Women Participation in Sports Challenge Stereotypes: Australian High Commissioner

Tue Feb 20 2024
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LAHORE: The High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan, Neil Hawkins, has stressed the importance of girls’ participation in sports, stating that it helps break down barriers and stereotypes.

His remarks were made during the 5th Girls’ Cricket Cup held at the Kinnaird College for Women University (KCWU) on Tuesday.

He highlighted that every time a girl hits a boundary or takes a catch, they enhance their confidence and serve as an inspiration to others.

The 5th Girls’ Cricket Cup was organized by the Australian High Commission and KCWU, with technical assistance from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Professional coaches conducted a three-day coaching clinic for the girls.

Hawkins expressed the objective of promoting gender equality and empowering girls through sports by endorsing this tournament. He congratulated the participating girls and schools and extended gratitude to Kinnaird College and PCB for their support.

“We greatly appreciate the involvement of elite women’s cricket coaches and members of the Pakistan National Women’s Team, who dedicated their time to enhance the girls’ skills and motivate them to surpass limitations,” stated Mr. Hawkins.

Tania Mallick, the Head of Pakistan Women’s Cricket, and Rukhsana David, Principal of KCWU, also addressed the event. The 5th Girls’ Cricket Cup featured teams from four schools and sports institutes: Government Shuhda-e APS Memorial Girls High School, Government Central Model School, Government Tehzeeb-ul-Binat Model Girls School, and Kinnaird Cricket Academy.

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