Sportshorts Vol 7 Issue 2 - December 2006 - NSW Sport and ...

Sportshorts Vol 7 Issue 2 - December 2006 - NSW Sport and ...

Vol 7 Issue 2 – December 2006NSW SPORT AND RECREATIONwomen in sportalso...stamping out sport rageNEW KIT FOR CLUBSgreat outdoorsBEYOND THE CLASSROOMgetting physical for our healthENJOY MORE OF IT

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4 8CONTENTS1012141926FEATURES4 Dragon boats chief wins Minister’s Award5 Federal Government report on women in sport6 Scholarships for women in sport7 Women’s sport management and leadership program8 Dummy spits are for babies9 New kit for sport clubs10 Sports industry forum kicks off12 Great outdoors – beyond the classroom14 Getting physical for our health16 Thanks to water safety champions18 Sydney’s horse heaven19 Dressage champions Glennis Barrey and Classico20 Support for Duke of Edinburgh volunteers22 Ask the coach – Children in sport24 Sports ground management25 Home comforts – sport organisations move to new headquarters26 Dancing with the classroom starsREGULARS27 What’s new28 Spotlight – Katherine Proudfoot30 From around NSW3

Celebrating women’s sportDragon Boats chiefwins Minister’s AwardHardworking, passionate and dedicated. It’s the typical profile of the sport volunteer –and one that Melanie Cantwell fits perfectly.By Shannon DixonOfficials Exam. “I was never the sportytype at school, so when I becameinvolved in the sport of Dragon Boats,little did I know it would change mylife,” says Ms Cantwell.“There have been times when thelong hours, lack of sleep and stressmake you think is it worth it. And theanswer is yes.Melanie Cantwell (right) receives her Award from Minister NoriOver the past 12 years Melaniehas worked tirelessly to build hersport of Dragon Boats.Along the way, she has had someremarkable achievements –staggering membership growth forthe sport, becoming the firstfemale President of Dragon BoatsNSW and establishing DragonsAbreast clubs for breast cancersurvivors, just to name a few.It’s why she is the inauguralwinner of the Minister’s Award forContribution to Women in Sportand Recreation.“This award recognises theachievements of women in sport,” saidMinister for Tourism and Sport andRecreation, Sandra Nori, whopresented Melanie with her Awardin late October.“Melanie’s work with Dragon Boats hasbeen outstanding. Her extraordinaryachievements make her an excellentchoice for the first recipient of thisAward,” said Minister Nori.The current Chief Executive Officerof Dragon Boats NSW, Melaniestarted work with Dragon Boats in1994 and by 2001 had become thefirst female President of DragonBoats NSW.At the time, there were 660 membersin 12 clubs across NSW. There arenow 2000 members in 35 clubsacross NSW, an incredible growth of200 per cent in a few short years.She also introduced a host of policy,training and accreditation initiatives toDragon Boats, including writing theAustralian Dragon Boating FederationOfficials Course.Melanie has been active in officiatingand coaching and was the first femalein Australia to sit for and pass theInternational Dragon Boat Federation“For every five negatives, there isone positive that happens to keepyou going for months, whether it’sa simple thank you of appreciationor an event runs smoothly withoutany complaints.”When reflecting on her proudestachievements, Melanie countsrepresenting Australia for the firsttime in 1999, seeing the Australianteam win bronze at the 2004 WorldChampionships and watching hermum paddle in the Masters Women’sTeam at the 2005 WorldChampionships as most memorable.After helping establish DragonsAbreast, clubs that encourage breastcancer survivors to get involved indragon boating, coaching that teamwas also a highlight.“Coaching my Dragons Abreast teamin Sydney for three years and seeingthem go from unfit women to truelegends and getting to drum for themat the World Championships wasamazing,” says Ms Cantwell.The future looks just as busy forMelanie. In 2007, for the first timeever, Sydney will host the World4

Dragon Boats Championships.“2006 has been a good year – I wentback to paddling for my club, thePacific Dragons, and came away withgreat results at the NationalChampionships. I was also given lifemembership to the Pacific Dragonsand Dragon Boats NSW.“But in the next 12 months I’m backon dry land, with determination to hostthe best National and WorldChampionships ever.“It is heads down – there will behardly time to breathe! But comeOctober I have promised myself aweek on a deserted island with nomobile and no email access!”Federal government reporton women in sportThe status of women’s sport inAustralia was set out in therecently released About Time!Women in Sport and Recreation.The report details the findings of aFederal inquiry into women in sport andrecreation, conducted by the Senate’sEnvironment, Communications,Information Technology and the ArtsReference Committee.The report highlights the benefits towomen and girls of participating insport and recreation, but also drawsattention to the ongoing issues.recommendations include:■ High attrition rates in femaleparticipation■ Dress code policies of sportingorganisations■ Sporting activities focussing moreon participation and enjoyment■ The importance of occasionalchildcare in sport and recreationsettings■ Promoting sportswomen asrole models.Many of the recommendationsspecifically relate to Australian SportsCommission funding and initiatives.Melanie whole-heartedly believeswomen make good sportsadministrators – saying they can jugglemany things at once, are good listeners,compassionate and more flexible.The committee makes 18recommendations which addressthe need for more support forwomen’s sport and recreation inAustralia. The focus of someMore informationFor a copy of the report, visit theAustralian Parliamentary website what’s her key advice to the manywomen in sport and recreation?“Just do it. Don’t ever doubt yourself –have the courage, strength andconfidence to take anything on. Therewards are huge,” says Melanie.Minister’s Award forContribution to Women inSport and RecreationInaugural winnerMelanie Cantwell, Chief ExecutiveDragon Boats NSWHighly CommendedCarolyn Toh,Chief Executive NSW BadmintonNicki Vinnicombe, President BondiDiggers Swimming ClubHow to apply/nominateThe new Award will be presentedtwice a year, with nominations andaward selection overseen by theNSW Sports Federation.Applications for the next awardare now open – and will closeFebruary 28, 2007. for details.

Celebrating women’s sportScholarships forwomen in sportA series of special scholarships has been establishedto boost the careers of talented women in sport. Threescholarship schemes, in surfing, motor sport andyachting, provide support and financial assistanceto women trying to make it in their chosen sport.One of Australia’s most recognisedand successful sportswomen gotbehind the surfing scholarshipannounced in early October.Six-time world champion LayneBeachley personally chose southcoast schoolgirl Sally Fitzgibbon asthe recipient of the $5000 Women’sSurfing Scholarship.A highly regarded up-and-comingtalent, Sally will gain further access toworld class surfing competitions andtraining through the scholarship.“Sally is a potential world championwho, at just 15 years of age, iswowing everyone with her ability,” saysCarolyn Brimfield, Project Officer withNSW Sport and Recreation.“A common obstacle for young surfersis exposure to international levelcompetition. This scholarship will helpSally get that experience.“Amazing for Sally is that Laynewill also mentor her as part of thescholarship,” said Ms Brimfield.A world away from relaxed surfingbeaches is the fast-paced fury ofmotor sport.In another scholarship initiative, ayoung woman in NSW will be giventhe chance to put her ambition for acareer in the motor sport industry intotop gear through the Women’s MotorSport Scholarship.Valued at more than $10,000, thescholarship encompasses a TAFEqualification, work experience andattending a number of V8 racesaround Australia in 2007.“Motor racing is a very maledominated sport,” says Ms Brimfield.“But there are many potentialroles for women in motor sport andthis scholarship aims to enhancethose opportunities. It will focuson the engineering or mechanicalaspects of motor sport,” saysMs Brimfield.Applications have opened for theWomen’s Motor Sport Scholarshipand will close December 22, 2006.And in the third major women’ssport scholarship initiative, earlier thisyear, women were encouraged to takeon the much-needed coaching roleswithin yachting under the YachtingNSW Women’s CoachingDevelopment ScholarshipThe $5000 scheme providedten women with the trainingrequired to coach at a club and/orstate level.Yachting NSW CEO StephenLeahy said the scholarship initiativewill help female sailors. “We have areal need to develop more coaches inour sport in order to provide additionalopportunities for our young sailors,”Mr Leahy said.Sally Fitzgibbon with Layne Beachley6

