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Sport & Racing

24 February, 2021

GOOD SPORTS Biloea Netball recognised

Local netball club Biloela Netball Association was recognised for their community efforts today in Canberra.

By Michael R Williams

Biloela Netball shooting hoops for the community PHOTO: supplied

BILOELA Netball Association was crowned  Queensland Club of the Year today.

Good Sports, a government-funded program aimed at improving the health and well-being of Australians, was behind the decision. 

The event was held in Parliament House and Biloela Netball is one of eight Queensland sports clubs to be recognised.

President Shari Hancox said that Good Sports has helped challenge the association to be the best that it can be.

“Good Sports has revolutionised our association and challenged us to assess what we do and do it better,” Ms Hancox said.

“The program has been an ideal opportunity to review, update and develop our policies which provide us with the best foundation to deliver a series of inclusion programs. 

“This includes our walking netball program, which provides a modified version of the game for older players to play longer and encouraging more males to join the sport through our junior boys' clinics,” Ms Hancox said. 

The team received a $500 reward from Queensland Good Sports “for inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club."

When Good Sports hand out their awards they said they look for “a club that is committed to building a healthy and inclusive environment where members look out for one another around alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport, healthy eating, mental health, and positive spectator behavior.”

Good Sports said that the netball side had “reached the highest level of the Good Sports program”. Good Sports is managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and is Australia’s largest and longest-running preventative health initiative in community sport.

As a part of the campaign, Biloela Netball implemented an illegal drugs program and developed a COVID cup program that saw players return to the sport early.

CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Dr Erin Lalor said

“All of the Good Sports Awards finalists should feel incredibly proud of their efforts in building strong, welcoming, and healthy environments.”

“It’s been a challenging year for sporting clubs with many having had their seasons cut short or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’ve also seen many Good Sports clubs go above and beyond to keep their members connected, engaged, and healthy.”

Good Sports is working with over 1000 clubs in Queensland.

“The free program encourages systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Dr Lalor explained.  

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