Cairns Aspire Hockey Program delivering some Deadly Outcomes for young indigenous women and girls


  • Registrations at Cairns Hockey show that in 2018 the Association is welcoming more indigenous members than ever before
  • The memberships filter through all clubs and highlights the positive embrace of the Aspire Program through the Far North Hockey Communities
  • Largest number of indigenous members selected in representative pathways ever
  • We have an Aspire young girl selected as a shadow for Queensland at the State 12 and Under School Hockey Championships
  • More schools are now requesting to become Aspire Schools across our identified regions
  • Delivery of Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well is expanding with education, health and well-being and leadership outcome targets being exceeded
  • Mentor Pathway Programs are becoming stronger with Ambassador and Role Model Programs being requested across the community
  • More partners than ever before
  • Aspire delegation to meet the Prime Minister in August
  • Opportunities for indigenous young women and girls increasing with hockey embracing this program unconditionally

Aspire in the Community

  • supporting parents
  • supporting young people
  • collaborating with schools
  • collaborating with health services
  • supporting leadership programs
  • supporting employment opportunities
  • supporting health and fitness

 Reconciliation Practices

Last year Cairns Hockey Aspire Program won the 2017 Queensland Reconciliation Award in Community Category and in 2017-2018 we have continued advancing and supporting these practices to try and embrace the action of making one view or belief compatible with another using the sport of hockey to drive positive outcomes in this landscape.

June 14th highlighted this across the State when our Aspire Hockey Program was asked to deliver the acknowledgement to country at 12 and Under State Schools Hockey Championships in Cairns. This was an occasion where all the qualities of the Aspire Program were on show, leadership, cultural awareness, self belief and team work and the delivery was an overwhelming success

Reconciliation Week 2018

  • Cairns Hockey Aspire joined forces with Cairns West and travelled to Redlynch College to introduce hockey into the school program.
  • The young indigenous Aspire Students were given the task of being the teach/coaches across the program and delivered 4 sessions to over 60 participants to begin and support the weeks activities
  • Both schools for given $500 value of hockey equipment so these programs can continue and grow to support and benefit the schools and the community participants.
  • Thanks to both schools for this great initiative
  • Aspire assisted at Djarragun College across this week with sports opportunities

Apunipima Collaborations

  • Aspire is collaborating with Apunipima Health Services and delivering great new program in Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw aligning with healthy choices, healthy habits programs.
  • This supports the NQHPN partnership with Cairns Hockey and has increased awareness with these new initiatives

NAIDOC Celebrations

  • Cairns will be seeking some indigenous designs to be incorporated in the new building works on site
  • Invitations will be extended to local artists to highlight the traditional cultural referencing the Reef and the rainforest peoples of the region
  • This expands the current Hockey Art Program in place that highlights the opportunity to share culture through artwork on hockey equipment
  • we thank Kevin Edmonstone for his collaboration with us in this regard

Support from Warren Entsch MHR Member for Leichardt

  • Aspire is very proud to have the support of our local federal member who had the vision to see how this program had the capacity to assist indigenous young women and gave his support
  • As the program has grown, Warren has been providing networking tools and accessing opportunities so this program can exceed all reasonable expectations and provide sustaining outcomes in education, health and well-being and leadership
  • We are building strong relationships and the future opportunities are being to open up and we thank Warren for this

Collaborations with BDO Nth Qld

  • BDO Nth Qld has become a valued partner across the Aspire Program
  • assists with mentor opportunities
  • offers business assistance and business planning to strengthen program sustainability
  • offers value adding opportunities across leadership, employment and mentorships
  • supporting When we Grow Up days and speaking at school

Pathway to Success

  • 6 Aspire Ambassadors and Role Models involved at Qld Under 18 State Championships
  • Jess Fatnowna received state community technical accreditation
  • 6 Aspire participants on the pathway to representative hockey playing at Under 13 State Championships
  • Parent Coaches involved and supporting

Collaboration with Hockey Queensland RIHP


  • next week a group of our Aspire Hockey Girls will travel down to Gold Coast to take part in a Hockey Queensland RIHP Challenge.
  • Our girls were eligible through meeting and exceeding education and attendance targets, displaying respect, respon sibility and excellent behaviour across the program to date, showing leadership qualities and improving as part of the hockey program.
  • 3 days at the Commonwealth Games Hockey Stadium at Gold Coast being part of a program that brings together the RIHP Programs across Queensland and Cairns Aspire thanks Hockey Queensland for the opportunity to collaborate and be part of this opportunity and Commonwealth Games Legacy.
  • Thanks to Just Hockey for being a great partner and assisting our young people in this and many more programs.
  • Thanks to Lisa and Jess Fatnowna our mentors and Cathy Nixon from Cairns West State School for assisting and supporting this opportunity



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