GC2018 set diversity and inclusion benchmark
It’s Game On for positive sport behaviour
It is 12 months since the successful Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were conducted, and the Games proved to be a triumph for equality and inclusion.
In a benchmark for gender quality, there were an equal number of women’s and men’s medal events on offer – a first for a major international sports event. It has set the standard for other international sports events to follow.
Active participation can offset health problems
Decision-making in sport can often be the difference between winning and losing. Decision-making in life often revolves around making either honest or dishonest choices.
However, in recent years, the pressures of winning have led to dishonest decisions as witnessed with the high-profile Essendon drug case, and the Australian Cricket sandpaper controversy.
Women’s sport grows but more to do
Did you know an average child in 2015 would finish 250m behind the average child from the 1980’s over a 1.6km run? That’s almost half a lap of an Olympic size running track - quite a staggering, unpalatable statistic.
This is just one of many statistics to emerge from a range of studies which found Australians are becoming fatter and unhealthier. Currently, some 10 million Australians lead sedentary or low-exercise lifestyles.
PMSO funded sports grants now open
The growth in women’s sport, and the increased media coverage it has attracted, has been one of Australia’s sports success stories in recent years.
We have just completed a second reason in the AFLW competition, the Australian women’s cricket team won the World T20 competition in the West Indies late last year, and the Matildas football team are preparing for the World Cup in France where they are rated one of the best in the world.
Applications for grants up to $10,000 are now available following funds raised at the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration in Melbourne last November.
Monies raised through the event will be distributed by the Australian Sports Foundation through its Giving4Grassroots™ Sport4Everyone grant program.
Philanthropist Alberti donated millions to sport in hope others will follow
BRIAN ROE, THE EXAMINER
This column was always going to be about what sounds like a great initiative, the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration, but trying to find out that which was orated for a long while seemed nigh on impossible.
Time to speed up the slower generation
SAM DUNCAN, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
The 2018 Victorian of the Year and philanthropist Susan Alberti made a significant donation to the Australian Sports Foundation at the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday evening.
Off the phones and onto the field
SENATOR BRIDGET McKENZIE, COLUMN IN THE AUSTRALIAN
As a child growing up in regional Victoria, I watched my dad play AFL and mum playing Netball for the Marysville Mustard Pots. Sport and physical activity became an everyday part of my life. To me there is nothing better than pulling on a jersey, jumping in the pool for a couple of laps or joining my local community Parkrun on a Saturday morning.
Success grows from grassroots
JACKSON HEWETT, THE AUSTRALIAN
A health “time bomb” is looming in Australia as a generation of school kids miss out on creating lifelong habits around physical activity, according to Patrick Walker, chief executive of the Australian Sports Foundation.
SAM DUNCAN, THE AUSTRALIAN
Simple steps can break down barriers to participation.
When 13-year-old Daniela Di Toro lay in a hospital bed after a wall fell on her at a school sports carnival, leaving her paralysed from the waist down, sport was the one thing that gave her a sense of control and encouraged her to dream about possibilities again.