The community of Milingimbi will host the Inaugural East Arnhem Shire Council Softball Carnival, which will see the Galiwin'ku Women's Softball Team go head to head with the Milingimbi Women's Softball Team on Saturday June 30.
The Softball Carnival, an activity of the EASC Youth, Sport and Recreation Program, came about due to the lack of sporting activities avaliable for women in communities.
Youth, Sport & Recreation Regional Manager Cherie Forbes said, "We did a survey of the region and identified a lot of sporting activities happening in East Arnhem, however it was clear from the on set that activities often favoured male participation".
"There was a need to establish a sporting program that solely catered for women. This is important not only for participation in physical recreation, but also culturally".
"We worked closely with Softball Australia & Softball NT to hold training sessions, skills clinics and umpiring & officials training in most of our communities. We are also very thankful to Softball Australia & Softball NT for their generous donation of equipment and gear for the teams to use at the Carnival".
"This year we have two teams in the carnival, next year we will have a team from every East Arnhem Community and maybe few invitational teams".
"We are hoping that this first Carnival will bring a big crowd; the winner of the Carnival will go on to represent East Arnhem at the Northern Territory Championships later this year" said Cherie.
See more photos, catch the latest updates from the Carnival and the lead-up on facebook - Inaugural East Arnhem Shire Council Softball Carnival
This program is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government - NRETAS & Australian Government - DRALGAS.