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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corruption at the top of FIFA, ball-tampering in international cricket, banned substance use in the AFL - all potentially come to mind when thinking about how it looks when integrity is lost in elite sport.
The inaugural PMSO on Wednesday evening brought together corporate and philanthropic Australia with politicians and policymakers to raise funds to shape the direction of investment in grassroots sport.
The Australian Sports Foundation was created by the federal government in 1986 and has since helped more than 1600 athletes, organisations and sporting clubs, from the grassroots level through to the elite, raise more than $350 million to fund their sporting projects and needs.
DR CAMPBELL A. ROSE AM, FOUNDER & CHAIR, PRIME MINISTERS’ SPORTING ORATION
On Wednesday November 21st, the Prime Ministers' Sporting Oration (PMSO) was launched in style, highlighted by a stirring speech by the Hon Julia Gillard AC, our 27th and first female Prime Minister. Ms Gillard’s speech was fittingly met with a standing ovation, and we extend our gracious thanks to her for rising to the occasion with aplomb.
Listen to ABC Radio talk to Dr Campbell A. Rose, Founder and Chair Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration talk about the opportunity to make the case for change and reinvest into grassroots sport for the benefit of the Australian community.
Listen to SEN’s Gerard Whateley talk to Dr Campbell A. Rose, Founder and Chair of the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration talk about the role of sport in our community and the barriers to greater participation, in particular the need to improve equality of our sporting facilities.
Listen to David Morrow and Tiffany Cherry from Macquarie Sports Radio chat to Patrick Walker, CEO Australian sports Foundation. They discuss the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration, its key causes, and the inaugural orator, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard.
Listen to Radio 4TAB’s John McCoy & Paul Sawtell chat to Mark Stockwell, Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation, about the role and value of the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration in raising the profile of investment in grassroots sport.
Listen to ABC Grandstand’s Niav Owens speak with Patrick Walker, CEO Australian Sports Foundation. They discus the role of the Australian Sports Foundation, the need for funding for Australian sport, and the key causes of the approaching Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration.
From 20 - 27 October 2018, Australians were privileged to play host to the Invictus Games, and my congratulations go to Games CEO Patrick Kidd and his team for putting on such a wonderful event. Those who were lucky enough to attend the Games, or to watch the fantastic ABC coverage, were left in no doubt as to the power of sport to heal, inspire, rehabilitate and nurture our wounded, sick or injured veterans.