[singlepic id=277 w=240 h=320 float=left]Some of Queensland’s top sports identities will pass on their tips and skills to Yarrabah children at the Bligh Government’s Deadly Sports Program on Tuesday, 23 November.

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said sporting greats including swimming coach Laurie Lawrence, Australian Netballer Laura Geitz, former North Queensland Cowboys player Rod Jensen, former Australian softball representatives Kelly McKellar and Tanya Harding, and former Australian Indigenous cricketer Barry Weare will work to get the healthy message through to Queensland children.

“The Deadly Sports program will promote healthy and active lifestyles to local children and young people through a series of coaching clinics, training sessions and friendly competition,” Mr Pitt said.

“The clinics will give kids the opportunity to learn a range of rugby league and softball game skills.

“This is a great opportunity for local children and young people to learn from the best in the game while meeting their sporting heroes.”

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Deadly Sports program will help to inspire students from regional Queensland and indigenous communities to get involved in a variety of sports and make physical activity an integral part of their lives.

“Queensland kids are getting onboard with this program as an average of 150 participants attend each session, testifying to its popularity,” Mr Reeves said.

“Sport can be the fabric of many communities and keeps people of all ages involved in healthy and active lifestyles.

“This is great to see as the Bligh Government is committed to encouraging more people to get active.

“Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by reducing obesity levels by one third by 2020.

“The Bligh Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation.

“Because of the strong leadership of the Bligh Government we are able to invest more in sport and recreation than any other state in the country.”

The Yarrabah Deadly Sports program will be held on Tuesday 23 November from 9:30am at the Yarrabah PCYC.

For further information on other regional programs, visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au

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