, demonstrate good behaviour and conduct in and out of the classroom and practice good health and well-being choices were in the running to be selected to attend the Festival which has been running for almost 15 years.
Cairns Hockey Operations Manager Julie McNeil said it was an exciting time for Kowanyama kids.
‘Children from Kowanyama are attending the Festival for the first time,’ she said.
‘The Kowanyama team is playing off for fifth and sixth spot out of seven teams.’
‘The team has been great, represented Kowanyama proudly and shown plenty of potential.’
‘We are confident that through this partnership good things will be achieved for everyone.’
Apunipima Health Promotion Officer Fiona Millard, who one of the coordinators of the project, said the children who had been selected to attend were doing Kowanyama proud.
‘This program is teaching children about the importance of teamwork, physical activity and making healthy choices. The children selected to head to Karumba have done themselves, and their amazing community proud.’
The Festival - which runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 September - is a massive community effort. This year 18 hockey teams are competing and there are nearly 200 participants as well as teachers, parents, volunteers and community supporters.