Female athletes may not always completely understand all there is to know about the different factors to consider for sport and exercise. The female body is unique, and while training for females is not drastically different to that which is designed for male athletes, there are some factors and adjustments that can assist female athletes in their performance and health.
Canberra local, AG World Champion Triathlete, and SportsCare and Physiotherapy client, Angharad Llewellyn, is leading an information session for female athletes with SportsCare Physiotherapist Georgia Clayden. After noticing a lack of public information available for girls and women training, Angharad and Georgia are excited to invite other female athletes to join them and learn more about how to get the most out of their bodies. The session will provide helpful information for female athletes to better manage their nutritional needs, physiotherapy, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning while training.
“I want to provide young female athletes with the knowledge that I wish I had at the same age. We lose many talented athletes in their younger years, often due to injuries or being burnt out. Not all senior athletes have come from a high-performance pathway and I want to give all athletes the opportunity to be better and increase their longevity in their sport.” – Angharad Llewellyn
Georgia and Advanced Sports Dietician Alicia Edge will be presenting on the day, followed by a Q&A panel discussion with Georgia (netball and AFL), Angharad (triathlon) and other local elite athletes Gracie Elvin (cycling), and Keely Small (athletics).
This session is targeted at female athletes aged 14-23 years but older athletes, parents, guardians, and coaches are welcome to attend.
Date: Saturday 24 July 2021
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: SportsCare and Physiotherapy Woolley Street (Dickson)
Cost: $20 per ticket
About the Presenters
Georgia Clayden is a qualified Physiotherapist who has worked in clinical practice for over 3 years. She has had significant experience in high performance sports as both an athlete and Physiotherapist, working with rugby union, volleyball, netball, AFL and other sporting teams over her career.
Georgia is interested in youth and adolescent injuries and is passionate about helping girls and women understand their bodies and how to get the most of out of their training.
Georgia also developed and delivers the “Move like a Girl” strength class at SportsCare Dickson’s Woolley St clinic to provide a safe space for young girls to practise resistance training and being in a gym environment. She is currently working towards implementing a program for local schools and community sporting clubs to empower young girls and women to regularly exercise to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Georgia has significant achievements as an athlete as well, including:
- Represented the ACT in AFL, cross country running, netball and volleyball.
- Represented Australia in junior netball and volleyball competitions in New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- ACTAS Scholarship recipient for netball over approximately10 years.
- Recently transitioning to AFL and has been playing at a high level in Canberra.
Alicia Edge is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and co-founder of the performance nutrition tech solution, Compeat Nutrition. Since graduating in 2008 , she has been working with athletes from a range of disciplines to improve their nutrition and performance in private practice and with national sporting organisations such as the AIS, and as a private consultant. When she isn’t wrangling her 3 young kids and working with athletes of all levels, she is on one extreme learning curve in all things business, tech, leadership and always aiming for progress in the Dietetic Profession. Alicia will be presenting via Zoom from her home in Newscastle.
About the Panellists
Angharad played a variety of sports as a kid and teenager but got involved in triathlon at age 22. She raced at three age group world championships, claiming silver in 2018 and crowned World Champion in 2019. Angharad took her professional licence at the end of 2019 and started racing elite continental cups in 2020. Outside of sport, she has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science and is currently working in client-side project management.
Gracie was a professional cyclist for over 12 years, competing mostly in road cycling but also spending a few early years in her career in cross-country mountain biking. She represented Australia in 8 different World Championships, at the 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Gracie also studied part time at the University of Canberra throughout her career and has almost completed her Bachelor of Applied Science, where she is majoring in Human Nutrition and Physiology. She has a passion for holistic athlete management and was able to apply her experience and education to her own training throughout her career. Now she has retired, Gracie wants to help female athletes in all aspects of performance and health.
Keely is an Australian 800m and 1500m runner who has represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is a Youth Olympic Games gold medallist. Keely is based in Canberra studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canberra while working part-time.