Women’s Sport Management andLeadership ProgramIt’s been another successful year for NSW Sport and Recreation’s Women’sSport Management and Leadership Program.As part of the Women’s Sport Leaders Scholarship initiative, the four-day programis a personal and professional development training course. It also provides animportant opportunity for the women to develop supportive industry networks.Forty women from sporting organisations across NSW took part in the 2007program, held in Nowra, Tamworth and Dubbo. Some of the participants reflect onwhat they gained.“The way I am able to approachdifferent issues has a more informativeslant than before. I have been able topresent many different types ofcommunication tools to help in theevery day running of our organisation.It was the most enriching andworthwhile experience I have everencountered. It is something that I willkeep with me always.”Connie Dallas, Secretary/Registrar,Jamberoo Junior League“The Program confirmed theimportance of having women involvedin the development and promotion ofphysical activity in the generalcommunity…..and reinforced mybelief in what I was doing. This wasparticularly important as I work inisolation where women’s involvementin sport and physical activity isundervalued and female physicalactivity is perceived by many in thecommunity to be a display of lesserskills and physicality.”Sue Boardman, Physical ActivitiesProject Coordinator, Nimbin“I found the course really informativeand stimulating. The information wewere exposed to is not only useful, butI would even say it has becomeinvaluable to me as I carry out my dayto-dayduties as an AFL DevelopmentManager. It was an honour to besurrounded by many talented womenfrom so many different areas of sport.I feel very privileged to have been apart of this experience.”Sandra Haberley, AFL DevelopmentManager, Sydney South Region“It definitely helped me to be moreeffective in my job by giving me skillsto manage workers, deliver programsand deal with people. On a personalfront, I met an amazing group ofwomen whose friendship andcourage I will always treasure. I’m abetter person through meeting themand spending that wonderful weektogether. It was transformational….”Lee Karasu, Development Officer, AFLNSW/ACT Commission7

Dummy spits arefor babiesBy Shannon DixonYou saw it on the big screen at the major football finals, including the NRL, AFL andA-League. And now you’ll see it on the big screen during the cricket.Want to see Dummy SpitsAre For Babies?Watch it Dummy Spits Are forBabies at your venueGroups interested in using theground announcement at theirvenue should contact Kerry Turnerat NSW Sport and Recreation on(02) 9006 3831 or confronting Dummy SpitsAre For Babies groundannouncement, designed tohighlight the ugly side of sport rage,will be played on the big screens atlive sites around Sydney during theAshes test series.Launched just prior to the footballfinals this year, the announcementfeatures a male spectator onthe sideline of a sporting matchgoing ‘berserk’ at the on-fieldaction. He shouts, yells obscenitiesand even gets violent in his‘dummy spit’.According to many it’s an all toocommon scenario – and one that’snot welcome.“The announcement conveys themessage that sport matches are noplace to get carried away and behavein irrational, immature and potentiallydangerous ways,” says Kerry Turner,Manager of Community Sport forNSW Sport and Recreation.“Sport should be all about enjoyment,fitness and health, especially foryoung children.“Bad sideline behaviour by spectators,parents or coaches is embarrassingand humiliating.“Of most concern though, is that it’sone of the leading reasons children,officials and other volunteers drop outof sport,” Ms Turner said.The ground announcement wasdeveloped as a joint initiativebetween NSW Sport and Recreationand a number of sporting groupsincluding NSW Rugby League,Soccer NSW, AFL (NSW/ACT),NSW Rugby Union, BasketballNSW and the NSW SportsFederation. All, along with manyother sports, have taken a toughstance on sport rage.It seems that the general communitytoo is right behind the announcementand its message.Following the launch by the NSWPremier, Morris Iemma, the DailyTelegraph featured a ‘Vote-line’ question“A campaign has been launched todiscourage bad behaviour by parentsat children’s sporting matches. Doyou approve?” The result was 100 percent yes.Dummy Spits Are for Babies willappear on the big screens at theDarling Harbour, Circular Quay andBondi live sites during the Ashes.NSW Premier MorrisIemma launching theground announcement8

New kitfor sport clubsA handy new kit has been launched to help combatsport rage – and it’s free to clubs across NSW.“They also need to support thisthrough activities that promote clubpolicies, as well as general goodsporting behaviour and fair play.“This might include puttinginformation in their newsletter,displaying banners with fair playmessages at their venue or playingground announcements on game daythat remind people to keep theiremotions in check,” says Ms Turner.The centrepiece of the new kit is theplanning guide which sets out theessential sport rage prevention stepsfor all clubs.Sport rage prevention: a kit forclub committees is designed tohelp club/association committeesput a stop to sport rage.“When it comes to stamping out sportrage many people have a role to play,including players, parents, spectators,coaches, officials and administrators,”says Kerry Turner from NSW Sportand Recreation.“However, much of the responsibilitydoes sit with the club/associationcommittee.“Sport rage ultimately impacts onmember safety and enjoyment, as wellas a club’s reputation – both issues ofgreat importance to club committees.“The ground work needed to ensurea club is prepared for sport ragemust be done by the committee.This includes establishing codesof conduct, disciplinary procedures,incident processes, ground officialsand arranging training for keyclub members.The kit also contains a range ofsupport material including:■■■■■■■■■Education brochures for parents,coaches, players and officialsA range of postersStickers with fair play messagesPre-recorded groundannouncements featuring sportspersonalitiesArtwork for signage banners andwebsite bannersSample articles for clubnewsletters and websitesGood sport certificateSample codes of conductInformation for ground officials.All items in the kit can be ordered inbulk through NSW Sport andRecreation.“The whole kit is designed to be verypractical. It’s full of ideas clubs canpick up and use tomorrow.“We have ensured that where astrategy is suggested, the kit providesa sample.“For instance, in the planning guide,we specify that developing codes ofconduct is an essential step. The kitcontains sample codes of conductclubs can adopt or modify.“Similarly, we encourage clubs to putarticles in their newsletter and/orwebsite. The kit supports this byproviding sample articles on fair playand other topics for clubs to use,”says Ms Turner.Sport rage prevention: a kit forclub committees is FREE andcan be ordered by phoning13 13 02 or

