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AFLW duo show off their skills in Kalgoorlie

Dana Hooker demonstrates her handball technique to students

West Coast Eagles AFLW recruits Dana Hooker and McKenzie Dowrick ventured to Kalgoorlie to deliver the club’s award-winning community programs earlier this week.

The AFLW duo set out to educate the community about the club’s Next Generation Academy alongside Female Academy coordinator Jan Cooper and schools and community officer Zac Fitzgerald.

Students at Eastern Goldfields College, Goldfield Baptist College, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, John Paul College and CAPS Coolgardie were offered an insight into the triumphs and challenges of pursing a professional sporting career.

The sessions started off in the classroom, where Hooker and Dowrick spoke to the students about their journey to AFLW.

They also discussed the trials they faced and how they worked around them to achieve their goals.

Afterwards the club coordinated a Naitanui Academy and Female Academy training session for more than 100 people, which focused on fundamental skills and game play drills.

Kalgoorlie product Dowrick said she was thrilled to visit her hometown.

“It was awesome to give back to the place where I’m from,” Dowrick told The Kalgoorlie Miner.

It’s the first time I’ve come here in two years.”

In addition to the football clinics, the club also ran a coaching seminar for 14 local teachers, which focused on skill execution and basic game strategy.

Fitzgerald said the club enjoyed connecting with regional communities through its game development programs.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to get back out into the community, trying to align with some of the education goals, within our school’s program,” he said.