Former sports stars inspire Stirling students

Paralympic swimmer Katrina Porter with Thomas Baker ( Y6 Newborough PS), Chloe Keenan (y6 Newborough PS) and Waverley Allen (Deanmore PS). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Paralympic swimmer Katrina Porter with Thomas Baker ( Y6 Newborough PS), Chloe Keenan (y6 Newborough PS) and Waverley Allen (Deanmore PS). Photo: Martin Kennealey

A PARALYMPIAN and former AFL player have helped inspire local school students to become leaders.

Year 6 students from Yuluma, Newborough, Deanmore, Scarborough and Lake Monger primary schools came together for a leadership workshop at HBF Stadium in Mt Claremont on Monday.

Three-time Paralympic swimmer and gold medallist Katrina Porter, former Brisbane Lions and Fremantle Dockers player Des Headland and Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey shared their journeys in leadership with students.

Teamworks Australia ran workshop sessions designed to highlight everyday skills that could be used when leading others.

The day ended with a reflection session where students thought about how to apply their newly developed skills to benefit their school and community.

Scarborough Primary School deputy principal Erica Salt said it was great to see students from local schools “interacting with each other and building friendships they can take to high school” and Newborough deputy principal Nick Stenhouse agreed.

“ Our schools came together three years ago after attending a commercially run student leadership conference, we thought we could provide a similar experience at a local level for our students,” he said.

“We believe the students in our schools today can really be the leaders of tomorrow.”