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Whitten Project attracts Local Students




 Whitten Project Attracts Local Students



Last week saw the launch of this year’s Western Bulldogs Football Club’s Whitten Project, with 16 teenagers from the Glenelg Shire selected to take on the challenge. The program was first launched in the Glenelg Shire last year, with 16 young people from Bayview College, Portland Secondary College, Heywood and District Secondary College and Monivae College embarking on a five-month challenge of team-building workshops, Melbourne-based camps, as well as team and individually-based challenges.

The program was deemed to be a complete success last year, and now the fun will begin again, but for a different group of leaders. The program aims to develop and encourage young leaders to build upon their current skills, with all of the selected participants already demonstrating impressive leadership abilities and attributes. Whitten Project manager Mark De Campo launched the project at the Portland Council Chambers on Thursday evening, along with Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Robert Halliday. Mr De Campo said last year had proved to be a fantastic experience for the participants, and he expected this year to be the "once in a lifetime opportunity" for the new group. "We had over 60 nominations for this year’s project in the Glenelg Shire, which is double what we had last year," Mr De Campo told representatives from local council as well as family members of the participants.


Cr Halliday also spoke at the event and urged the group to make the most of this opportunity. "You have been selected for your potential and leadership qualities, and we hope you can now build upon those skills and integrate them into your life and the community," Cr Halliday said. Over the year, the group of 15 and 16 year-olds will have the opportunity to workshop with Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield, as well as Western Bulldogs Football Club athletes and sportsmen. They will also undertake an AFL Victoria coaching course, as well as a Netball Victoria coaching course. However, first up they group will head to Melbourne this weekend for the first of two Melbourne camps. Participants from last year’s program will also serve as mentors this year.


This year’s Whitten Project participants are Paige Clayton, Kya Duro, Samantha Dobbe, Sharlie Trigg, Sidney Kerr, Taylor Murrell, Riley Cook, Rosie Etherton, Caitlyn Sims, Gemma French, Maluda Peart, Rhaedel Picket, Maddison McNabb, Marni Hamilton, Gordon Slade and Chloe Leighton.



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