The Inaugural Ken Wyatt Cup was held on Friday June 16 2017 at Harmony Fields Oval in Maddington, Perth WA.
The Ken Wyatt Cup, supported by the Wirrpanda Foundation and the Hon. Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for Hasluck, was held in celebration of education, employment and Australian Football participation by female students, Years 7-10 across eight schools in WA.
Alongside the football carnival, students had the opportunity to meet local women participating in the workforce and engage in snapshot employment presentations aiming to provide real-life examples of the different job opportunities that exist for local women. Organisations that attended included the Wirrpanda Foundation, City of Gosnells, Department of Training and Workforce Development, Derbal Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service, Health Consumer Council Australia, Water Corporation, WA Police, FESA, Perth Football Club and the West Coast Eagles.
Wirrpanda Foundation Director David Wirrpanda said the establishment of the Ken Wyatt Cup provides significant aspiration and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
“We are currently working with the girls at grass roots level in our Deadly Sista Girlz program to go to school and make healthy lifestyle choices. To have sporting pathways for these girls would reinforce the work our mentors are doing and provide aspiration for the next generation of Indigenous female mentors,” said Mr Wirrpanda.
Mr Wyatt said that he was extremely proud to champion the event and to be a part of encouraging and empowering young women to pursue their career goals.
“The Ken Wyatt Cup is not only providing a pathway for young women to succeed as athletes, it is also, through the employment presentations, encouraging them that they can achieve anything they set their mind to” said Mr Wyatt.
Congratulations to Governor Stirling Senior High School who were the inaugural cup winners.