Meet Gemma, a This Girl Can local champion

Meet Gemma. Age 13. Voice of youth, fitness boxer, 1st Wendouree Scout and a This Girl Can local champion. Showing girls how you can get active and be adventurous regardless of your age and gender!

‘This Girl Can – Vic’ – is a campaign designed to celebrate and support Victorian women and girls like Gemma, who is embracing physical activity in her everyday life.

Gemma, 13 years old, participates in a range of programs and physical activity in the City of Ballarat. Her favourite physical activities included Scout activities, which can range from knot tying to hiking, and her fitness boxing. Gemma enjoys being active around nature as it helps with not only her physical health but her mental health as well. Any tension and anxiety she has leaves her body after a session, and finds she can relax as a result of her physical activities.

Despite the stereotype of her age, Gemma is motivated and determined to be better each day. She believes in breaking the stereotype of boxing being a typical male-dominated sport and encourages women and girls, that they CAN have a go and be just as good as any males in sports. Gemma’s words of wisdom are, “it is hard to take the first steps out of your comfort zone, but taking the first step makes you so proud of yourself”.

Gemma hopes that regardless of age, young or old, that any women or girl can try something new and eventually find a sport or physical activity that resonates with them.

Sports Central, in partnership with This Girl Can – Vic, City of Ballarat’s Harmony Fest and a fantastic range of local Ballarat sporting clubs, are giving women and girls the opportunity to try some sports, learn more about This Girl Can and have a chat about how Ballarat could deliver better sporting outcomes for women and girls.

Date: 18 March 2019
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: Morshead Park, Redan
Cost: Free
Children: Need to bring your child along? No worries! We have a kid’s zone to keep them entertained throughout the event

Keep up to date with all the details, register on our Facebook Event

More This Girl Can local champions, guest speakers, sports and lots of exciting information will be announced in the coming days.

To find out more about This Girl Can – Vic and how to join the campaign, visit