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Healthy eating helps turn an AFL dream into reality

Date posted: 11 September 2017

Twelve year old Aker Athoi demonstrates that a healthy lifestyle and determination to succeed can be the recipe for achieving a sporting dream.

Aker has been selected to play for the Brighton Seahawks in the Australian Football League (AFL). Aker and team mate, Joice Tabaga, were the only girls selected to play for the team and both credit their sporting success to the partnership between Healthway and the Edmund Rice Centre at Mirrabooka, Western Australia.

The partnership has created the Youth Engagement Programs which work with over 600 young people each year, encouraging healthy eating among young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees, and people who face barriers to taking part in sport.

The programs, which include the Butler Falcons Multicultural Aussie rules team, is also about encouraging healthy food choices and physical activity through grassroots sports programs in local parks, an all-female culturally and linguistically diverse AFL team, a leadership program and a coaching program.

'It’s very important to eat healthy when playing sport so that you are able to keep up your energy levels. The Butler Falcons means a lot to me because the program has helped me play at State level,' said Aker.

Source: Healthway


Last updated: 11 September 2017
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