Sport for Women

Fearless female stars conquer SkyPoint Climb for breast cancer research

Million dollar views and crystal blue skies created the perfect backdrop today at SkyPoint Climb where some of the nation’s leading sportswomen put their fear of heights aside on International Women’s Day as they climbed their way to the top of the iconic Q1 building on the Gold Coast to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

Dual Olympian sprint kayaker Lyndsie Fogarty, Logan Thunder’s Holly Smith, Katie Jo Harris and WNBA import Laurie Koehn, and Brisbane Roar’s Jo Burgess, Erika Elze and Ashley Spina escalated to a sky high 270 metres above the ground up Australia's highest external building walk to reach a state of elation that was truly an unforgettable experience for all of the stars.

The event was designed to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research whilst cross promoting women in sport who compete at an elite level. “To host the event on International Women’s Day was a perfect opportunity to cover all aspects of what we aim to represent,” said Dennis Boca, Director of Sports Management Group (SMG), co-ordinator of the event.

Over $2000 was raised collectively by the group with all funds raised being donated to NBCF, Australia’s leading community-funded organisation raising money for research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Although not participating in the climb, Logan Thunder players Kristen Veal, Natalie Taylor and former New Zealand international Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe attended the event to show their support for the team.

Logan Thunder captain Kristen Veal, said she was thrilled to support the worthy cause.

“Breast cancer is still a big threat to women and it is important that we find a way to reduce its impact,” she said.

All participants coming on board as NBCF ambassadors will represent the organisation at future ‘pink events’ and fundraisers.

Now that the open air adventure is over, the girls who admitted to feeling a little nervous before taking on SkyPoint Climb have let out a sigh of relief with a great big smile knowing they have conquered some of their fears today and have landed both feet again on solid ground.

Brisbane Roar striker Joanne Burgess said it was an unforgettable experience.

“To be that high off the ground in a wide open space is enough to keep me feeling high all day – it was definitely a day to remember,” she said after the descent.