Mandurah Dragon Boat Club Hailed as a Community Champion
Mandurah Dragon Boat Club has been hailed as a community champion for reaching the highest level of the Good Sports program. Working with more than 9,500 Aussie clubs, Good Sports offers clubs such as Mandurah Dragon Boat Club free tools, resources and practical support to implement policies around alcohol management, tobacco, and safe transport. Since joining Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in community sport, the club has come leaps and bounds.
To complete the highest level of the Good Sports program clubs must have a Good Sports approved alcohol management policy, provide safe transport options, have trained members in the responsible services of alcohol, ensure non-alcoholic and low alcohol drinks are cheaper than full strength alcoholic beverages, and provide free tap water. Mandurah Dragon Boat Club has now achieved all these milestones. They are excited and proud to now call themselves a Level 3 Good Sports club as a result.
Proud to be a Level 3 Good Sports Club
Mandurah Dragon Boat Club President Malcolm Anderson said the club is proud to be part of the Good Sports community.
“Our club has benefitted by being in the Good Sport program. It has made us more aware of possible areas of concern. Ones that could arise if we were not focused on maintaining our accreditation.” As a result, the club has been very family oriented and safe in recent years. “Our accreditation has reinforced this as a matter of necessity and choice. The members appreciate this wholesome environment.”
Malcolm believes the changes are simple but effective. “We have the choice to use the restaurant and bar facilities at our mother club. However, we use it as a celebration or intentional social occasion rather than a regular part of our club culture. Since being accredited, we are now more aware of the difference,” Mr Anderson said.
A truly unique community champion
Alcohol and Drug Foundation CEO, Dr Erin Lalor, applauded the efforts of the club, calling the club a community champion.
“The club is a fantastic role-model in community sport and should feel incredibly proud of its strong commitment to building a healthier and more inclusive club,” Dr Lalor said.
“We know that the further a club progresses through the Good Sports program, the greater the positive impact on the club and broader community,” Dr Lalor added.