TEENAGE girls are encourage to take a stand on Lake Wendouree and get moving.
Surfing Victoria is expanding its Coasting for Women program in Ballarat due to popularity and booked out sessions on the lake the past three years.
Coasting for Women returns to the lake on Saturday morning. Coasting for Teens introductory Stand Up Paddleboarding sessions will be open to Ballarat teenage girls next month.
Surfing Victoria chief executive officer Adam Robertson said Lake Wendouree was a great place to try SUP. He hoped the extra program would entice a whole new generation of females to get into the sport and be inspired to move more.
“The program is a great way for girls to catch up, meet new friends and get active for the day,” Mr Robertson said. “It’s fantastic to bring the coasting program back to Ballarat.
“Lake Wendouree is one of the best places to paddle in Victoria. The lake is extremely safe for beginner paddling and has one of the most picturesque backdrops with the trees lining the shore.”
Lake Wendouree is one of the best places to paddle in Victoria. The lake is extremely safe for beginner paddling and has one of the most picturesque backdrops with the trees lining the shore.Adam Robertson, Surfing Victoria chief
Surfing Victoria and its affiliated SUP schools are teaming up with VicHealth under the This Girl Can intiative, encouraging and growing female participation in sport.
Coasting for Teens taps into an age group which has significant sports participation drop-off among females. Nine out of 10 Australian teenagers do not meet the national physical activity guidelines for an hours of exercise each day.
VicHealth chief Jerril Rechter said programs like Coasting for Teens were about making sport accessible, fun and non-competitive to get less active teens into sport.
“Many teenagers have told us that they stopped playing sport because it stopped being fun and started getting too competitive,” Ms Rechter said.
Sessions run for one hour with equipment provided. Participants are guided in skills to safely coast, with maximum time spent on water. Women and teenage girls can register online via coastingsup.com.
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