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Gippy Girls Can Week filled with fun activities for women and girls from 12 to 18 September 2022

Gippy Girls Can, the local version of the popular This Girl Can physical activity campaign, is on now.

By news@gippsland - 11th September 2022 - Back to News

Gippy Girls Can offers free activities to encourage women and girls to be physically active at inclusive, welcoming events that cater to all skill levels and abilities. East Gippsland Shire Council is partnering with GippSport and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, who are contributing funding and staffing support to deliver the activities.

From left to right, Miranda Wilson, Nicole Osborne, Sophie Bolding, Amelia Evison, Amy Harrison, Abby Collinson, Jasmine Steger, Molly Irvine, Bek McIntyre

From left to right, Miranda Wilson, Nicole Osborne, Sophie Bolding, Amelia Evison, Amy Harrison, Abby Collinson, Jasmine Steger, Molly Irvine, Bek McIntyre

Held from Monday 12 September to Sunday 18 September, Gippy Girls Can activities will be free, fun, non-judgemental and suited to women and girls who want to get active again or try something new. Some activities have limited numbers, so book now to secure your spot. A full list of activities is available at

Activities include stand-up paddle boarding in Lakes Entrance, movement classes, gym and swimming pool access, beach yoga in Mallacoota, walking trails, and a skate clinic in Omeo.

Being fit and active

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said it was great to see Gippy Girls Can is a great way to meet new people and learn new ways to get active. "Gippy Girls Can and This Girl Can helps show women and girls there are plenty of ways to be active. It could be trying something new, or maybe getting back into an activity you used to enjoy."

"The initiative is working. VicHealth says the 2021 This Girl Can campaign inspired almost 340,000 women to get active. I'd like to thank the organisations who are supporting hosting events this year." Cr Reeves said.

This Girl Can began after research showed that a big reason Victorian women don't try new activities or get involved in sport is a fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start. Twice as many women than men put off getting active because they're worried about what other people think.

Line-up of activities

Council received funding through the VicHealth Local Government Partnership Project to deliver a local This Girl Can Week campaign. This year's activities are:

Monday 12 September

  • Mitchell River Walk, beginning at Howitt Park Car Park, Bairnsdale
  • Session 1: 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Session 2: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Tuesday 13 September

  • Light movement class, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 10.30 - 11.30am
  • Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 8.00 - 11.00am

Wednesday 14 September

  • Beach yoga, Bastion Beach Mallacoota, 12.00 - 1.00pm. Facilitated by Reclink.
  • Gym introduction, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 8.00 - 9.00pm

Thursday 15 September

  • Stand-up paddle boarding, Lakes Entrance
  • Session 1: 12.30pm - 1.15pm
  • Session 2: 1.45pm - 2.30pm

Eight spots available per time slot, registrations essential. Book for Stand Up Paddleboarding .

  • Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 4.00 - 7.00pm

Friday 16 September

  • Ah Fong Loop Walk, Omeo. Beginning at Ah Fong Loop picnic area, 4.00 - 6.00pm

Saturday 17 September

  • Omeo Skate Clinic, Omeo Pump and Skills Track, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 18 September

  • Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 11.00am - 2.00pm
  • Gym introduction, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 5.00 - 6.00pm

This Girl Can Week! The week is all about encouraging more women to give physical activity a go or return to exercise after a break. If you are a supporter, friend of, or champion for Gippy Girls Can, this event may be for you.

Pictures from Gippy Girls Can Facebook page.


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