Year 9 students from six Geelong high schools competed in the third annual White Ribbon Cup on Friday 9 October.
Nearly 100 students participated in the interschool netball competition to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day.
Mel Taylor, Netball Victoria’s Regional Development Manager – West said the focus of the round robin netball tournament was to promote positive, healthy relationships.
“It’s great that Netball Victoria can be involved in an issue that has such a big impact on the community,” said Taylor.
“This event is about involving young people in discussions about healthy relationships, respect and letting them know where to get help if they or a friend are experiencing threatening or violent behaviour.”
According to data from VicHealth, intimate partner violence is the most common cause of death and disability for Victorian women aged 15-44.
White Ribbon ambassador and coordinator of the Barwon South West Homelessness Network Andrew Edgar spoke to the students about his role and the importance of the campaign to stop violence against women.
Paul Zappa, Director at NIRODAH and founder of Netball Australia’s Expect Respect program also spoke to the students about power and relationships.