SunS­mart has net ben­e­fits

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

TEN­NIS Townsville’s lat­est hol­i­day clinic car­ried the SunS­mart mes­sage.

Young ten­nis play­ers were shown some handy on- court tips dur­ing Thurs­day’s clinic, but most im­por­tant of all was the lessons learned about stay­ing safe while spend­ing time un­der the North Queens­land sun.

Called the Sid the Seagull clinic, chil­dren and par­ents were re­minded about the im­por­tance of stay­ing SunS­mart when out­doors.

“The hol­i­days al­ways at­tract a lot of new chil­dren here and we want to ed­u­cate them about sun pro­tec­tion right from the be­gin­ning,” said Ten­nis Townsville cen­tre man­ager Liz Jones.

“A lot of sport, par­tic­u­larly ten­nis, is played out­doors and for long hours in the sun.

“We do not al­low chil­dren on to the court with­out a hat, and we pro­vide free sun­screen for them to use.

“By hav­ing some­one like Sid the Seagull at the clinic, kids will be ex­cited and mo­ti­vated to learn about be­ing SunS­mart now and for the re­main­der of their lives.”

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan urged all Queens- lan­ders to re­main vig­i­lant about sun pro­tec­tion.

“Sun safety is needed when the UV in­dex is three or above – in Queens­land, this is all year round,” she said.

“It’s great to see com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions join­ing in on our ini­tia­tives and poli­cies to en­cour­age SunS­mart habits from a young age.

“When out­doors, all Queens­lan­ders should slip on pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, slop on min­i­mum 30+ broad spec­trum, wa­ter- re­sis­tant SPF sun­screen, slap on a broad­brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sun­glasses.”

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