Western Australians aged 45 years and over are being encouraged to participate in a variety of sports and other activities today as part of the 17th annual ‘Have-a-Go Day’.
‘Have-a-Go Day’ at Burswood Park is organised by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA and is one of more than 100 activities across the State to mark BankWest Seniors Week.
Seniors Minister Sue Ellery urged people to take part in the fun and games, and said the day was designed to promote active ageing through activity.
“A 2006 report by the Office for Seniors Interests & Carers provided overwhelming evidence that those who stay active and involved in family and community life are far more likely to enjoy longer and healthier lives,” Ms Ellery said.
“The day gives seniors’ clubs and groups covering a range of activities from badminton to boot scooting an opportunity to show what they are about, through participation displays or demonstrations on the main stage.
“Being active means getting out and doing something meaningful, although this doesn’t mean you have to run marathons or climb mountains.
“Doing at least some physical exercise is important, but many people stay active and connected in their community by participating in artistic pursuits or further learning.”
The Minister said the Carpenter Government was proud to support events and activities that increased the participation of older people in the community.
“The Department for Communities provided $8,000 to the Seniors Recreation Council for ‘Have-a-Go Day’ and to produce a directory listing all WA sporting and recreation clubs and organisations for older people,” she said.
“In August, the department also provided $45,000 in funding for the council to increase seniors’ participation in sport and recreation in accordance with the State Government’s 2006 Active Ageing Benchmark Indicators.”
Ms Ellery congratulated the Seniors Recreation Council for organising ‘Have-a-Go Day’ and for its tireless efforts in promoting activities for seniors.
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