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Tasmanian community sports clubs shine in national awards

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is thrilled to announce five community sports clubs from Tasmania have been recognised in the national Good Sports Awards for their commitment to building stronger, healthier and more family friendly club environments.
OHA Hockey Club has been crowned Tasmanian Good Sports Club of the Year, whilst South Launceston Cricket Club and Weily Park Rockers Cricket Club are runners-up for the award.
Kingston Blues Netball Club has been named Healthy Minds Club of the Year and Grassy Football Club has been announced as the finalist for Rookie Club of the Year.
“Good Sports is working with more than 9,000 sports clubs across Australia to build healthier and stronger communities by preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug-related harm,” said Federal Sports Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie.
More nominations were received for this year’s Good Sports Awards than ever before, with twice as many entries as 2017.
“The Good Sports Awards recognise outstanding local sports clubs, as well as the passionate people within these clubs, that are dedicated to fostering a healthy and inclusive culture for their members and guests,” Senator McKenzie added.
Tasmanian Good Sports Club of the Year, OHA Hockey Club, has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, implementing policies around alcohol, safe transport and tobacco.
The club has also gone above and beyond the Good Sports Healthy Minds program, building a club environment where there are inclusive conversations around mental health and strong, positive support networks. OHA Hockey Club receives $1000 for its achievements.
“Our members are feeling more together than ever, from our junior coaches to senior players. They feel connected to the new norm that is being more in tune with our mental health and it being as important as our physical state,” said Club President David McCambridge.
Kingston Blues Netball Club has been named Healthy Minds Club of the Year for inspiring positive change through the promotion of mental health awareness to strengthen their club community. The club also receives $1,000.
“Kingston Blues is proud of the measures we have implemented to raise awareness of mental health issues and to provide a supportive and safe environment. We are gratified to see these measures result in players persist in playing netball where they otherwise might have stopped,” said Club Secretary Tania Mayne.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the Good Sports program, praised Tasmania’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists, calling them community champions.
“The Good Sports Awards winners and finalists are true local leaders. They should feel incredibly proud of their efforts in building stronger and more connected communities,” Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said.
In Tasmania, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government, and the Tasmanian State Government recently committed $870,000 over two years into the program. Good Sports Healthy Minds is delivered in partnership with SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, which is auspiced by Relationships Australia (Tasmania).
There are more than 350 Good Sports clubs across the state.
“Community sporting clubs are becoming healthier and more family-friendly through Good Sports. We invite more clubs to join the program, so they too can benefit,” Dr Lalor said.
“We know running a community sporting club is hard work. That’s why the Good Sports team is committed to guiding clubs through the Good Sports program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement,” Dr Lalor added.
For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on @goodsportsclubs and www.Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs.

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