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Join Gippy Girls Can this week
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September 11, 2022

Gippy Girls Can, the local version on the popular This Girl Can physical activity campaign, is on now.

Gippy Girls Can offers free activities to encourage women and girls to be physically active at inclusive, welcoming events that cater to all skill levels and abilities.

East Gippsland Shire Council is partnering with GippSport and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, who are contributing funding and staffing support to deliver the activities.

Held from Monday 12 September to Sunday 18 September, Gippy Girls Can activities will be free, fun, non-judgemental and suited to women and girls who want to get active again or try something new.

This year, activities include stand-up paddle boarding in Lakes Entrance, movement classes, gym and swimming pool access, beach yoga in Mallacoota, walking trails, and a skate clinic in Omeo.

Some activities have limited numbers, so book now to secure your spot. A full list of activities is available at

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said it was great to see Gippy Girls Can is a great way to meet new people and learn new ways to get active.

“Gippy Girls Can and This Girl Can helps show women and girls there are plenty of ways to be active. It could be trying something new, or maybe getting back into an activity you used to enjoy,” Cr Reeves said.

“The initiative is working. VicHealth says the 2021 This Girl Can campaign inspired almost 340,000 women to get active. I’d like to thank the organisations who are supporting hosting events this year.”

This Girl Can began after research showed that a big reason Victorian women don’t try new activities or get involved in sport is a fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start. Twice as many women than men put off getting active because they’re worried about what other people think.

Council received funding through the VicHealth Local Government Partnership Project to deliver a local This Girl Can Week campaign.


This year’s activities are:

Monday 12 September

Mitchell River Walk, beginning at Howitt Park Car Park, Bairnsdale

Session 1: 10.00am – 11.30am

Session 2: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Tuesday 13 September

Light movement class, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 10.30 – 11.30am

Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 8.00 – 11.00am

Wednesday 14 September

Beach yoga, Bastion Beach Mallacoota, 12.00 – 1.00pm. Facilitated by Reclink.

Gym introduction, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 8.00 – 9.00pm

Thursday 15 September

Stand-up paddle boarding, Lakes Entrance

Session 1: 12.30pm – 1.15pm

Session 2: 1.45pm – 2.30pm

Eight spots available per time slot, registrations essential. Book for Stand Up Paddleboarding

Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 4.00 – 7.00pm

Friday 16 September

Ah Fong Loop Walk, Omeo.  Beginning at Ah Fong Loop picnic area, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Saturday 17 September

Omeo Skate Clinic, Omeo Pump and Skills Track, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 18 September

Gym and pool drop in, Lakes Entrance Aquadome, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Gym introduction, Bairnsdale Aquatic Recreation Centre, 5.00 – 6.00pm

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