Last updated: 23 Jul, 2018

Women in Geelong will be inspired to get active thanks to the powerful new campaign This Girl Can– Victoria recently launched by health promotion foundation VicHealth.

The campaign is a local version of the world-renowned campaign by Sport England which inspired an incredible 3.9 million English women to ditch the couch and get active.

This Girl Can – Victoria aims to build upon this success and empower women across the state to get active and overcome feelings of judgement, fear and embarrassment which are stopping them from getting active.

The ad features everyday Victorian women – no airbrushed Instagram models – overcoming their fears and giving it a go, curves, jiggles, wrinkles and all. The women, from all across the state, get their sweat on in a range of activities from boxing, cycling and roller-derby to netball and Aussie rules.

Christine Couzens MP encouraged local women to become part of the This Girl Can – Victoria community.  She will be joined at the Geelong event by some local touch football players who are supporting the campaign. 

“This Girl Can – Victoria shows everyday women getting out there and having a go. That’s what this campaign is all about - getting Victorian women up and moving,” Christine Couzens said.

“This campaign is about empowering women to smash outdated stereotypes about what they can or can’t do in the gym, on the sporting field and in our neighbourhoods.

“We want to support all women in Geelong to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter their age or ability. This Girl Can – Victoria is about women supporting other women to get active and do their thing. Women in Geelong can get involved too at thisgirlcan.com.au,” Christine Couzens said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the fear of judgment stops too many women from being physically active. 

“We’re hoping that our This Girl Can - Victoria campaign will help more Geelong women to get physically active in their day-to-day life,” Ms Rechter said.

“The women featured in This Girl Can – Victoria are everyday women who’ve found the confidence to get out there and get active. They’re doing it because they love it, and because they can.

“This campaign isn’t about making women feel bad about not doing enough exercise. It’s about celebrating what they can do, even if that’s just a walk around the block or a few laps of the pool.”

Watch This Girl Can – Victoria

Local women are encouraged to join the This Girl Can - Victoria movement by heading to thisgirlcan.com.au and join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow #ThisGirlCanVIC.

This Girl Can – Victoria is the local implementation of the original ‘This Girl Can’ campaign in England, which is owned and operated by the English Sports Council (Sport England). Sport England used National Lottery funding to create the This Girl Can campaign in 2015.

Media Contact: Christine Couzens  0409 432 908   E: Christine.couzens@parliament.vic.gov.au

VicHealth spokespeople are available for comment. To arrange contact VicHealth Senior Media Advisor Rachel Murphy on 0435 761 732 or email rmurphy@vichealth.vic.gov.au