Steinepreis set to inspire school kids across the country

Yale Steinepreis

Kayaker Yale Steinepreis is one of twelve high performance athletes taking their learnings from the field of play to the classroom, after being appointed as ambassadors for The Good Village Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Problem Solvers Program.

Over the next eight months, the AIS athlete ambassadors will visit primary schools across the country to help students deliver a project focused on health and wellbeing.

Designed in partnership with Nestle, the free program aims to teach students about what it takes to create a healthy, supportive and sustainable village of people while unpacking a challenge within Australian sport. 

Steinepreis said she was motivated to get involved in the program to give back to the communities that support her sporting career.

“I wanted to be a part of The Good Village program for multiple reasons,” Steinepreis said. “Not only because I saw it as an opportunity to engage with the wider community, but I also found it to be an exceptional way to give back to the society that supports me in my own pursuits.

“The program itself is unique in its ability to recognise the creativity and vision of children and find ways to engage them to help in solving real life problems, in theory equipping our very own future decision makers with the tools early in life, which I wanted to be a part of.”

Schools can apply to have an AIS Athlete ambassador deliver two virtual or in-person sessions that  weave in lessons in science, humanities, arts and economics while also exposing students to a range of different sports.  

The AIS athlete ambassadors are available to schools nationwide, including in regional areas.

Schools interested in applying can do so here: The Good Village AIS Problem Solvers Program |  Australian Institute of Sport 

2023 ambassadors: Amy Sligar (Netball), Caitlin Bettenay (Beach Volleyball) Cameron Girdlestone  (Rowing), Edwina Bone (Hockey), Jake Bensted (Judo), Liam Twomey (Triathlon), Olivia O’Rourke  (Diving), Penny Squibb (Hockey), Sarah Hawe (Rowing), Shae Graham (Wheelchair Rugby), Stacy  Hymer (Taekwondo) and Yale Steinepreis (Paddle). 

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