Indigenous seniors are being encouraged to take up sport and recreation to improve their health.
Today, Sport and Recreation Minister Bob Kucera attended a special exhibition day in Mirrabooka, arranged by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Seniors’ Recreation Council of WA.
“Whether it is sport or recreation, activity is important for all people, but especially beneficial for the health of our seniors and we want to make sure Aboriginal seniors take full advantage of all the activities available,” Mr Kucera said.
“A more active lifestyle has a myriad of health benefits, from an improved cardio-vascular system to the prevention of the onset of diabetes and other diseases.
“This initiative is a recognition that indigenous seniors need to be encouraged to take part and I hope that, once they have tried various activities and realised how enjoyable those sports can be, they will carry on with them.”
Activities featured in the exhibition day included badminton, indoor bowls, bocce, darts, bootscooting, exercise to music and lifeball (modified netball).
The Minister said the program was developed in response to poor attendances by indigenous seniors at the annual Have a Go event held at Burswood Park.
“I congratulate the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Seniors’ Recreation Council for their innovative approach in this area,” he said.
Mr Kucera praised the Indigenous Seniors’ Activities Day for providing an opportunity to strengthen partnerships between agencies and help Aboriginal seniors.
“It has come about through the support of community groups like the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, Kookaburra Club, Bulup Kulung and the Medina Adult Day Centre, plus the Injury Control Council of WA and the Office of Seniors’ Interests,” he said.
“Today’s activities are not intended to be an annual event - the emphasis is on trying to get as many indigenous seniors as possible to attend the annual Have a Go Day in October.”
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