Lower Great Southern hockey clubs a picture of health

Smarter Than Smoking Lower Great Southern Hockey Association. Image supplied Hockey WA

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association is one of three regional hockey associations that have taken out top honours in a regional competition encouraging good health at hockey clubs.

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association competed against 26 regional associations and clubs to be recognised as first place winners in the ‘Hockey for Health’ Club Competition.

The Upper Great Southern Hockey Association received second place and the Busselton Hockey Association received third place.

The competition, developed by Healthway and Hockey WA, aims to encourage clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of hockey members and their community by providing healthy sporting environments.

The winners were recognised for providing healthy food and drink options and smoke- free facilities at events and carnivals, as well as raising awareness about how to live healthy lifestyles.

Healthway CEO Susan Hunt PSM said that through a two-year partnership with Hockey WA, Healthway was promoting the Smarter than Smoking message amongst clubs and also promoting good health.

“Hockey is a great community-based sport with thousands of players around WA. To encourage healthy hockey environments at venues, for participants and for spectators makes great sense,” Ms Hunt said.

Hockey of WA CEO Stu Gilsenan said that the winners scored the most points against certain criteria like strategic goals and direction, code of conduct and health policies.

“We also reviewed the overall performance of the clubs involved and the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association excelled in all aspects,” Mr Gilsenan said.

“We are looking forward to expanding the Hockey for Health Club Competition to metropolitan hockey clubs this year.”

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association received a small grant of $1,000, Hockey Australia signed merchandise, and training for canteen staff on creating healthy canteens.