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 Thursday 6 October and Friday 7 October.
State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said sports stars including former Brisbane Broncos players Mick De Vere and Darren Smith, up and coming Australian Olympic swimmers Chris Wright and Melanie Schlanger, and Firebirds stars Chelsea Pittman and Amy Steele will work to get the healthy message through to Yarrabah 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 the kids the opportunity to learn a variety of sports and activities including rugby league, AFL, swimming, volleyball, soccer and netball skills.
“Kids will get to learn from the best in the game while meeting their sporting heroes.”
Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Deadly Sports program helps 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 with more than 3,500 students involved this year alone, 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.
“This is why we continue to provide support for programs, projects and facilities which help people of all ages participate in sport and active recreation.
“Developing sport at the grassroots right up to the elite level heightens our chances of hosting events, and reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.
“The Bligh Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation.
The Yarrabah Deadly Sports program will be held at the PCYC and Yarrabah Aquatic Centre on Back Beach Road on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October.
For further information on other regional programs, visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au.