Sports industryforums kick offMore than 70 staff from NSW state sporting organisations attended the first ina series of sports industry forums in late October.By Shannon DixonA Healthy Look at Kids Sportfocussed on the role the sportsindustry plays in developing healthychildren, as well as looking at waysto effectively engage today’s youngpeople – better known asgenerations’ Y and Z.It was the first of four meetingsorganised by NSW Sport andRecreation specifically for thecoaching and development staffof state sporting organisations.The one-day forums provideprofessional development on currentissues, as well as the opportunityfor networking and discussingpotential partnerships.“The response to the forums hasbeen fantastic, with attendanceand feedback exceeding ourexpectations,” says Cathy Gorman-Brown, Senior Project Officer withNSW Sport and Recreation andevent organiser.“Our industry has leapt at the chanceto network, share information andsuccess stories and learn more aboutthe issues influencing junior sport,”says Ms Gorman-Brown.And Cathy Kerr, CEO of SoftballNSW, agrees.“Given the nature of sport, the staffturnover is quite high and manypeople have never met before. Insome cases, they don’t realise thereare people out there, in similar roles,faced with the same challenges.“The forums provide a greatopportunity to network and establishcontacts with the department andother sports,” said Ms Kerr.A Healthy Look at Kids Sportincluded a range of presentationsincluding a healthy sport club canteenpilot, a study on parents’ perceptionsof obesity, Cricket Australia’s juniorsport initiatives, AFL’s Kids Firstprogram, coach education directionsand the new sport rage prevention kit.It also featured two interestingkeynote speakers.Dr Louise Hardy from the NSWCentre for Overweight and Obesitydiscussed the results of the SportPhysical Activity and Nutrition survey(SPANS), highlighting how sportscould help address the issues raisedin the research. One example was thelack of fundamental movement skillsin young girls, particularly throwingskills, and how sports might considerthis when programming and deliveringdevelopment sessions to young girls.Dr Hardy also urged sports to helpaddress obesity through the simplestrategy of encouraging children todrink water during sport, rather thansports drinks.The second keynote speaker,respected social researcher MarkMcCrindle, overviewed thegenerational change from theBoomers and Builders to GenerationsX, Y and Z. He discussed strategiesto assist the sporting industry engagethese emerging generations.Mr McCrindle outlined severalcharacteristics of the newergenerations, including the factthey’re social and their friendshugely influence their decisionmaking– both important factors forsports to consider when programmingand marketing.Overall, the forum was well-receivedand considered useful.Anthony Richards, Staff DevelopmentOfficer for Northern NSW Soccer,said “I really enjoyed the day andcan’t wait for the next one. I foundthe SPANS research and sportrage presentations particularlybeneficial, as both are areasthat have needed addressingfor sometime.”Cathy Kerr said Softball NSWstaff took a lot away from the forumand encouraged others to attend inthe future.“Having some of the bigger, moreprofessional, sports present and talkfreely about their initiatives was great.It gave an insight into where all sportsshould be heading and ways of goingabout it.“I would encourage any sportingadministrator, not just developmentofficers, to attend these informativeforums. It’s an ideal opportunity toexpand your thinking and open up toideas,” said Ms Kerr.Forum two: Passport to Schoolswill be held in March. It will focus onassisting sporting organisations betterunderstand and work with theeducation sector. For moreinformation, contact CathyGorman-Brown on (02) 9006 3700.10

Great outdoorsBy Isabelle BennettNew outdoor education programs at Sport and Recreation Centres offer studentsa learning experience beyond the classroom.Students from Peak Hill Central School touring Peak Hill Open Cut Minealso learn bush dancing and enjoy afancy dress bush dance and party.“Students stay at Lake BurrendongSport and Recreation Centre, wherethe program was designed by ouroutdoor education specialist team, inconsultation with teachers.”Also at Borambola, a three-day campoffers Stage 6 PDHPE high schoolstudents experiential learning inoutdoor recreation, including planning,conservation, navigation, first aid,problem solving and managinggroups. Challenging activities includeabseiling, canoeing, kayaking,orienteering and high ropes.NSW Sport and Recreation hasexpanded its portfolio of schoolcamp programs this year to booststudents’ ability to makejudgements, study effectively,welcome responsibility andimprove their physical fitness,all through experiential learning.“Our camps offer exciting newexperiences and directions to primaryand high school students in a rangeof areas, paying particular attention tocurriculum-linked learning,” said NSWSport and Recreation’s Bill Lyon.“The Lake Burrendong Gold RushAdventure for Years 5 and 6,for example, meets outcomes fromthe Human Society and ItsEnvironment syllabus through theGold! Unit of Work.“Students experience the onceboominggold town at Hill End,including a museum tour and a tripinto a purpose-built historic mine,which they later compare with amodern ‘tourist’ mine at Peak Hill.“During the five-day camp, theyexplore life during the gold rush andits effect on Indigenous people,Chinese immigrants and theenvironment, and they acquiremapping and orienteering skills. TheyThe Study Skills program for highschool students is another newinitiative. Year 10 and 11 studentscan choose a Study Skills workshopas part of school camp activities atBerry, Borambola, Jindabyne,Broken Bay, Lake Burrendong orSydney Academy at Narrabeen.This one-day program was tailored byexperienced teachers in consultationwith a selection of NSW high schoolteachers. The workshops useexperiential learning to help studentsdiscover their own learning styles.They also cover time management,planning and priorities, motivation,goal-setting, study techniques andexam preparation.Personal leadership workshops areoffered to students in Years 8 to 11 inthe Equipped for Life program. Itsthemes are personal leadership andresponsibility, setting goals andpriorities, teamwork, cooperation andeffective communication.Equipped for Life uses indoor gamesand activities, small group learningand discussion and outdoor activities.12

It is a one-day program that can betaken on its own or as part of a longerschool camp at Berry, Borambola,Jindabyne, Broken Bay, LakeBurrendong and Sydney Academy.Senior high school students can alsoenjoy a two-day program at SydneyAcademy of Sport and Recreationthat explores the sports scienceaspects of the PDHPE syllabus.“The sports science program enableshands-on learning using specialistequipment not available to mostschools,” Mr Lyon said.“For example, in the HumanPerformance Laboratory students areassessed for aerobic fitness, speed,strength and stamina. Their optionsinclude exercise design, nutrition andtime management.Recent improvements to several Sport and Recreation Centres are sure toenhance visitor comfort and enjoyment. Upgrades include:■■■Refurbished lodges at Point WolstoncroftNew facilities at centresRefurbished dormitory accommodation at BerryNew flying fox and giant swing at Point Wolstoncroft and Myuna BayRefurbished lodges at Point Wolstoncroft“Our expert sports scientists haveworked with the Waratahs, SydneySwans, NSW Institute of Sport andother elite athletes.■■Refurbished lodges and the new Milton Lodge, specifically for people with adisability, at JindabyneNew high ropes course at Jindabyne.“Students can also come to theLaboratory for the day, or SydneyAcademy staff can deliver a programat their school.”Students learning ‘trust’ at Berry Sport and Recreation CentreTwo programs are currentlyin development■■A new environmentalawareness program atBerry brings environmentalinterpretations into outdooractivities, for example, withinterpretive beach anddune walks, tree plantingand blindfolded walkingto encourage sensoryexploration of thenatural environment.Healthy Lifestyles usesexperiential learningactivities to bring aspectsof healthy living and activelifestyles to life for primaryschool children.For more information aboutoutdoor education programs

