Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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29 Jul 2008 - Aussie kids walk to Beijing to get fit
Olympic fever has hit the nation with more than 100,000 kids throughout Australia starting to jump, run, hop and skip all the way to Beijing.PDF printable version of Aussie kids walk to Beijing to get fit (PDF 18 KB)
To celebrate the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Paralympics, kids from the Australian Sports Commission's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program have donned pedometers and will record their jumps, skips, hops and steps during a theoretical 'journey' to Beijing, China.
The Minister for Youth and Sport, Kate Ellis, today joined Olympians and Paralympians to launch the Journey to Beijing campaign together with children from schools around Canberra.
Ms Ellis said she was excited to see kids from all around Australia getting into the Olympic spirit.
"It's wonderful how international events like the Olympics and the Paralympics can help motivate kids to get active and to have fun," she said.
"Part of the Olympic spirit is about getting people together and participating in sports and recreational activities, and that's what the AASC program has done for thousands of kids around Australia."
More than 100,000 kids from more than 2,000 schools and out of school hour care services throughout the country are taking part in the campaign.
Judy Flanagan, Director of Community Sport for the Australian Sports Commission, believes the Journey to Beijing campaign will greatly add to the value of the already hugely successful after-school activities provided by the AASC program.
"The Olympic and Paralympic Games inspire kids of all backgrounds. This gets kids watching, thinking and talking about sport and motivates them to get out there and be active," Ms Flanagan said.
The AASC program is an Australian Government initiative run by the Australian Sports Commission. The program is free for primary school children and encourages them to become more physically active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about the AASC program, visit www.ausport.gov.au/aasc.