Inspire Girls in Sport at the Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival

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Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the inaugural Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival is a 3-day event being held on 11-13 March, 2022 culminating in an Open Day celebrating the best of Women’s Sport in the Hunter and Australia.

The festival will offer something for everyone including a combination of talks, symposiums and hands-on activities for girls and women of all ages.

World champion cliff-diver Rhiannon Iffland, Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst and Australian netball representative Sam Poolman are set to headline the festival.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said four key themes would underpin the weekend: empowerment and celebration, advocacy and power, athletic excellence, and community and support. “Looking at recent events, from Ash Barty’s historic Australian Open victory to the Ashes win by the Australian women’s cricket team, it’s clear that women’s sport has never been stronger in our country,” Cr Fraser said. “However, there is still much we can do to break down the barriers, encourage more females to get involved and really champion women in the sporting arena.” 

Choose from a range of exciting events, including a networking breakfast with Kerri Pottharst and Sam Poolman, a two-day symposium and a Sport Open Day on Sunday 13 March.

The Women’s Sport Festival Lunch with the Sports Stars is now half price! For just $20 for adults and $10 kids, have lunch with world champion guest speakers as they teach you strategies that lead to success in sport and life. For the parents at home on Friday 11 March, there’s a lunch with Kerri Pottharst and Paralympian, Katie Kelly.

Or the whole family can join the Saturday 12 March lunch featuring guest speakers Sam Poolman, Rhiannan Iffland, Peri Roberts and Oneone Wood as they share the lessons learned in their sporting careers and inspire you to overcome challenges and reach your full potential. This is a fantastic opportunity for young aspiring athletes and parents who want to support their children in sport. Tickets include a catered lunch, a complimentary goodie bag, coffee and afternoon tea – all for $20! Book your discounted tickets here.

The Sport Open Day will feature athlete masterclasses and demonstrations, over 40 sporting stalls – wellness, clothing, equipment & more, autograph signings with sporting legends, live music from The Little Quirks, Dawn Lairg and The Boycotts, roving entertainment, including the Australian Dance & Talent Centre, food trucks and more.

The festival will showcase a range of sports matches, workshops, clinics and live entertainment and will be a great opportunity for girls and women to come out and watch or try a variety of sports, without any cost or commitment.

This includes free female-only yoga and learn-to-surf sessions at Blacksmiths, soccer and rugby sevens at St Johns Oval, Charlestown, and a netball masterclass at Charlestown netball courts on Sunday with Sam Poolman. 

Choose from the following events (Please note, tickets to the Breakfast, Symposium and Sport Open Day must be booked in advance and some Sport Open Day clinics require registration beforehand):

Day 1 – Friday 11 March 2022

  • Women’s Sport Festival Breakfast
  • Women’s Sport Symposium – Day 1

Day 2 – Saturday 12 March 2022

  • Women’s Sport Symposium – Day 2
  • Women’s Sport in Action – Free Surf and Yoga Sessions
  • Women’s Sport in Action – Hunter Netball Match (The Hunter Team vs Innerglow)

Day 3 – Sunday 13 March 2022

Enjoy Sport Open Day with fun sport clinics, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, music, food and roving entertainment!

Sports Open Day includes:

  • Clinic – Kids Fun Fitness with GeckoSports
  • Clinic – Sam Poolman Netball Masterclass
  • Clinic – Universal Tae Kwon Do Academy, Self Defence Lesson
  • Clinic – Hunter Academy of Sport Fitness Test
  • Clinic – Soccer ‘Kick on for Women’ skills session for adults
  • Demonstration – MiniRoos demonstration game for 8-10 years

For more information, to view the full program and to book tickets to the breakfast and symposium visit

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