NSW Office of Sport deliver Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program
28 September 2019
Central Western Daily report on first Daughters and Dads program in Orange NSW:
Throughout August and September dads in Orange have been meeting up to teach their daughters to kick, strike, catch, bounce and throw like a girl.
The 35 dads took part in a University of Newcastle developed program designed to empower girls through sport and encourage one-on-one time with dads and daughters.
Each week the dads and daughters met to sharpen their physical skills and pick up a few social-emotional strategies along the way.
Darren Barrett said the program served as a reminder to prioritise his daughter Mikaylee, as well as his sons Callam and Toby Barrett.
"I run a small business and work demands a lot of time. I think that's the same with a lot of guys, especially with the drought, everyone has had to put in the extra hours to stay afloat," he said.
"A lot of my time is in the workshop instead of at home. It's been good that I've had to make an effort to get away to do stuff with Mikaylee."
"We try not to stereotype our daughter we didn't dress her in pink or get her doing girly things"