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Your guide to this weekend’s Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival

Three days of celebrating women in sport! That’s what’s happening this weekend at the Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival, an inclusive event for newcomers and professional athletes alike.

The festival offers three days of events including Sport Open Day and a family fun day with sporting clinics, sporting stalls, food trucks and live music.

One of the festival highlights is ticketed breakfast with Inspirational Woman Athletes as part of International Woman’s Day with Kerri Pottharst and Sam Poolman sharing the lessons they learned in their sporting careers.

The Festival will continue the following two days with the Hunter First Women’s Sporting Symposium which will feature sector professionals and Australian sporting legends. 

Together they will tackle some of the key issues facing women in Australian sport including participation and inclusion, pay equity, toxic culture, female body identity disparity, future approaches and opportunities.

These sessions will no doubt feature inspiring conversations of benefit for aspiring professional athletes and coaches and administrators of women’s sport.

The Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival kicks off this Friday and runs for the full weekend. You can check out the programme below and visit lakemac.com.au/Events for tickets and find more information

Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival – Program


FRIDAY 11 MARCH


WOMEN’S SPORT BREAKFAST

Beach volleyball Gold-medallist, Kerri Pottharst will share the
lessons learned in her sporting career and provide you with the
strategies that took her to Gold. Her keynote will help you
overcome your fears and self-doubts, to set goals and to push
through the barriers to achieve them.

Kerri will also join Australian Netballer, Sam Poolman for a Q&A
hosted by NBN Sports Reporter Kate Haberfield to tackle some
of the key issues facing women in Australian sport.

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FRIDAY LUNCH WITH THE SPORTS STARS

Become inspired by the greats for a star-studded lunch!
These World Champions will discuss the issues facing women
in sports and provide you with gold medal strategies that can
lead anyone to success.

Katie Kelly will share her incredible story about living with a
genetic condition, winning two World Championships and
advocating for young children living with a disability.

Plus, Kerri Pottharst will return for another motivating keynote
that will leave you feeling confident and ready to take on
challenges in sport and life.

Guest Speakers

Kerri Pottharst – Beach volleyball Gold medalist
Katie Kelly – Two-time Paralympian
Narelle Eather – Senior Physical Education Lecturer at University of Newcastle
Jess Skinner – Assistant Coach at Knights NRLW
Fiona McCarthy – Founder of Mind and Body Balance

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SATURDAY 12 MARCH


SATURDAY LUNCH WITH THE SPORTS STARS

A motivation-packed symposium with World Champion guest speakers Sam Poolman, Rhiannan Iffland and Peri Roberts covering exciting topics such as women in extreme sports, making dreams a reality and how we can nurture women’s sport in a rapidly changing society.

Not to be missed by athletes, coaches, administrators of sport and anyone who wants to seize opportunities, break through barriers and become a champion in their own right.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Rhannan Iffland – Australian cliff diver
Peri Roberts – World Champion kite surfer
Sam Poolman – Australian netballer
Jessica Dane – Co-owner of Triple Eight Race Engineering
Abbie – Creator of Her Way Magazine
Emma Humphries – Regional Manager of Australian Sailing

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FREE SURF & YOGA SESSIONS

Blacksmiths Beach

Bookings essential

HUNTER NETBALL MATCH

The Hunter Team vs Innerglow
Charlestown Netball Courts

LAKE MAC TENNIS TOURNAMENT WITH TENNIS CENTRAL

Join Tennis Central for the 2022 Lake Mac Pro-Am with special guest, Jaslyn Hewitt-Shehadie! Players will take part in short doubles sets and have the opportunity to play with
some of our special guests. This is an invitation-only event, spectators are welcome.


SUNDAY 13 MARCH


SPORT OPEN DAY

Charlestown Netball Courts

Our local sporting clubs will show you just how fun sport can be in a range of clinics and games including GeckoSports Kids Fitness, self-defence, taekwondo, soccer, tennis, Zumba and a special Netball Masterclass with Sam Poolman and Aspire Netball!

If the sportswear you out, call half-time and enjoy roving entertainment, food, stalls and live music with headlining act, The Little Quirks!

KIDS FUN FITNESS WITH GECKOSPORTS

11.30am – 2.30pm

RUGBY LEAGUE SKILLS WORKSHOP WITH CENTRAL LEAGUES BUTCHER BIRDS

11.30am – 12.50pm

SAM POOLMAN NETBALL MASTERCLASS

11am – 12.30pm

Bookings essential

UNIVERSAL TAE KWON DO ACADEMY – SELF DEFENCE LESSON

Session 1 – 12pm

Bookings essential

Session 2 – 2pm

Bookings essential

HUNTER ACADEMY OF SPORT – FITNESS TEST

1pm – 4pm

No bookings required

SOCCER ‘KICK ON FOR WOMEN’ SKILLS SESSION FOR ADULTS

2pm – 2.30pm

Bookings essential

MINIROOS DEMONSTRATION GAME FOR 8-10 YEARS

2.30pm – 3pm

No bookings required