Fine time at sports expo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the coun­cil for its in­au­gu­ral Sports Expo, of which the

was proud to be co-spon­sor. It was a very pos­i­tive event and hope­fully will build into the fu­ture.

As guest speaker and “am­bas­sador” Shane We­bcke re­marked, sports clubs and groups are a key part of any com­mu­nity’s so­cial in­fra­struc­ture.

They say there are around 80 sports clubs in the district, which is very healthy for a com­mu­nity of this size.

And if any­one was tempted to la­bel us sports mad, why shouldn’t we be? There’s so much op­por­tu­nity for sport­ing recre­ation.

Last week­end saw for­mer Moss­man woman Tiarna Ernst run on with the Western Bull­dogs for the ex­cit­ing and his­toric first round of the new AFL women’s league.

We­bcke made a point of how much ma­jor leagues re­ally value be­ing able to re­cruit re­gional kids – they are seen as more down to earth and less prob­lem­atic than city kids.

Hav­ing grown up on the Dar­ling Downs, he was a coun­try kid too.

An­other point he made was how much team sports help peo­ple sort them­selves out.

“I had a ter­ri­ble tem­per as a kid,” he told the folks at the expo, and said his mother had pushed him into play­ing sport. “There, you learn it’s not all about your­self. You’re part of a much big­ger thing.”

Clubs rely on strong mem­ber­ships so they can stay afloat and do what they were set up for. State and fed­eral gov­ern­ments often come to the party be­cause they know it’s pop­u­lar, and also be­cause it’s what they should do.

Like many things, it’s about grass­roots com­mu­nity strength and ac­tion.

And if the rain lets up this week per­haps the grass will dry out enough for a few sport­ing fix­tures to be com­pleted.

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