Southern Metropolitan Region - Girls and sport

Written on the 10 March 2016

 

8 March 2016

COUNCIL 

Constituency questions 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

My constituency question is for the Minister for Sport.

I refer to recent reports of the alarming statistics of girls not participating in sport, particularly girls between the ages of 15 and 17. Being part of a team has so many benefits, let alone the health and wellbeing benefits of any of the physical activity aspects that participating in sport provides.

The previous coalition government from the Premier down took a very strong stance on promoting sporting activities amongst our communities. Former coalition sports ministers Delahunty and Drum, who both played sport at the very highest levels, understood only too well the benefits of promoting sporting activities and would often encourage Victorians to be 'more active more often'.

In my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region the Grass Ceiling campaign is promoting female sporting facility availability, and this issue has been raised with me by a number of sporting groups and women involved in those sporting activities.

 

My question to the minister is: given the recent statistics outlining that 60 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 17 do not regularly participate in sport, what is the Andrews government doing to encourage those facilities to become available in my electorate?


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