In the heart of Kenya, a spirited and accomplished karate athlete, Joyce Juma, embarked on a transformative leadership journey through the Commonwealth Sport Women’s Leadership Program. Not only did Joyce bring her prowess as a karate athlete to the table, but she also added a unique dimension by running ‘Girl Power’ sessions for fellow athletes within Kenya. This dual role positioned her as a trailblazer, embodying the values of empowerment and inclusivity.
Throughout Joyce’s journey, Sports Gold Coast played a role in providing support and opportunities for her development. Sports Gold Coast facilitated meaningful connections and discussions during Joyce’s visit, introducing her to key figures in the Australian sports community. Eximm Sports’ Talent Manager Bella Freeman, the Suns AFLW Head of Womens Football Fiona Sessarago, Gold Coast United women’s footballer Momo Hayashi, Jo Barrett from the Titans NRLW training squad, Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM, Akaisha Porter from Gold Coast Recreation and Sports, Jo Bergamin, and many more welcomed Joyce, creating a platform for rich discussions and idea exchanges.
As a token of gratitude, Sports Gold Coast extends heartfelt thanks to Joyce for becoming an invaluable member of the team. Her journey stands as an absolute inspiration, and the Sports Gold Coast community eagerly awaits her return. Joyce, you are a true embodiment of empowerment, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.