Sporting Clubs

Creating a healthier and happier community, Greta, a local GP prescribes Hamilton Parkrun to patients.   Dr Greta, also known as the ‘Wholistic GP’ is a strong believer of maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing to treat illness. Her mission is to engage, educate and inspire the people of the Western District to thrive by delivering conventional and integrative healthcare with lifestyle medicine. Greta has been a member of Parkrun for many years and is now a Run Director along-side her family members and other local volunteers. Greta says the best thing about Parkrun is the social connection, inclusivity and feeling part of the local community… getting fitter is just a bonus.     Hamilton Parkrun is a not for profit organisation bringing the community together. It’s a weekly free timed 5km run, jog or walk around Lake Hamilton. It’s the perfect opportunity to get fit, make friends and be a part of an uplifting and enthusiastic community. Hamilton Parkrun was established in 2010 and has now completed 247 events with 15,010 individual finishes overall. Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on parkrun, the community banded together and completed virtual events. All participants were given the opportunity to run individually and upload their run times, allowing everyone to stay motivated and accountable. Whether you walk, jog or run there are many health benefits associated physical activity including: strengthening muscles, improving your heart’s health, maintaining a healthy weight, building strong bones and improving your overall mental health. The benefits of social connections and good mental health are numerous. Proven links include lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships. SO, the question is: Are you looking to improve your fitness levels, overall health, wellbeing and make friends along the way? Well, the good news is, Hamilton Parkrun runs EVERY Saturday at 8.00am at Lake Hamilton, Rippon Road, Hamilton.   For more information head to: https://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/ or Facebook: @hamiltonparkrun                                                                         

It's been great to see so many local sporting clubs and groups get creative and implement different ways to stay connected and active during COVID-19 times.  Whilst thankfully (touch wood!) we're out the other end now and seeing most sports recommence, there is lots to learn from activities run during COVID-19. What virtual activity options have you enjoyed during this time?  The Hamilton Gymnastics Club set their members a weekly challenge throughout August and September to keep them in touch with the club and their gymnastics practice. Each week, the challenge was posted on the Club Facebook page and members were encouraged to complete it and share photo evidence. Challenges weren't always around gymnastics, some included baking and making a mask. Others were take a photo of yourself in your favourite gymnastics 'shape' and draw yourself on your favourite gymnastics apparatus.  There was great uptake of all challenges set, maybe thanks to some prizes that were on offer including markers and pencils!    Congratulations to the club for keeping their members engaged. We're rapt to hear you're 'back on the beam' now!   How did you club or group stay connected during COVID? Let us know about it! [email protected]  

Get creative and get moving these school holidays and be in the running to win some super local prizes! Kicking off on Sep 19th and running through the school holiday period, South West Moves is a virtual challenge encouraging people to “draw” creative images by moving around their neighborhood! You can use Strava or any other free tracking app to 'draw' your masterpiece, or alternatively we welcome any photos you capture to be submitted. At the end of the holidays, prizes will be awarded for the most creative images! Prizes include; a fitbit, gym memberships (including two to our very own Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre), learn to swim lessons, casual swim passes and Budj Bim Tours.  Head to the event page here and follow the link for all the instructions on how to participate. We look forward to following your fun 'maps' and pictures!

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 [email protected] 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.