Northern Territory Sports Clubs Shine at National Awards
Some of the best community sports clubs and volunteers in the Northern Territory have been recognised at the National Good Sports Awards held today at the Parliament House in Canberra. Good Sports clubs across the country have been honoured for their commitment to building healthy and inclusive environments. Above all, environments where members look to each other for alcohol and tobacco management, safe transportation, healthy eating, mental health, and positive spectator behaviour.
Strengthening inclusive club culture
Jingili BMX Club was crowned Good Sports Northern Territory Club of the Year for inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club.
President Jacqui Dobson says the Good Sports program has helped strengthen the club’s inclusive culture.
“Our club is a real family club with riders of all ages enjoying the sport. Visitors comment on the friendliness of our volunteers and our sense of community,” said Ms Dobson.
Jingili BMX Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program. They have policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport. Additionally, the club has implemented an illegal drugs policy through the Good Sports Tackling Illegal Drugs program.
Jingili BMX Club goes above and beyond in their local area. They ensure all members of the community can participate in their sport. For example, they loan out bikes, clothing and helmets. The club receives $500 for its achievements.
Casuarina Swimming Club was named NT Club of the Year finalist, whilst Rachel Fosdick from Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association was announced Good Sports Club Champion of the Year, for going above and beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.
Believing in her community and inspiring others to do the same
On the day, President of the Association Steve McGugan says Rachel works tirelessly so everyone in the community can experience the benefits of sport.
“Rachel is passionate about everything she does. She volunteers up to 50 hours a week ensuring the youth of Palmerston are engaged, safe and active and that everyone feels welcome and involved. By believing in our community and inspiring others to do the same, Rachel removes all barriers to success,” Mr Godwin said.
Rachel established Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association with other local parents in 2014. Since then, she has created several programs that encourage participation. Not just in basketball, but also outside of traditional competitions. Everything from taking portable hoops to the suburbs, to a free drop-in after school activity-based program. She believes going the extra mile offers young people a place to hang out and be active.
Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, represented the Australian Government at the Awards. Above all, he praised the winners and finalists, calling them community champions.
Building strong, welcoming and healthy environments
“All of the Good Sports Awards finalists should feel proud of their efforts. As a result, they’re building strong, welcoming and healthy environments. Sporting clubs are the beating heart of many communities. Clubs that demonstrate healthy behaviours are role models for local families and the whole community,” Minister Colbeck added.
You can find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists here.