Three members of the Australian athletics team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Shannon McCann, Robbie Crowther and Melissa Breen - have agreed to serve as Official Ambassadors for Athletics Australia’s ‘Athletics for the Outback’ community program.
The Athletics for the Outback program reaches Indigenous Australians in towns and municipalities throughout Australia via a combination of activities including after school programs, in-school coaching clinics, recreational running events and leadership and education initiatives.
The program aims to create an inclusive environment where Indigenous Australians of all ages and abilities can participate in, and celebrate athletics in their community.
McCann, Crowther and Breen have all agreed to provide support to the program, including making visits to remote communities within the next 12 months.
Athletics Australia’s Indigenous Participation Coordinator Bridgid Junot said the addition of the three international athletes as the faces of the Athletics for the Outback program was a huge boost.
“Wherever in Australia we take the Athletics for the Outback program, the kids are always thrilled to meet real athletes who can share their experiences with them,” said Junot. “To have three international representatives of this calibre back our program is simply fantastic.
“As the new national record holder in the women’s 100m, Melissa Breen is one of Australia’s most recognisable athletes. Robbie Crowther has competed at both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games whilst Shannon McCann made a great senior debut recently in Glasgow. Their involvement in the program is a huge boost and we know they will be wildly popular with the kids. All three are great role models and the fact that Robbie and Shannon are also indigenous athletes will provide additional inspiration to many of the kids we reach.”
Athletics for the Outback aims to reach over 2,300 indigenous Australians annually, providing them with the opportunity to participate in athletics through traditional and play-based activities and recreational running and walking opportunities, coach education, carnival/meet organisation and delivery support, and leadership opportunities.
Athletics Australia acknowledges the continuing support of the Federal Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation program. For more information about the Athletics for the Outback program, visit www.athletics.com.au/Participate/Athletics-For-The-Outback.