Getting physical forour healthBy Rosemary PerryMost people in NSW enjoy sport and physical exercise but we need to enjoy lotsmore of it.■Women are becoming keener onsport and exercise. Between 2001and 2005, women’s participationrose by 10 per cent, compared withonly five per cent for men. Theresult was that in 2005 overallparticipation became almost equalbetween the sexes— 83 per cent ofwomen compared with 84 per centof men. In addition, in 2005 womenexercised more regularly than men;the statistics showed that 47 percent of women exercised three ormore times a week, compared with42 per cent of men.■Older people still enjoy sport andphysical activities. Even thoughyoung people between 15 and 24are most zealous, with 94 percent participation, 71 per cent ofpeople 65 and over said they tookpart in physical exercise in 2005.■People between 55 and 64 areenthusiastic walkers. This agegroup had the highest rate—30.1per cent—of taking part in a sportor physical activity five or moretimes a week, and walking wasthe most popular activity.Nearly 4.5 million people in NSWtook part in a sport or a physicalactivity in 2005, according to theExercise, Recreation and SportSurvey (ERASS), the annual surveyon what kind of sporty pastimesappeal to Australians.That means more than four out ofevery five people in the State aged15 or over played some kind of sportor exercised at least once during theyear. The actual rate was 83.5 percent, slightly up from the previousyear’s 82.5 per cent.The survey also showed, however, thatpeople need more regular exercise.Although most adults in NSWparticipated at least once in a sport orphysical activity in 2005, only 45 percent took part three or more times aweek, the recommended level forbenefiting personal health. Overall, thesurvey contained good news aboutNSW attitudes to sport and exercise:■People are generally remainingloyal to old ‘sporty’ favourites. Thetop 10 most popular sports andphysical activities in NSW havechanged little over the last fiveyears, although some sports havegrown more quickly than others.The top 10 in 2005 were walking,aerobics/fitness, swimming, tennis,cycling, golf, running, bushwalking,soccer and yoga. Out of these 10,interest in yoga, aerobics/fitness,walking, soccer (outdoor) andcycling grew most rapidly.14

According to the survey results,participation in sport or physicalactivity organised by a club,association or other type oforganisation was not as popular asunstructured, unorganised or moreinformal exercise. The surveyindicated that just over 2.2 millionpeople in NSW participated inorganised sport and physical activityin 2005— about two in every fivepeople, meaning an overallparticipation rate of 42 per cent forpeople aged 15 and over.However, as with individual and lessformal sporting activities, the surveyshowed that organised sportparticipants still aren’t doing enoughto enhance their health. Out of the42 per cent of people over 15 whoparticipated in organised sport in2005, only 11 per cent did so threeor more times a week.The survey also indicated women’sincreasing interest in organisedsport and physical activity in NSW.It showed that between 2001 and2005 overall participation ratesincreased by 7.8 per cent, withwomen’s participation jumping 11.8per cent while only 4.3 per cent moremen opted for organised sportAnd, though organised sport attractedoverall more men (44 per cent) thanwomen (40 per cent) womenparticipated more regularly than men,with 12 per cent taking part three ormore times a week compared with10 per cent of men.ERASS is a joint initiative of theAustralian Sports Commission and theState, Territory and FederalGovernment. It collects information onthe frequency, nature and type ofsport and physical activities peopleaged 15 years and over participate infor exercise, recreation and sportduring the previous 12 months.For more information visit

Thanks to watersafety championsBy Michelle SchofieldSelfless acts of courage and dedication by strangers are among several initiativesrecognised by the NSW Government in the 2006 Water Safety Awards.Minister for Tourism and Sport andRecreation, Sandra Noricongratulated a host of individualsand organisations for theimportant role they have played inkeeping NSW residents safe in andaround waterways.Surfers Association whose volunteermembers are dedicated to teachingpeople with a disability how to surf, aswell as how to enjoy the beachenvironment safely,” she said.“These volunteers are totallycommitted to giving people withdisabilities the opportunity toparticipate in a fun and safe way. TheDisabled Surfers Association hasgrown from humble beginnings in1986 to nine branches in four statesacross Australia - all totally supportedby volunteers.”“There are many people in ourcommunity who make significantcontributions to raising awareness ofwater safety issues and implementinginitiatives to keep people safe whenthey are in or near the water,” said MsNori. “These Awards honour andrecognise those contributions.”The Minister cited an incident at aSydney suburban aquatic centre lastyear, where lifeguards and membersof the public went to the aid of a manand his two year old son. The manhad suffered a seizure while the boywas in his care, and both were foundsubmerged.“Quick action by several bystandersand the centre’s lifeguards in rescuingthe two and performing CPR savedthe lives of these individuals,” Ms Norisaid. “Without their presence of mindand determination to make adifference, the outcome for the fatherand son could have been verydifferent. This story reflects thecourage and dedication that peoplefrom all walks of life show when theyare faced with similar stressfulsituations.”The Minister also noted the work oforganisations in creating a watersafety conscious environment. “Oneof these organisations is the Disabled16

The Water Safety Awardwinners for 2006 are:Water Safety Event of the YearSurf Life Saving IllawarraRescue of the YearLeichhardt Aquatic Centre andindividuals involved in the rescueResearch Project of the YearSurf Life Saving Northern BeachesVolunteer Lifesaver/Lifeguard ofthe YearRoslyn George, North Cronulla SurfLife Saving ClubProfessional Lifeguard of the YearAndrew Tarrant, YambaContribution to Water Safety byan IndividualIan VaughanContribution to Water Safety byan OrganisationGosford City CouncilCommunity Education ProgramDisabled Surfers AssociationPatrons AwardSurf Life Saving School WarriewoodMinister’s Award for the mostsignificant contribution towater safetyRoyal Life Saving Society, NSW BranchA further 13 High Commendationswere presented to individuals andorganisations for their contributionto water safety.The host of the Awards, AUSTSWIM,is an independent body funded bythe NSW Sport and Recreationto train swimming teachers to aquality standard.Rock fishingcampaignrecognisedThe Don’t Put Your Life On The Linerock fishing campaign has beenawarded a silver medal at the 2006NSW Sports Safety Awards.Major upgradeto Surf LifeSaving clubsThirteen surf life saving clubs alongthe NSW coast will share in $2 millionthis year to upgrade facilities.It’s part of the NSW Government’scommitment to spend $8 million overfour years upgrading surf life savingclubs. The special funding is inaddition to the $1.7 million given tothe Surf Life Saving NSW annually.North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club isone of the clubs receiving money thisyear. $350,000 will go towardsimproving its disabled access,upgrading administration facilities andimproving access to patrol equipment.Water safety ads atcricket live sitesThe Safewaters campaign televisioncommercial will play on the bigscreens at cricket live sites in Sydneythis summer. It’s expected thousandswill gather at the sites in DarlingHarbour, Bondi and Sydney CBDduring the Ashes series.The commercials will remind people– particularly tourists – to be awareof the dangers in and around waterthis summer.Developed by NSW Sport andRecreation and the AustralianNational Sportfishing Association andRecreational Fishing Alliance NSW,the campaign educated people fromKorean, Vietnamese and Chinesecommunities on the dangers ofrockfishing. It also focused onproviding easy-to-follow safetyinformation through strategiesincluding a DVD and CD-rom,workshops and information brochures.More information on the Awards canbe found kicks offThe Swimsafe learn-to-swim programhas kicked off for another year.Thousands of children will take part inthe program which has taught wellover one million children to swim inthe last 30 years.Swimsafe caters for children from 18months of age and is available atpools right across NSW. For moreinformation call 13 13 02 or

