Sporting Clubs

The YMCA Skate Park Comp crew, in conjunction with Western District Health Service, put on two days worth of free skating displays, workshops and competitions this week. A super way for our local kids to remain active throughout the school holidays!                                                                    In addition to scooter, BMX and skate events, participants also enjoyed a healthy , completely GREEN (as classified by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service Healthy Choices Guidelines) lunch thanks to Western District Health Service! The kids thoroughly enjoyed the spread of healthy wraps, rolls and pizza breads prepared by the WDHS cafeteria under the green guidelines. The cohort washed it all down with cups of Australia's best tasting tap water, without a single request for soft drink. The crew were then refuelled and ready to continue riding the ramps!          Kudos to the YMCA crew and WDHS for putting together a school holiday event that promotes both active living and healthy eating. Hope to see this back again in future!

The regional primary schools sports association partnered with Wannon Water to promote and encourage water consumption at the recent inter-school Athletics day event.                                                                   It was great to have access to a bottle refill station in addition to the permanent water fountain at Pedrina Park, it's a big area and with lots of different sports events happening across the whole grounds, there was a need for a second water source! Competitors, officials, peers and families stayed hydrated in the best way possible thanks to the refill station. Students were also pleased to learn that Hamilton's water supply was recently voted the second best tasting water in the world after being crowned the best tasting in Australia. Wannon water can help you promote Australia's #1 tasting water supply at your next event! Head to their community sponsorships and grants page to find out more or apply for hire of resources at your next event - http://www.wannonwater.com.au/i…/sponsorship-and-grants.aspx . Thanks Wannon Water ! #choosetap  

Last week, a number of Hamilton Kangaroos FNC players were out and about visiting and working alongside Hamilton Kangaroos Junior Football Association teams.   Here, local juniors (and coach!) enjoy the traditional pie night at Pedrina Park, where the association has made the healthier choice easier by swapping soft drink cans, as previously supplied, with bottled water!                                       Sporting clubs play an important role in encouraging healthy choices, and what a great example this is. There are lots of small changes we can make without breaking historical traditions, such as pie nights! Every little change counts. Super effort Hamilton Kangaroos Junior Football Association!   How has your club made healthier choices easier? Let us know about it, we'd love to share your story! Email Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or message the @GenR8Change Facebook page.  

In partnership with VicHealth, South West Sport and GenR8 Change, Hamilton Basketball Association has recently become a Water Only Zone, both on and off the court.               The association developed a policy applying to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players, and volunteers of the club promoting healthy hydration and encouraging water consumption. Hamilton Basketball Association President, Sharon Donahue says the Basketball Association was a great place to start a move towards water only zones, ‘The reason why we decided to do this is that we have really young kids up to older adults playing basketball, so it’s a great opportunity to get the message out to families’.  The move also supports previous work done at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre to increase water consumption, such as removal of several sugary drinks from sale. Implementation of the HBA’s Water Only Zone was accompanied by promotion of VicHealth’s H30 Challenge, encouraging players, their families and the wider community to swap sugary drinks for water for 30 days. ‘We had over 240 people from across the Southern Grampians sign up to the challenge, which indicates a fantastic level of support for clubs and community groups to implement these kinds of changes’, Donahue says. ‘We really hope all our members and families support our Water Only Zone, and other local sporting clubs get on board and create their own Water Only environments’. Water Only Zone banners and drink bottles have been adopted by the Hamilton Basketball Association and are now on display to share the message. 

Ever thought about having a free water refill station available at your community event? Last year, the Hamilton Junior Football Carnival utilised Wannon Water’s dispenser, and it was a great success! Did you know you can get 6,000 glasses of tap water for the same cost as a bottle of water? It's kinda like buying Bottled Fresh Air. If your community or sporting event could benefit, head to http://www.wannonwater.com.au/in-your-community/sponsorships.aspx and fill in an application form to request use of the dispenser, but make sure you’re giving Wannon Water plenty of notice!

In partnership with VicHealth, South West Sport and GenR8 Change, Hamilton Basketball Association has recently become a Water Only Zone, both on and off the court.   The association developed a policy applying to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players, and volunteers of the club promoting healthy hydration and encouraging water consumption. Hamilton Basketball Association President, Sharon Donahue says the Basketball Association was a great place to start a move towards water only zones, ‘The reason why we decided to do this is that we have really young kids up to older adults playing basketball, so it’s a great opportunity to get the message out to families’.  The move also supports previous work done at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre to increase water consumption, such as removal of several sugary drinks from sale.   Implementation of the HBA’s Water Only Zone was accompanied by promotion of VicHealth’s H30 Challenge, encouraging players, their families and the wider community to swap sugary drinks for water for 30 days. ‘We had over 240 people from across the Southern Grampians sign up to the challenge, which indicates a fantastic level of support for clubs and community groups to implement these kinds of changes’, Donahue says. ‘We really hope all our members and families support our Water Only Zone, and other local sporting clubs get on board and create their own Water Only environments’. Water Only Zone banners and drink bottles have been adopted by the Hamilton Basketball Association and are now on display to share the message.