Perth clubs representing wrestling, floorball, cheerleading and kayaking had their say on why children should give a fringe sport like theirs a chance.
Wrestling – Fremantle Wrestling Club
“The benefits for children who participate in wrestling include learning skills that contribute to success in other sports such as gymnastics, rugby, gridiron and MMA, self defence, fitness, building self-confidence and leadership skills and staying active,” head coach Chris Butler said.
“Introducing the sport of wrestling in primary and high school gym sessions has been successful in increasing the participation of a fringe sport like wrestling.
“We need to get the word out to parents and the kids that there is a fun way to stay fit and contribute to skills that will enhance abilities in a multitude of other sports.”
Kayaking – Champion Lakes Boating Club
“Kayaking is a low impact sport with a high adrenalin rush and so is really beneficial for young growing bodies,” kayaking co-ordinator Robyn Brown said.
“Kayaking can easily be delivered through play and games in the early years, fostering great lasting friendships, and the young paddlers develop a sense of achievement through fast improvement.
“There are more than half a dozen different types of kayaking that children can get involved with, two of which (sprint and slalom) are Olympic disciplines.” Cheerleading – TNT All Stars
“Cheerleading is the ultimate team sport that relies on each member of the team to be successful,” director Steph-anie Pyke said.
“No one sits on the bench so it’s quite unique, very inclusive and includes skill building, strength and team work.
“Cheer brings together acro (stunting), dance, jumping and tumbling, so typically young kids who like any of those fall in love with it straight away.” Floorball – Perth Dragons Floorball Club
“Floorball is fun, great for physical education, good for any age and demographic, good for team building, builds confidence and self-esteem and is available in a lot of schools,” secretary Coralie Pearce said.
“Because floorball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the IOC is looking at introducing it to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“Everyone who comes down and picks up a stick loves it and comes back week after week. They love the atmosphere, they love the sport and we’re a great bunch of people.” Jessica Nico