Sydney’s horseheavenThe Sydney International Equestrian Centre is busier than ever as Australia’s top locationfor horse sports— and much more— six years after its triumphant 2000 Olympics debut.By Isabelle Bennett■A comfortable amenities blockwith parking, caravan sites andaccommodation with kitchen,lounge and dining facilities.The 96 hectares of tranquil parklandaround the Sydney InternationalEquestrian Centre (SIEC) belie itspopular role as host to almost everyimaginable equine sport.At SIEC there’s eventing, showjumping, dressage, western horse,breed and pony shows, horsemanagement, jockey training,rodeos… and just plain riding asSydneysiders and visitors (and theirhorses) amble along trails in theglorious surroundings of WesternSydney Regional Park.“SIEC is a fantastic legacy forequestrian sport,” says VenueManager Mark Fulcher.“Since the Olympics SIEC has hostedaround a thousand equestrian events—national and state titles and localcompetitions, and international events,such as the Bates Sydney InternationalThree-day Event in September and theFederation Equestrienne Internationale(FEI) World Cup.“SlEC will make an importantcontribution to the next Olympics—theFEI has awarded Australia the rights tohold the 2008 Olympic Dressage TeamQualification Event. It will take place atSIEC in conjunction with the 2007Australian Dressage Championshipsbeing held at SIEC for the fourthconsecutive year next October.“Riders from Africa, the Middle East,South East Asia, the Pacific, Australiaand New Zealand will take part in atruly exciting international competition.”SIEC’s world class facilities include:■■■■■World class show jumping anddressage arenas with 6.5hectares of purpose-built sandand grass surfaces forcompetition, warm-up and training.The main arena seats up to 6,000people and the indoor arena hascovered seating for 1,200A cross country course with29 jumps for novices through toelite ridersA 1.2 kilometre steeplechasetrack, with a sand galloping trackinside it10 kilometres of horse trails andpicnic areasStables for 300 horses, with washbays, fenced yardsFour significant organisations are inpartnership with SIEC: the NSWInstitute of Sport, which has runnearly 100 elite camps and clinics indressage, eventing and show jumping;TAFE NSW, for its equine educationcourses; Racing NSW, for its jockeytraining program; and the StateEquestrian Federation for coachaccreditation examinations under itsNational Coaching AccreditationScheme. In addition, the EquestrianFederation of NSW relocated to SIEClast January.SIEC also offers a venue for othersporting, community and private events,such as cycling, dog trials, small farmfield days, school carnivals, corporatefunctions, trade shows, weddings,birthdays and promotional launches.“To have this multi-use centre, inlandscaped grounds in the middle ofWestern Sydney Regional Park, yetjust 45 kilometres from the SydneyCBD, is terrific,” says Mr Fulcher.“SIEC’s parkland includes remnants ofCumberland Plain Woodland andprotects sacred and archeologicalsites important to the Aboriginalowners, the Darug people, and toearly European settlement.“All our clients and partners love theparkland setting and landscapedgrounds as well as our superb facilities.”18

had to do was put him together a littlebit and he presented well. The nicevenue finished it off.”Glennis, 43, has competed at everydressage event at SIEC since itsinception in 1999, including the eliteConcours de Dressage International,national championships and localcompetitions. She attends trainingdays both as teacher and rider.Dressage involves systematically andprogressively training horses to carryout precisely a wide range ofmanoeuvres, from simple riding gaitsto the most intricate and difficult airsand figures, in strict time.Dressage championsGlennis Barreyand ClassicoWhile winning three events in the National DressageChampionships at Sydney International EquestrianCentre this year, Glennis Barrey knew her horseClassico was enjoying the venue as much as she was.“SIEC is absolutely brilliant,the best kept venue in Australia,”Glennis said.“The maintenance is excellent, thefacilities are always immaculately clean.“The outdoor arena is very large, butattractively organised with plants forevents, and the indoor arenaespecially is very inviting. It feels lightand airy.“People often don’t realise horsescare about their surroundings.“If the facilities are right, they’recalmer and perform better.“At SIEC, my horse was relaxed. Heslept for four days in his stable, whenhe wasn’t actually in the arena ordoing anything.”Classico, nine on December 24, hascompeted at state and nationaldressage championships every yearsince he was four and is like familyfor Glennis, who has also ridden hisfather and brother. Classico hadendured a long, arduous journey toSIEC in October before he carried herto victory at the National DressageChampionships in three prestigiousevents, the Prix St GeorgesChallenge, the Mitavita Prix StGeorges Championship and theIntermediate One Championship.“I had to send Classico on a three dayroad trip to Sydney,” Glennis says. “Hehad a week off, then my husbandSimon lunged him. I arrived back andhad two days with him and rode himfour times the first day and threetimes on the second day. He was veryfit and in a good frame of mind. All I“Dressage involves a wholeconnection with the horse,” Glennissays. “I see it as playing with myhorse. I ask him for something, andsee his reaction. I’m always lookingfor feedback.”Since 1993 Glennis’s routine asa rider and teacher has involvedriding between nine and 12 horsesevery day. She is the riders’representative on the NationalHigh Performance Panel, whichmeets twice-yearly to set policiesand selection criteria for squadsand selectors.Though based in Sydney, this yearshe became Western Australia’s statecoach in dressage—a job she lovesthough it means she sees her family,husband Simon Barrey and daughterGeorgina, nine, irregularly.Glennis has lost count of the numberof dressage trophies she’s won.“I do know that I have lots ofcrystal bowls and about 40 cosywool rugs.”So she’s warm in winter?“No”, she says firmly, “My horsesare warm.”Visit the Sydney InternationalEquestrian Centre website forvenue information and

Support for Duke ofEdinburgh volunteersThe unique Pack and Paddle Expedition Program is as popular with busy volunteerorganisers as with adventure-seeking award entrants.By Isabelle Bennettthe Award’s successful operation.“The Pack and Paddle Expedition hasbeen developed to relieve thispressure on volunteers while offeringchallenging canoeing andbushwalking activities for youngpeople at a very reasonable cost.”The program challenges participants,who must be between the ages of14 and 25, to complete an adventurejourney as an essential component ofthe Award. The Pack and Paddleadventure journey of two days andone night can be a ‘practice’ journey,or a ‘qualifying’ journey which willcontribute towards a Bronze award.Pack and Paddle promotes theDuke of Edinburgh’s Award’s aimsof developing self-reliance, physicalrecreation and skills such asbushcraft and navigation. Entrantsare responsible for carrying theirown tents, sleeping bags, cookingand personal equipment andfood. Canoes, however, areprovided by Broken Bay Sportand Recreation Centre.The leisure time of Duke ofEdinburgh Award volunteers, whoare usually from schools, youthgroups, churches and othercommunity organisations, can bestretched thin by the hours requiredto organise and carry out programs.“Most volunteers spend up to sixhours a week planning selfdevelopment activities for youngpeople who are being introduced tothe Scheme or seeking to qualify foran award,” explained Sport andRecreation’s Duke of Edinburgh’sAward Unit Manager Bob Cresswell.“Volunteers also accompany them ontwo separate adventure journeys ofbetween two and four days at a stretch,depending on whether the program isat bronze, silver or gold level.“Around 500 organisations areinvolved in running the Award in NSW,which at present caters for around9,000 entrants annually. Of thoseundertaking the program, around 50per cent are expected to go on tocomplete an award.‘It’s obvious an enormous amount ofindividual, unpaid time is involved inFor the Bronze practice journeyparticipants start from Cowan RailwayStation and hike in groups of four toseven along the Great North Walk toBrooklyn where they are then takenby ferry to the Broken Bay Sport andRecreation Centre for an overnightcamp. On the second day they paddle7 kilometres up Patonga Creek, whichis shallow and sheltered and ideal forbeginners. At the end of the day theyare returned by ferry to BrooklynRailway Station for their trip home.For the Bronze test journeyparticipants hike 13 kilometres from20

