Fund­ing for sporty se­niors

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Gareth McKnight

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the Hope Val­ley Bad­minton Club in Kwinana are be­ing given a chance to try.

The City of Kwinana has been se­lected as one of four WA coun­cils to un­dergo a pi­lot pro­gram called Sil­ver­sport, which is a State Govern­ment ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age se­niors to par­tic­i­pate in sport.

The ini­tia­tive helps cover the costs as­so­ci­ated with sports club mem­ber­ships or pro­gram fees, with $200 per per­son avail­able for those over 60 to claim.

In Kwinana, el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents can ap­ply to re­ceive fund­ing to­wards a range of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing swim­ming, bowls, group fit­ness classes, walk­ing groups, gym mem­ber­ships, yoga or Pi­lates.

De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation di­rec­tor gen­eral Ron Alexan­der was on hand to un­veil the ini­tia­tive in Kwinana last week and stressed its im­por­tance.

“It gets peo­ple in­volved in their com­mu­nity and it’s not just the phys­i­cal side, but also help­ing peo­ple to make new friends,” he said.

“Some­times peo­ple just don’t have that dis­cre­tionary amount of money to keep ac­tive, so it is what we should be do­ing — help­ing peo­ple who need it.”

Mr Alexan­der con­firmed that Sil­ver­sport was a $300,000 ini­tia­tive, with $240,000 con­trib­uted through the De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation and $60,000 con­trib­uted by the var­i­ous lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

The scheme will run un­til June 2017, where a de­ci­sion over whether to roll it out Statewide will be made.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said se­nior res­i­dents were lucky to have a great se­lec­tion of recre­ational clubs and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in Kwinana.

“This is a fan­tas­tic in­cen­tive for older res­i­dents to get back into a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity they have not par­tic­i­pated in for a while, or even try some­thing com­pletely new,” she said.

Sil­ver­Sport ap­pli­ca­tions will be avail­able at Kwinana Rec­quatic from July 1.

It’s not just the phys­i­cal side, but also help­ing peo­ple to make new friends. Ron Alexan­der

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation di­rec­tor gen­eral Ron Alexan­der with Hope Val­ley Bad­minton Club mem­bers He­len Healy, Jean An­drus-How­ley and Florence Sa­muel.

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