28th February, 2024 — Good Sports awards

Toowoomba Hockey named New Club of the Year

Toowoomba Hockey Association was crowned the 2023 National Good Sports New Club of the Year for inspiring positive change and taking responsibility for its members.

While only having joined the program in September last year, the Glenvale-based club has already reached the highest level of the program, having implemented policies that cover alcohol and tobacco management, illegal drugs, mental health, and safe transport.

Hockey Manager, Jessie McCartney, said Good Sports has shaped a responsible culture at Toowoomba Hockey Association, especially in the prevention of alcohol and drug-related harms.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2024, the Awards ceremony recognised Good Sports clubs and their dedicated volunteers from across the country who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be.

Everyone belongs in hockey at Toowoomba

“Good Sports has instilled a sense of responsibility among everyone at the club – members not only drink responsibly, but they encourage others to as well,” Jessie said.

“Members are also now confident in asserting the club's regulations regarding vaping, with peers directing individuals to designated areas, helping to maintain our healthy space.”

Toowoomba Hockey Association say they pride themselves on inclusivity and personal development, implementing initiatives like ‘Belong in Hockey’, a program launched with the aid of Multicultural Australia.

It provides a level-playing field for new migrants, particularly a large cohort of Yezidi refugees, enhancing their language skills, confidence, and sense of belonging.

“Our Yezidi members are encouraged to partake in various aspects of club life, from playing to volunteering, fostering a sense of independence and deeper belonging,” Jessie explained.

“Our club embodies the motto 'unity in diversity', transforming lives through sport, and making a palpable positive impact on the wider community.”

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