Fine time at sports expo
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.