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Kiama rugby season opener draws record crowd
Kiama rugby season opener draws record crowd

18 April 2024, 5:00 AM

The Kiama Rugby Football Club couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2024 season. In the season opener on April 13, against the backdrop of a sunny blue sky, a huge crowd had gathered at the Kiama Showground to see both grades win against the Tech Waratahs.The first grade beat the Tahs 45-13. Try scorers were: Mick Taylor, Nico Cowley (2), Manu Ahokovi, James Asquith, Smiki Lufe and Jack Hobbs.The second grade won 29-12. Try scorers were: Rory Lawrence, Sione Lufe, Daniel Grehan, Tonga Tonga, and Manu Ahokovi.“Both grades gave a great performance,” says players rep for the Kiama Rugby Football Club, Jack Smith. “We’re looking to go that extra stage with first grade and make the grand final.”“We saw improvement with the second grade. They’re off to a great start. Missed the final last year with two, three games,” he says. Kiama player, Scott Duncan, donned his black and white gear for his 300th game. He’s the seventh player in club history to pass the milestone.“Scott is a massive part of Kiama, on and off the field. You can chuck him in anywhere on the field, in any position. He’s a top-level player,” says Smith.He adds the crowd was the best that he’d seen in a long time for a home game, with approximately 300-400 people in attendance.The under 16s girls game unfortunately got cancelled due to the other team being stuck in traffic.But game day wasn’t quite over yet. The Kiama Blowhards celebrated their 35th in the evening, with 130 turning out for the reunion. Club members and former Wallabies Gary Grey, Alex Pope and Brian Weir also attended.“It was awesome. All the guys came. Two, three guys came down from Queensland and some over the mountains,” says James Regan.

 Making a racquet about the world’s healthiest sport
Making a racquet about the world’s healthiest sport

07 April 2024, 2:09 AM

In a recent Forbes magazine survey, a range of fitness experts compared and rated a list of sporting activities across six categories, including muscular strength and flexibility. Squash was ranked the healthiest overall, based on its many physical benefits, including offering a great cardio workout, improved flexibility, ability to build lower body strength and endurance, and its kilojoule burn rate which supports healthy weight maintenance.Squash is a high-intensity workout and players use more energy than for almost any other sports. Squash is also an all-weather activity. It is easy to learn and can be played at any age, individually or in teams. and for leisure or as a competitive sport. Games and equipment can be modified to suit size, skill level and physical ability. Squash is particularly beneficial for growing minds and bodies. It combines strong physical activity (players build fitness, strength and agility via regularly running, leaping and diving for the ball) with the discipline, focus and mental strategy skills to anticipate the moves of, and outwit, an opponent – and to make quick decisions under pressure.In addition to the above, learning to play squash helps kids develop and build many important life skills and habits, including:Strong hand-eye coordination; Greater confidence and self-esteem;Improved psychological wellbeing and healthy stress release;Improved social connection - promoting camaraderie and teamwork, and providing an opportunity to make friends while engaging in healthy competition; Concentration, resilience, mental toughness, sportsmanship, and time management.Free Junior Training on SundaysGerringong Squash Club is committed to promoting the wonderful game of squash, especially in juniors – and is offering FREE Junior Training every Sunday from 3-4 pm, with Damien Collins of www.cheekymonkeysquash.com. Damien coaches all standards, from absolute beginners to professional players, and is strongly dedicated to seeing more young players take up the game.Group and Private TrainingOn Sundays, both before and after Junior Training, Damien is offering group and private squash lessons for those wishing to improve their fitness and standard of play.Gerringong Squash Club is located at 29 Belinda Street Gerringong.Bookings can be made through: Mark Allison (President) on 0418 233 985, [email protected] orDamien Collins (coach) on 0449 981 128, [email protected]

$200M Play Our Way program a game-changer for women’s sport
$200M Play Our Way program a game-changer for women’s sport

03 April 2024, 5:35 AM

Sporting and community organisations that support women and girls in the Gilmore electorate are being encouraged to apply for a Play Our Way grant.Federal Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips said, following the success of the Diamonds and Matildas, the Albanese Labor Government announced the $200 million Play Our Way grant program, one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive investments in women’s sports.Mrs Phillips said the program would support local governments and community, not-for-profit and sporting organisations to deliver projects that make sport more welcoming and equitable for women and girls.“The Play Our Way grants will provide an opportunity for women in Gilmore to benefit from sport at all levels by addressing the barriers they experience when participating in sport and physical activity,” she said.“I urge local groups to apply for grants to help establish and improve sporting facilities which will encourage women and girls of all ages to take part in sport and physical activity.“Funding is also on offer for programs that encourage women and girls to participate and remain involved in sport and physical activity for life, by tackling barriers such as disadvantage or lack of equipment, and for programs that will lead to sustained cultural change in sport.”Mrs Phillips said many girls dropped out of sport and never joined back up as women. “We often see teenage girls move away from the sports field, and this was really noticeable during the COVID-19 lockdowns when many just didn’t go back,” she said.“I hope these grants will go a long way towards encouraging girls and young women to get back into their chosen sport, or to try something new.“Being involved in a sports team is obviously great for health and fitness, but it’s also important for your wellbeing. It’s a great way to build connections and make friends no matter your age.“I love sport and will always do what I can to encourage and promote sport and wellbeing right across our region.”Organisations of different sizes and capacity can apply, and each would be assessed on their own merit against the policy objectives of the Play Our Way program.Grants for participation and equipment programs will be from a minimum of $50,000 up to a maximum of $1.5 million. Facilities projects in small rural towns and remote communities will be able to apply for up to $2 million.Mrs Phillips said the Matildas success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, coupled with the Diamond’s 2023 Netball World Cup win, showed Australia the power of women’s participation in sport and inspired a nation. “It’s time to support our grassroots clubs and organisations to harness this moment and open their doors to new and returning participants,” she said.“The Albanese Labor Government’s $200 million investment through the Play Our Way program will change the game, making sport more safe, equitable, accessible, inclusive and sustainable.”The grant program was designed with the assistance of experts across sport and government, including advice from Liz Ellis AO, Lauren Jackson AO, Tal Karp and Madison de Rozario OAM.The Play Our Way Program Grant Opportunity is now open for applications and will close 2pm (AEST) 29 April 2024. For more information and to apply head to GrantConnect or https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/play-our-way-program

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