Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…read more
Australian netball program wins World Health Organisation award
Netball Australia, in partnership with the Tongan and Australian Governments, through the Australian Sport Outreach Program (ASOP), has been recognised with a 'Best Practice' award by the World Health Organisation.
The Kau Mai Tonga program uses netball as a tool to increase physical activity among women and girls to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Implemented in Tonga through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Tonga Netball Association (TNA), the program has seen 6,000 women and girls involved in netball programs in the last twelve months.
Four of the five most common causes of mortality in Tonga are attributed to NCDs, with obesity among the highest in the world. It is especially problematic among women, with 75% being obese compared to 56% of men.
Netball Australia Head of Sport Development Anne-Marie Phippard explains "netball offers a unique environment that is predominantly female, where women feel secure and supported to participate and lead.
"The program is also a fun, fair, safe and low contact way for women to get physically active with their friends and family."
Tongan women are more sedentary than men because of a range of cultural and socio-economic factors, one of which is that sporting activities are often designed for and dominated by men, resulting in low levels of participation in sport.
The Kau Mai Tonga utilises a mass media campaign to encourage women aged 15 to 45 to do 30 minutes of physical activity through netball no less than three days a week to stop the harmful effects of NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and cancer.
Netball Australia has been providing technical input through the ASOP program to assist TNA to build local capacity to deliver netball programs, including through staffing and resourcing the TNA office, establishing sound governance structures, developing and implementing coaching and umpiring frameworks and increasing a range of participation opportunities.
The program culminates with large-scale netball carnivals across Tonga and its outer islands throughout June and July, organised by the Tonga Netball Association.
Netball Australia is also assisting TNA to establish village-level participation opportunities to ensure more women can get more active more regularly, within their own communities, and encourage healthy behaviours through modified activities that encourage physical activity for all abilities.
Kau Mai Tonga was nominated through the Healthy Islands Recognition program and was presented with the award on Tuesday evening during the Ministers of Health meetings in Apia, Samoa.
21st June 2013 - MEGA SPORTS EVENTS: A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD
21st March 2013 - NETBALL TO REMOVE PARTICIPATION BARRIERS WITH NEW ADVISORY GROUP
21st March 2013 - SPORT CELEBRATES HARMONY DAY
29th October 2012 - ARTS, CULTURE AND SPORT TO BE UNIFIERS WITH ASIA
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…read more
ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…read more
Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…read more
INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!