Wondabyne Railway Station to theJeanies Pool campsite for anovernight stay. On the second daythey hike a further three kilometres toLittle Wobby Beach and thenundertake a nine kilometre paddle upthe Hawkesbury River and MulletCreek to Wondabyne Railway Station.Safety is paramount at all times in thefield, said Mr Cresswell. “Entrants arenot ‘led’, since the program aims todevelop their own leadership skills.“When necessary, however, they areadvised to ‘check their bearings’ byaccompanying supervisors whoshadow the groups and who are fullyqualified in bushwalking and first aidskills. On the water, participants areaccompanied by a powerboat driven byan appropriately qualified supervisor. ”Word of the program has obviouslygot around. By the end of 2006some15 groups will have experiencedPack and Paddle, including a groupfrom Wales in April. Pack and Paddlewas an important part of its two-weektrip which sought cultural exchangeas well as a Duke of EdinburghAward qualification.“Pack and Paddle gave the group ataste of our bush and water life andan appreciation of Australia,” MrCresswell said.“The feedback from them hasbeen great.“We want to encourage other youngpeople from overseas to considercoming to Australia under the Dukeof Edinburgh Award Scheme.”Awards participation organiser GlenNew, a teacher at Rouse Hill AnglicanCollege, said he has nothing butpraise for Pack and Paddle.“Pack and Paddle adds variety to theAwards program. The logistics aresmooth and my experience wasgreat,” Mr New said.Moriah College Duke of EdinburghAwards organiser James Martinpraised the program for assistancewith organisers’ time management,reasonable cost, constant availability,risk assessment and safety provisionsand qualified, experienced staff and theprovision of equipment and resources.“A water and trekking expedition can bedifficult for schools, especially in termsof risk and logistics,” Mr Martin said.“This is a well put together program—the organisers have done a good job.”NSW Sport and Recreation deliversthe Duke of Edinburgh Awardsprogram on behalf of the NSWDivision, and is the largest Awardsoperator in Australia.NSW Sport and RecreationGreat value Summer breaksfor the whole familyOur Sport and Recreation Centres around NSW offer all-inclusiveholiday camps, with a terrific range of outdoor activities.We’ll have the whole family canoeing, abseiling, sailing, bushwalking andjoining in a host of other fun-packed activities in no time.Relax in spectacular natural settings, spending quality time with your family.Come and experience a holiday out of the ordinary.For more information or to make a bookingphone 13 13 02or visit

Ask the coachwith Simon WoinarskiCoaching children is both a tough and rewarding job. It’s also an important one.A coach is central to a child’s early experiences in sport – experiences that greatlyinfluence their life long participation. In this issue, Simon Woinarski, Sports EducationCoordinator, NSW Sport and Recreation talks about the three important considerationsfor coaches of children’s sport.Children havedifferent prioritiesto adultsImagine 20 young boys together ina park with two sets of goals anda football - what would happen?They would probably organise agame and modify the rules so itwas easier to play without an umpire.They would pick two teams, withclose friends on the same team,and everyone would be on the fieldat once. They would also come upwith their own system of umpiringand resolving disputes. And theywould definitely play to win.However, they probably wouldn’t keepa record of the score. And if the gamewas very lopsided, next time they gettogether, they would even up theteams so the game was more exciting.For children taking part in sport, simplyparticipating, playing exciting matchesand improving their skills is muchmore important than winningchampionships and individual trophies.These are things that are usuallysignificant to adults.Adults can unintentionally take thefun out of sport for children byemphasising, in an adult way, theimportance of winning. For example:“This week is the biggest game of theseason because if we win we willmake the finals.”If coaches can keep sport fun, thenchildren will stay involved for longer.Key ways to do this include:✓ Ensure no child is disadvantagedin terms of time playing the game✓ Emphasise and recognise goodplay and improving skills, ratherthan the end result of the match✓ Respect officials and don’tdispute decisions – encourage alladult spectators to do the same.Children have shortattention spansMost coaches would know thatchildren have very short attentionspans and are easily distracted.Picture a training session with anU10s girls netball team. You call themover to tell them something.The chances are one is thinkingabout her favourite show on televisiontonight, another is wondering whereyou got your new tracksuit and twomore are watching the U14 teamtraining behind you. That means onlytwo thirds of the team are actuallylistening to you!Here are some tips for gettingchildren’s attention:✓ Have a stop signal (eg, a whistle)so everyone knows it meansstop what you’re doing, put theequipment down and eyes onthe coach✓ Keep instructions concise anduse simple language✓✓✓Avoid distractions by facingchildren away from distractions.Avoid having the sun directlybehind you when you address themControl equipment by having arule that all equipment (balls etc)is put down while you are talkingBe heard by making sure everyonein the team can hear you clearly.Children grow anddevelop sporadicallyChildren reach the growth spurt ofadolescence at different ages. Inaddition, how much and how quicklythey grow at this time varies greatlyfrom one child to another.It’s not uncommon for a boy who isfourth or fifth tallest in his U13basketball team to be the tallestplayer in the same group next year inthe U14 competition.Because it’s so difficult to predict achild’s relative height and weight fromone year to the next (and also whattheir relative height and weight will beas an adult), it’s important thatcoaches teach their players the skillsnecessary to play in all positions onthe court/field - even if they don’t playthere regularly on event/match days.By doing this you will give childrenthe foundations to continue toparticipate successfully no matterwhat sort of growth they experienceas they grow older.Want more?For more details of upcoming coaching workshops: Email or visit

