15.4 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Australian netball program in Tonga

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago,...

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

Showing how health and sport make a great team, an Australian-supported development-through-sport initiative in Tonga has received recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a ‘best practice’ health intervention.

In Tonga a large number of women are physically inactive, which contributes to a staggering 94 per cent being overweight or obese – and at considerable risk of developing lifestyle disease such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.

Recognising the need for a strategic approach to these frightening statistics, the governments of Australia and Tonga are working together through the Australian Sport Outreach Program (ASOP), an AusAID-funded initiative, which is managed by the Australian Sports Commission, to tackle women’s physical inactivity.

The result of this collaboration is the ‘Come on Tonga, Let’s Play Netball’ (Kau Mai Tonga) campaign.

The Kau Mai Tonga is leading the way in sport-based health initiatives by using traditional marketing techniques to develop catchy mass media campaigns designed to change Tongan women’s attitudes to being active.

Underpinning this campaign is intensive support provided to the Tonga Netball Association by Netball Australia, through the support of ASOP, to make sure that women interested in being active have fun, safe and accessible physical activity options available to them, which is especially important in Tonga where sport has traditionally been male dominated.

The good news is that this approach of building demand and creating supply is working and netball is a big winner with more than 376 teams registering for the first Kau Mai Tonga tournament, which is an astounding increase from 27 existing teams the previous year.

Getting women onto the netball court has also enabled the program to spread important health messages. Research has shown that many of those taking part have made lifestyle changes since playing netball, including eating a healthier diet, drinking less alcohol and cutting down on smoking.

The WHO Healthy Islands Recognition Award for best practice showcases the important role of sport in getting people moving for a healthier and more active Pacific.

From the Australian Institute of Sport: www.ausport.gov.au

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.