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Holiday campers go for gold

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Liane Tooth visited Ern Halliday Recreation Camp where she told her inspirational Olympic story and challenged the camp participants to a game of Floorball.

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23 July 2012

The Ern Halliday Recreation Camp held an Olympic themed school holiday program where participants had the opportunity to meet Liane Tooth, a two-time Olympic gold medallist for the Australian Women’s Hockey team.

Liane spoke about her life as an Olympian, what it is like to be in the games, how it felt to receive her gold medal and told her own story of what it took for her to work towards her goal of being selected into the Olympics.

Through her story she showed her success as being the first female hockey player to compete in four Olympic Games and was one of the eight Olympic flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“I feel it is important to inspire young people to chase their dreams, no matter what those dreams are, and show that with hard work they can be achieved.” Liane said.

Liane brought in her two Olympic Gold Medals as well as the Olympic torch for all participants to hold and get a photo with, before everyone participated in a game of floorball where Liane played on both teams and got everyone involved.  

Every camp has a different theme, and with this camps’ theme being Olympic, other Olympic actives were offered such as basketball, archery, cycling, volleyball and tae kwon do.

Ern Halliday Camp manager Ian Sprigg said the young people learnt how to work as part of a team in many of the group challenges and team games they were involved in as well as learnt about taking turns, facing personal challenges and the importance of clear communication skills in activities.

“Overnight camps are not only fun but also provide a different kind of learning experience for young people outside the classroom, in which they are able to learn independence and how to look after themselves.” Mr Sprigg said.

To find out about the next holiday program operating at one of DSR's recreation camps, check out www.dsr.wa.gov.au under ‘Holiday Camps’ or contact Debbie Courtney on 9492 9779.

Holiday camps and programs

The department offers unique recreational experiences during school holiday periods.