Court of good man­ners

Kwinana Courier - - Sport -

WITH about 5000 play­ers tak­ing the court each Satur­day and many more spec­ta­tors cheer­ing from the side­lines, it would be un­der­stand­able for the Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence a few ‘bad sports’ in­ci­dents.

Yet the as­so­ci­a­tion drew a line in the sand last year and com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing new val­ues through the True Sport cam­paign, which has led to marked be­havioural im­prove­ment on and off the courts.

True Sport is based on a core list of eight val­ues and re­mind­ing peo­ple that what chil­dren learn play­ing sport are the val­ues they take with them off the field.

True Sport is co-or­di­nated through the State Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, and has a big sup­porter in Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray.

Last week Fre­man­tle Net­ball was named the in­au­gu­ral True Sport Win­ner at the depart­ment’s Sport and Recre­ation In­dus­try Awards.

FNA spokes­woman Karen Wheat­land said the as­so­ci­a­tion pub­licly recog­nised True Sports this year and used so­cial me­dia, court­side sig­nage, news­let­ters and its code of con­duct to re­in­force the mes­sages.

“Com­plaints of bad be­hav­iour in 2017 have dis­ap­peared con­sid­er­ably this year,” spokes­woman Karen Wheat­land said.

Other sports have also com­mit­ted to the True Sport mantra, in­clud­ing the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion and Gym­nas­tics WA.

Ice Skat­ing WA, Vol­ley­ball WA, Wa­ter Polo WA and Squash WA were also early adopters.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d485717

C-badge hold­ers Karri Leavy from Palmyra Rebels Net­ball Club and Sara Becker from St Christo­pher’s NC with FNA spokes­woman Karen Wheat­land (cen­tre).

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