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6 November, 2020

By George, its time to soar

Cairns girl Cayla George wears many hats – Olympian, Melbourne Boomers centre and business owner but get her talking about her role mentoring the next generation and it becomes clear, it’s a calling.

By Nicole Gibson

Speaking from the WNBL’s Brisbane quarantine hub where she is staying with teammates, George said one of the things she is most excited about when the season kicks off in North Queensland next week is the impact it will have on young girls.

“Cairns and Mackay don’t have WNBL teams so it’s really great for the region to get all that talent coming in and for these young girls who potentially aspire to be in the WNBL one day to see,” George said.

George, who runs development programs for aspiring female athletes said it’s important young girls know that achieving great success is attainable for them if they work hard.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” said George. “Every player in every team is a role model.”

A key focus for George through her development programs is to build confidence in the next generation and help them realise they are not alone in what they are experiencing.

“Sometimes these kids think that as a professional we can’t relate,” George said. “Then they realise you’ve been a pro for 14 years and sometimes you lack confidence,” she said.

George believes the lack of confidence in young females is a real issue in society and wants to share her experiences with them.

“Do you want to know some of my hard times, some of my low times and what I did to bounce back from those low times,” George said.

“Sometimes when I don’t feel confident, how do I bounce back.”

 “When I was young I would have loved to have had an Opal engaging in conversations with me to help me through some really tough times in life, on or off the court,” George said

While George has plans to release more live programs in the future, local girls feeling inspired by the region’s WNBL action can access the 12-week online program she ran earlier this year for just $12.

The program, available via, features leading Australian female athletes and offers everything from cooking with Cayla to advice on taking care of your mind, health and


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