Jodie Bowering, champion softballer and member of the Open Women’s Team, which won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, will represent Softball Australia and Red Dust as a Red Dust Role Model on an upcoming tour to Daly River NT, from Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October. The tour, made possible through an exciting new partnership between Red Dust, Softball Australia and Softball NT, will hopefully see many other softball role models, like Jodie, take part in Red Dust tours for many years to come.
Red Dust is a Health Promotion organisation that delivers innovative health promotion programs in partnership with remote communities. The Healthy Living Program encourages Indigenous youth to learn more about health and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle.
As part of Red Dust’s Healthy Living Program, Jodie will join role models from other walks of life, such as art and dance, to mentor Indigenous youth while modelling healthy lifestyle decisions. Through special projects and workshops, mentors will cover nutrition, hygiene, substance misuse and physical activity, supporting the Healthy Living Theme for the week, “Be a Leader – Make Cool Choices.”
Colette Davis, Programs Manager for Red Dust says, “Role models with skills in music, sport and the arts are integral to our delivery in encouraging active participation and the building of knowledge and skills in a fun way. Jodie is a great role model and a perfect fit for this program in Nauiyu Nambiyu, a community that is passionate about softball. Red Dust programs encourage skill transfer and capacity building, and with Jodie’s experience there is opportunity for mentoring of local community members to build on their existing knowledge and softball skills. A great start to a strong partnership with Softball Australia and Softball NT.”
A physical education teacher, member of the Open Women’s, CTI Aussie Spirit leadership group, and co-captain of the Qld Heat Open Women’s Team, Jodie has an abundance of experience to pass on. “I feel very privileged to become a Red Dust role model. I have been waiting for this opportunity to present itself for a while as I’ve heard amazing stories about the program. It’s so special that I get to not only provide experiences for children to find passion for the game I love, but to also encourage lifelong health and wellness.”
Softball Australia’s involvement in the Red Dust Program aligns with Softball Australia’s Indigenous Softball Program and the “Health through Softball” project funded by the Australian Government, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The “Health through Softball” project aims to provide opportunities for Indigenous communities to participate in softball activities that help to improve their health and physical wellbeing.