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry intosportsgroundmanagementBy Michelle SchofieldThe NSW Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Public Works has held aninquiry into sportsground management in NSW. The Inquiry’s aim was to assesscurrent and future community demand for sportsground facilities, how these can beshared equitably and managed well for everyone’s benefit.Some of the key issues theCommittee examined were:■ Ensuring access to open spacefor both active and passiverecreational users■■■■Managing sportsgrounds in anenvironmentally sustainable wayEnsuring sportsgrounds aremaintained and upgraded for nowand in the futureEnsuring that there are enoughsportsgrounds in high demandareas andHalting the progressivedeterioration of sportsgroundscaused by lack of water andexacerbated by overuse.On 29 September 2006, theCommittee held a public hearingand invited a number of organisationsto appear before it. These includedrepresentatives from Parks andLeisure Australia, Soccer NSW,AFL NSW/ACT, LeichhardtCouncil, Kogarah Council, WesternSydney Regional Organisation ofCouncils, the NSW Department ofEducation and Training, the NSWDepartment of Planning and NSWSport and Recreation.“One of the key areas of interestfor the committee was accessto school sporting facilities bycommunity sporting clubs,” saidNSW Sport and Recreation’sGeneral Manager, Darryl Clout,who appeared before thecommittee for the question andanswer session.“I was able to inform them thatsteps are underway to addressthese issues. A Senior OfficersWorking Group chaired by Premier’sDepartment has been establishedto examine options for access toschool sporting facilities bycommunity sporting clubs.”Mr Clout said that two NSW Sportand Recreation officers, CathyGorman-Brown and Kerry Turnerhave also been working closelywith Parks and Leisure Australia(NSW) to consider issues aroundaccess to and availability of sportsplaying fields. Ms Gorman Brownand Ms Turner also representthe Agency on a SportsfieldCapacity Working Group withrepresentatives from PLA (NSW),Soccer, AFL, Rugby League andsome local councils.Chaired by Kevin Greene, MLAfor Georges River, the Committeereceived 76 submissions from abroad range of local councils, sportingorganisations, government agenciesand private individuals. Thecommittee’s report was releasedon 16 November, 2006.The full report can be found

Dancing with theClassroom starsThe Wentworth Sofitel Hotel was recently transformed into a ballroom spectacular,when the best young dancers from six schools took to the dance floor in the ‘DancingClassrooms’ Alexandra PowerMinister Nori with Crown Street Public Schoolprincipal Valerie Martin and the winning team.A new initiative from the Ministerfor Tourism and Sport and Recreation,Sandra Nori, ‘Dancing Classrooms’is about teaching young kids howto ballroom dance, so they canbenefit from positive social interactionand gain confidence and respectfor others.The program was a remarkablesuccess and after 15 weeks of danceclasses, 180 Year 5 students werewhittled down to the six bestcouples from each of the participatingschools – Bundeena School, CrownSt Public, Kingsgrove Public,Leichhardt Public, Lewisham Publicand Menai Public.The competition was fierce in allthe featured dances including thequickstep, cha cha, waltz, tango, salsaand jive, but there could only be onewinner – Crown St Public School!

WHAT’SnewOur Sporting FutureThe Australian Sports Commission’sOur Sporting Future conference willbe held in Brisbane from March21-23, 2007. Leading internationaland domestic speakers will discusstrends and emerging issues in thesports industry. for details.Big summer of wheelchair sportsThere is a big summer of wheelchairsports action ahead. The ArriveAlive Summer Down Under serieswill be held in January, with thefeature event being the OZ Day10km road race on Australia Day.The NRMA Insurance SydneyInternational Wheelchair TennisOpen will also take place inFebruary at Sydney Olympic Park.For more information on both events,visit additions to RunningYour ClubNew topics have been incorporatedinto NSW Sport and Recreation’swebsite area Running Your Club.Simple information on riskmanagement, finance and corporategovernance is now available.Checklists, ready-to-use templatesand sample documents have beenwidely used on the site, to make itmore useful for sports clubs. olympicsThe Australian Youth Olympic Festivalwill be held at Sydney Olympic Park17-21 January 2007. For tickets anddetails visit event supportApplications for the next intake ofthe International Sporting EventsProgram will close March 31, 2007.The program is designed toorganisations attract and conductinternational sporting events to NSW.Visit details.Country Athletes andOfficials SchemesApplications for the Country AthletesScheme (CAS) and Country Coachesand Officials Scheme (CCOS) closeDecember 31. CAS helps youngathletes from regional areas accesstraining and competition, while CCOSassists coaches and officials attendeducational courses. For details andapplication forms

Spotlight onKatherine ProudfootBy Shannon DixonA chance encounter in a Newcastle gym has seen Katherine Proudfoot go from a gymenthusiast to an international athlete and world record holder in less than 18 months.Name: Katherine ProudfootAge: 29Lives: NewcastleOccupation: Speech pathologist,clinical educator at NewcastleUniversity and part time PhD studentSport: Athletics – sprints and throwsStarted competing: late 2004First major event: 2006 MelbourneCommonwealth GamesRecent results:2006 International ParalympicCommittee Word AthleticsChampionships, Assen, The Netherlands■ F35/36 Shot Put – 2nd placesliver medal – a personal best■ F35/36/38 Javelin – 5th place –world record for F36 classification■ T36 100m 3rd place bronze medal■ F35/36/38 Discuss – 3rd placebronze medalIt’s been a meteoric rise. And nowit’s time to focus on Paralympicglory in Beijing 2008.“A couple of years ago I didn’t knowmuch about Paralympic sport at all,”says 29 year old Katherine, who nowcompetes in athletics sprint andthrows events under cerebral palsyclassifications.“My interest increased during the2004 Athens Paralympics. I reallyloved watching the Games, but I neverdreamt that two years later I’d be hardat work training for Beijing.”Already a gym regular, Katherine tookup athletics following Athens mainlyto improve her fitness and social life.“Athletics was just a bit of fun on theweekends early on. I just went to localclub competitions in Newcastle. But Iwas only competing with able bodiedpeople, so my perception was that Iwasn’t really very good.“I stayed focussed on working out atthe gym to improve my fitness,balance and coordination.“And it was while I was at the gymone Saturday morning that my lifechanged,” says Katherine.Set up in the gym foyer that day wasa registration desk for the AustralianParalympic Committee’s (APC) TalentSearch program, staffed byParalympic star Amy Winters.“When I saw the APC desk, I stoodthere for about 10 minutes watchingpeople register wondering whether Ishould. Half of me really wanted to,but I doubted my ability. I dideventually go up to the desk and talkto Amy Winters – and I haven’t lookedback since.”One year later Katherine took part inthe Melbourne CommonwealthGames, finishing 5th in the T38100m event.In September this year, she competedin the 2006 International ParalympicCommittee World AthleticChampionships in Assen. Her resultswere outstanding including a silvermedal and two bronze medals, along28

