Jelena Dokic to feature as part of Lake Mac Women in Sport Festival

Lake Macquarie City Council

Jelena Dokic will feature as part of this year's Lake Mac Women in Sport Festival.jpg

Author, commentator and former world No.4 tennis star Jelena Dokic is set to touch down in Lake Macquarie next week for this year’s Lake Mac Women in Sport Festival.

Dokic will headline the festival’s 6 March ‘Inspirational Breakfast’ at Tinta Belmont, sharing stories of her life as a teen tennis sensation, and the personal and professional struggles that came with it.

“It’s an honour to have such a strong and successful sportswoman featuring this year,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.

This year’s festival kicks off on Saturday 4 March, and includes a week of events and activities aimed at everyone, from curious sporting newcomers to aspiring professional athletes.

On Sunday 5 March, a free ‘Try a Sport Day’ at Speers Point Park will unite the community and local sports organisations, with family-friendly, interactive activities and sports challenges, stalls, displays and activities.

Cr Fraser said almost 20 local sports clubs and organisations were taking part, including Tennis NSW and the Newcastle Jets.

“They’ll be showcasing a range of sports, including cricket, rugby league, baseball, sailing, martial arts, mountain-biking, tennis and volleyball,” she said.

“Then throughout the week of the festival, sporting groups across Lake Mac will be hosting introductory sessions and competitions to help girls and women get a better idea of what’s on offer, and to build participation rates.”

ARIA Award-winning singer Clare Bowditch will headline a special festival edition of Live Music @ Lake Mac performance at Warners Bay Theatre on 8 March, supported by Hunter singer-songwriter Georgie Winchester.

On Friday 10 March, the Multi Arts Pavilion, mima, in Speers Point Park will host Friday Night Foodies with a twist, including a special festival session of 80’s Skaties and the Newcastle Roller Derby League.

Cr Fraser said Charlestown Square would host a Women in Sport exhibition on Saturday 11 March in its centre court, featuring a panel discussion with local female surfers, an activewear fashion parade modelled by Newcastle Jets players and vintage women’s sportswear displays from the Australian Museum of Fashion.

“It’s great to have so many activities and events as part of this year’s Women in Sport Festival,” she said.

“Our city continues to produce a wealth of female sporting talent, and we want to ensure we encourage and nurture that.”

“Sport builds confidence and fitness, it creates social bonds and it encourages teamwork, so anything we can do to build female participation has to be a good thing.”

The Lake Mac Women in Sport Festival is funded in partnership with the NSW Government through its Stronger Country Communities Fund.

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