Sunday, August 1, 2010

ARM Tour

Stu has spent the last week in the Northern Territory for an ARM Tour (Athletes as Role Models), an initiative run by NASCA. You can read more about the program here.

Stu was in a group with basketballer Kellie Abrahams, sports teacher Mark Heiss, rugby league player Gavin Lester, swimmer Libby Trickett and NASCA's Georgina Nash, who all went to Ntaria, which is community about 3 hours west of Alice Springs. The week involves the ARM Tourers helping the local school to deliver their education, health and sporting programs. From driving the school bus in the morning to helping as a teacher's aid during class time, the athletes then spend the afternoon doing sport with the kids. The main aim of the Tour is to encourage Aboriginal youth in remote communities to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles, and make positive choices in life.

Stu and Gavin also used their building skills and got some of the older kids to make some picnic tables for the school. 

The team also got to check out the local country side one afternoon.