MDSARC Inc Awards Dinner celebrates International Women's Day 2014

Each year, International Women's Day (8th March) celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women everywhere.    The Queensland Government theme for the 2014 celebrations is ‘Opportunity is knocking’.

With Maleny's MDSRC Awards Dinner also in March (29th) there could be no better time to underline the celebrations and its theme than to welcome this year's guest speaker, Michelle Lember.

An inspiration already to friends, family and colleagues, Michelle has taken her opportunities at every junction in the many areas of her busy life.     Balancing career and family life with her sporting life, Michelle sets goals and sets off, seemingly, at the trot.

She has represented Qld in indoor netball in open and over 30's divisions since 2007, earning Australian selection during that time.     She currently captains the Over 30's Ladies Team, reigning national champions since 2005.

She also coaches club soccer, and participates in Crossfit and triathlon as an amateur.     Career-wise, Michelle is a partner in the hinterland law practice, Lember And Williams, is a board member of Abbey Musuem and Commerce Caboolture, and has won several business awards, including BPW Caboolture Young Career Woman 2010-13 and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2012.

Dinner guests will be in for another treat when Maleny's soccer star, Afrikah McGladrigan, joins Michelle on stage.    At Only 16, Affy, affectionately known as  “the pocket rocket”, will talk of her own adventures as she pursues her sporting dreams.

Now with the Matilda’s Under 17’s National Team, Affy started playing soccer at the age of 10 at the Maleny Rangers Footbal Club, not knowing anything at all about the game!

She is now a full time member of the Qld under 17’s team and trains at the Queensland Academy of Sport.     2013 saw her selected in the Matilda’s under 17’s National team.

So make sure you have your club table booked and be inspired this year when MC Simon Denver introduces Michelle and Affy at the MDSRC Awards Dinner on Saturday 29th March.