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What is #itsmymove?
It’s well-known that teenage girls face a range of barriers to participation in sport and active recreation in New Zealand. National research highlights a strong decline in physical activity for this demographic. Participation by young women drops by 29% from age 15 and the average number of hours they spend informally participating in activity is significantly lower than for young men.

We know that physical activity is incredibly important to both physical and mental health so how do we help our nation’s young women find their feet and feel confident moving their way? 

As they get older, young women cut back on a variety of activities, not just physical activity. Obtaining NCEA qualifications places greater demands on time and contributes to increased mental and emotional strain. Girls aged 15 to 17 years are also often thinking about part-time jobs as well. It’s no wonder that participation in organised sport and recreation activities becomes difficult. In fact by age 17, walking, running and fitness classes are the top three activities for this age and stage, all things they can take control of and do in their own time. 

It also won’t surprise you that fun and friendship are two of the main motivators for young women to continue participating in physical activity. However girls tell us participation for fun is not universally endorsed by adults in their lives. They feel the pressure to participate seriously and compete to achieve outcomes. So how can you as a parent or caregiver support your daughter to make her own life choices, and move her way? Here’s how: 

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Who’s on Board? 

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Wendy Petrie

News anchor and broadcaster Wendy Petrie lives in an active household. With a husband who works for Les Mills and three sporty children it’s hard to imagine that building a passion for physical activity was ever a concern.  However, in parenting teenage girls, she’s become all too aware of how physical activity environments can both encourage and discourage young women.

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Irene Van Dyk

Irene van Dyk is a Participation Manager at Netball NZ.  She played international netball from 1994-2014, representing South Africa (72 Test Caps) and New Zealand (145 Test Caps).  As a parent herself, Irene says it’s incredibly important for parents and caregivers to be their children’s role models. Irene is passionate about our young women and would love for all of them to be happy within themselves, active and accepting of everyone around them.

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April Ieremia

April Ieremia has enjoyed an expansive career which has taken her around the world.  The former Silver Fern began as a P.E teacher in Christchurch, was a TV Sports Presenter, became a netball coach, is currently with Marvels Netball and is the Sports Manager at Westlake Girls High School.  She is the mother of two rowers, 19-year-old Atlanta and 17-year-old Xanda. April appreciates the buzz active recreation and sport brings and is keen for everyone to experience the fun with friends.

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