School ‘buzzing with attendees’ for IWD

Alana Clark, left, Nicole Livingstone and Curtis McCoughtry celebrated International Women's Day at Saint Ignatius College. (Ivan Kemp) 393020_06

A Drysdale catholic secondary school has welcomed a star in women’s sports during its International Women’s Day (IWD) events.

Saint Ignatius College Geelong’s IWD event kicked off with student celebrations on March 8, followed by a community evening at the school’s Loyola Centre on March 12.

A school spokesperson said they were glad to have former Olympic swimmer and AFLW chief executive Nicole Livingstone as the community evening’s keynote speaker.

“The Loyola Centre was buzzing with attendees… It was a wonderful night for the college community, and we look forward to next year’s event,” they said.

“Guests enjoyed listening to Nicole’s story of determination, and her constant ability to adapt to and embrace new challenges and roles in her life.”

The spokesperson said the college had experienced considerable growth and success in recent years with its Australian Football League (AFL), AFL Women’s, and swim teams.

Catholic principals and students from fellow schools, members of the college’s advisory board, school alums, community members and Geelong politicians also attended the community event.

Ms Livingstone’s career has seen one silver and two bronze medals from three Olympic appearances, and six gold, two silver, and a bronze from three Commonwealth Games.

She has also won four gold, seven silver and three bronze medals across six Pan Pacific Championships and broke a world record in 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.