with a world record for F36classification in javelin.Her sights are now firmly set on the2008 Beijing Paralympics.“At the moment I have only twolong term goals. Firstly to be selectedfor the Paralympics and secondly totrain hard to make sure myperformances peak for thatcompetition. Everything I do for thenext two years is aimed at helpingme achieve those goals.”And so while fitness and exercise hasalways been a big part of Katherine’slife, it now dominates her week.“I train twice a day, six days a week –about 3 to 4 hours of training eachday. In the mornings I run and doweights. In the evening, I work onmy throws technique and/or do agym class.“I also do hydrotherapy once aweek and I work on other skills mycerebral palsy makes hard, like handskills for cutting with knives. Skillslike this are also really important toensure I can look after my nutritionand live independently.”It’s hard to pinpoint the proudestmoments in her career to date, butKatherine says a few stand out.“Firstly, getting into the talent programmarked the beginning of a newjourney for me. Every personal bestand national record also rate highly.“But the moments that stick mostin my mind are being fitted for myfirst Australian uniform for theCommonwealth Games, walkinginto the opening ceremony at theGames, breaking the world recordfor the javelin and standing on thepodium to receive my medals at theworld championships.”other people and being able tocompete on a level playing fieldthrough paralympic sport.”Like so many athletes, Katherinecredits much of her success to hersupport team.“I am so lucky to have a wonderfulsupport team behind me, including mytwo dedicated coaches Alan Makinand Phil Jenkins.“I also can’t stress how vital myphysios, Claire Nichols and HeidiJanssen, are to preparing me forcompetition and improving my qualityof life in general. Both have workedclosely with me to achieve my goalsin sport and life.”She also draws much inspiration fromfellow athletes.“When you meet anyone in Paralympicsport, you are in the company ofamazing people who have challengedthemselves physically and mentally.“The people I see most as rolemodels and sources of inspirationare the other more experiencedmembers of the Australian athleticsteam. Their performances areexceptional. But more than that,they are exceptional people.“I am a shy person and the speed inwhich I have become involved inParalympic sport has been bothexciting and daunting at the same time.“Without their guidance, my currentperformances would not have beenachieved. They have shown me howfar I still have to go and I am excitedabout what can be achieved in thefuture with their help,” says Katherine.New disability sportsbody for NSWA new peak organisation for disabilitysport in NSW has been formed. TheNSW Association of Disability Sport isup and running – and is now theumbrella for 19 organisations servicingathletes with a disability in NSW.Part of the NSW Sports Federation,the new Association will be primarilyfunded by NSW Sport andRecreation, as well as community andprivate sponsors.The new Association will be a centralpoint of contact for NSW disabilitysports organisations, providingcoordinated direction, support servicesand networking opportunities. RitaJaber from the Association says “weare focussed on changing the face ofdisability sport in NSW.”For informationRita Jaber, Disability Liaison Officer,NSW Association of Disability SportPhone 8116 9737.For Katherine, competing is all aboutchallenge and friendships.“To throw and sprint with cerebralpalsy is quite difficult and I get a realsense of achievement when I makeimprovements. I also love meeting

FROM AROUNDNSWFrom around NSW is a regular Sportshorts feature, profiling theactivities of NSW Sport and Recreation across the State.Surf education for rural areasAround 8000 children have taken partin the annual Beach to Bush SurfEducation Tour. Organised by NSWSport and Recreation and Surf LifeSaving NSW, and sponsored by Telstra,the initiative involves surf lifesavingvolunteers visiting schools to talk aboutbeach safety. The tour visited anextensive area of regional and ruralNSW in mid November. Now in its15th year, Beach to Bush supportswater safety studies that show manypeople who need beach rescue livemore than 50km from the beach.Surf education for rural areasCarnival renamed in honour ofCathy PeacheyAn annual athletics carnival has beenrenamed the Cathy PeacheyIndigenous Youth Athletics Carnival,in honour of the long-time NSW Sportand Recreation employee andprominent community member whopassed away earlier this year. Over200 Indigenous children from Alburyto Broken Hill took part in the eventfor ages up to 16 years. BronwynColman from NSW Sport andRecreation says the “the carnival wasa great success thanks to the hugecontingent of volunteers who helpedon the day.”Elite disability event to be heldat NarrabeenThe 2007 National Junior Games forAthletes with a Disability will be heldat the Sydney Academy of Sport andRecreation in November 2007. Some300 athletes, their parents, carers andorganisers are expected to attend thegames that will bring togetherathletes aged 12 to 20 years of agefrom across Australia.Indigenous trainees atLake BurrendongCommencing in early 2007, LakeBurrendong Sport and RecreationCentre will host two school-basedtraineeships in partnership with theAboriginal Employment Strategy(AES) in Dubbo. The students willcombine work experience at thecentre with their studies. HelenSwan, General Manager fromLake Burrendong, says “we areproud to be involved in this programand see it as a very practical wayto give indigenous students a headstart in their career.”Goonellanbah After School SportNSW Sport and Recreation, theDepartment of Housing and LismoreCouncil are working together to providea sport program to residents in theGoonellabah housing estate on thestate’s north coast. Weekly afternoonsports sessions will be offered tochildren in the area throughout 2007.In addition, parents within the estatewill be trained to facilitate the programsand local teachers will be trained insports coaching.Disability education forrural schoolsOver 70 school teachers from ruralcommunities attended free DisabilitySports Education workshops inNovember. Workshops were held inBalranald in southern NSW, as well asthe Tamworth and Armidale districts,and looked at practical ways to includeyoung people with a disability intoschool based sport programs.Balranald workshop coordinatingSydney Academy of Sport and Recreation,venue for the 2007 National Junior Gamesfor Athletes with a Disability30

teacher Michelle White said they were“looking forward to being able toprovide these activities to our students.”Gunnedah mentoring programThe Gunnedah Mentoring Programwas launched by Australia’sGovernor-General, His ExcellencyMajor General Michael Jeffrey,earlier this year at Gunnedah PublicSchool. Designed to help thecommunity through volunteermentoring of young people, itincludes the Sports MentoringProgram funded by NSW Sport andRecreation. It enables young peopleat risk of not participating in anysport, to be assisted by communityvolunteers to engage in some formof physical activity.Developing rugby league officialson the north coastA series of coach and refereedevelopment programs will be runacross the north coast of NSW earlynext year. NSW Sport and Recreationis working with Group One JuniorRugby League, Country RugbyLeague and the Australian RugbyLeague to offer courses to youngpeople aged 15 to 18 years of age.Teena Reeves from NSW Sport andRecreation says “while the training isRugby League coaching and refereeingprograms developed for the North Coastopen to anyone from Rugby League,we’ll be focusing on maximisingAboriginal involvement.” For moreinformation phone (02) 6687 7168.Local government forum forwestern NSWPit Lane at Mount Panorama was theback drop for delegates at the 7thAnnual Local Government Forum(western NSW). Twenty fourrepresentatives from councils aroundwestern NSW attended the 2-dayforum which focused on improvingthe government/communityrelationship. Organised by NSW Sportand Recreation, the 2007 forum willbe held in Narromine in October2007. For more information phone(02) 6362 6623.Aboriginal youth sportsdevelopment campForty young Aboriginal athletes fromsouthern and western NSW took partin an intensive sport developmentcamp at Borambola Sport andRecreation Centre recently. Thethree-day camp provided sportstraining in soccer, rugby league andnetball, as well as nutrition, drugs andinjury prevention education. The campwas a hit with the youth, with onesaying “The coaches were great andreally made an impression on theway I play netball” and anotheroffering: “It was very fun and I learntso much about getting along withother people.”2006 ClubsNSW Academy GamesJust on 700 athletes convergedon the Central Coast in Octoberfor the annual NSW RegionalAcademy Games. All elevenacademies attended the event, withnetball featuring as the largestsporting competition of the meet.For a full wrap up Indigenous netballclub achievesA newly formed Indigenous netballclub in Dubbo has achieved amazingresults in its first year. The DubboPinnaroos was created earlier thisyear, an initiative under thegovernment’s Dubbo Youth Strategy.Over 60 women registered andparticipated in the Dubbo NetballAssociation’s winter competition.The club also took part in a statecarnival, with several girls beingselected for netball developmentscholarships. In just one season, thePinnaroos established themselves asthe largest netball club in Dubbo andis continuing to grow in strength.31

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