“They told me I couldn’t, so I did!'
Raising funds for the Barwon Sports Academy to help our local youth to access programs and follow their dreams when they are told they can’t.
Friday 8th March
7:00am (for a 7:15am start) - 8:45am
10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong VIC 3220
Early bird Ticket: $32.00/pp
Event Ticket: $37.00/pp
Includes a plated breakfast, tea & coffee. Dietary requirements must be provided in advance.
Special guest speakers:
Maddy McMahon: Geelong Cats AFL Womens @aflwomens
Mary Bourke: Transforming Mary @transformingmary
Bec Connolly: Luxe on Chester & Botanicals by Luxe @luxeonchester @botanicalsbyluxe
Maddy is the example of so many young women her age. Her passion for AFL so brightly shone as a young girl but after participation in Auskick then with St.Josephs U/9s and U/11s (where she won the best and fairest against the boys), she was forced to watch from the sidelines and pursue her sporting ambitions in other sports. After juggling youth netball and basketball, she found a spot at the Big V State Championship Supercats and even trained with Bendigo in the WNBL as she pursued a career as a professional athlete. In this time she joined with now AFLW teammate Anna Teague to win the 2010 Big V state championships. The girls shared in 64 points across the 2-0 final series.
Maddy then turned to GFL netball after the birth of her first child. She has since had 2 more children with husband and dual Mathieson medalist Matt McMahon. The turning point for Maddy was the Geelong Cats talent ID day in November 2016. With the encouragement of family and friends she trialed, and her skill and athleticism showed out immediately. This was the opportunity to test herself among her peers and begin an extraordinary journey that now sees her a part of the Geelong Cats AFLW team. Rookied in the 2018 national draft, her impact has been significant.
An inspiring woman, who credits the support of her family as a key reason she is able to pursue her sporting excellence while raising 3 youngsters. The story of Maddy and Matt McMahon is one that will show others that the obstacles that arise are just challenges to overcome if you are to fulfil your ambitions and reach your potential.
Mary captures the essence of the International Women’s Day theme, and almost indescribably more than we can imagine. The breakfast event will be seated, and you are going to need that seat as Mary takes the stage and invites us into her world like never before. Don’t let her brave and beautiful face beaming with a smile to light up any room fool you, brace yourself for this woman to take you to a place that will change your life forever. The incredibly inspiring and deeply motivation young woman is a star in her own right and we are blessed to have her join us for IWD 2019.
Mary is a survivor of intimate partner domestic violence that lead to immense body image, mental health, physical health and self esteem issues. However, as this astonishing woman will enlighten you, this experience taught her about her true and uncovered abilities, strength and power as a woman, and allowed her to grow stronger and thrive, despite her experiences of abuse. Mary is a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, Instagram social media influencer and Social Worker who is passionate about all aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health, currently working with people helping strengthen the bond and attachment between mothers and their young children.
Mary will be opening up for the first time about her history and giving us an insight about her experiences growing up with body image issues from the age of 7, being bullied and excluded throughout her childhood and teens due to be raised in poverty in a single parent household, and family violence/overcoming anxiety/depression, giving our recipients of the funds raised the inspiration and opportunities to last them a lifetime!
Our everyday women constantly inspire us, and Bec is that and so much more. Behind every wonderful woman, is a meaningful story and for the most of it, never sees the light of day outside the personal circles we create for ourselves. Bec is the perfect example of the daily, common and often unspoken struggles and hurdles we face as women and those that define us and influence the trajectory of our entire life.
After being told she may never have children due to severe endometriosis, Bec never gave up, no matter how much they told her she couldn’t bear children. She underwent surgeries and years of fertility treatment to defy the odds assigned to her. The stories of her determination and the rawness of her experiences will have your heart racing, with the first time Bec is opening up about this topic and the unbelievable accounts of miscarriages and the journey of becoming a mother.
As if defeating the odds and doing what she was told she couldn’t wasn’t enough, she has now captured the hearts and faces of Geelong by empowering women to put their best self forward through self worth and their skin, running a successful business, supporting the local community and doing it all whilst being a superstar stay at home mum and wife. This softly spoken, unmistakably caring and nurturing woman will have you on the edge of your seat ready to take the plunge for a heart filled hug the second she pauses her voice.
Grab your tickets and we look forward to seeing you there!
Please note, men are MOST welcome at this event. We love seeing our wonderful men supporting women on International Women's Day and we encourage you to come along.