Resilience, the importance of strong role models and never giving up were themes of this morning’s inspiring RCH International Women’s Day event celebrating celebrating women in sport and health.
Channel Seven’s Jacqueline Felgate led a panel of past and present international sportswomen including Michelle Telfer, a former Olympic gymnast and RCH Head of Adolescent Medicine; Leanne Del Toso, RCH Creative Studio administrator and captain of the Australian Gliders Wheelchair Basketball team; Nicola Stevens, AFLW champion and trainee-osteopath; and Amy Jackson, international soccer player and health ambassador.
The women spoke about overcoming adversity and the need to follow your spirit in reaching goals.
“I didn’t like the notion of being told what I would and wouldn’t be able to do,” said Leanne, after being diagnosed with Hereditary Sensory and Motor Neuropathy at the age of 19
RCH Acting CEO Jane Miller paid tribute to the RCH’s proud tradition of eminent women.
“Wonderful doctors, nurses, CEOs, administrators, research scientists, support services, volunteers, executives, allied health and other clinicians … Inspirational, working women,” said Jane.
Sport has become a global language, a common denominator that breaks down barrier, Jacqui tole the audience in Ella Latham.
“It is a worldwide industry which can have widespread impact and is a powerful tool for change. There is a major correlation between sport and health. Both can affect every aspect of your health, including mental, physical, emotional – and social – health
“And sports people learn all-too-quickly the importance of health, wellness and managing their bodies and minds if they are to succeed. Women. Sport. Health. Three hugely loaded words. And three hugely-transforming worlds,” Jacqui said.