Darren Chester MP

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November 21, 2014

Sale Tennis Club

Sale Tennis Club President Robin Lowe has won national recognition for his efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce excessive alcohol consumption.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester congratulated Mr Lowe on being named the Good Sports Champion Volunteer of the Year in Melbourne on Thursday, by the Australian Drug Foundation.

“In regional areas, we rely on people like Robin who show a readiness to devote their energies and expertise to help out their local communities for nothing more than the personal satisfaction that it brings,” Mr Chester said.

“Such an attitude also encourages the best in others.

“It is wonderful to see Mr Lowe and the Sale Tennis Club receive national recognition for their efforts to create a stronger, more supportive family-friendly local club environment.

“This helps encourage young people to participate in sports in a healthy and safe environment, and it also helps build stronger, healthy communities.”

The Good Sports Champion award recognises a club volunteer who has demonstrated leadership and promoted the values of the Good Sports program amongst their peers and local community.

“The Good Sports program encourages clubs to be aware of, and adhere to, responsible service of alcohol requirements. In particular, the program helps clubs to develop a culture that focuses more on participation and less on drinking.”

Sale Tennis Club has been recognised for its efforts with Regional, State and National Good Sports Club of the Year awards as well as being both State and National winners of the National Drug and Alcohol Awards Excellence in Creating Healthy Sporting Environments.    The club has also been winner of a Tennis Australia Newcombe Medal for the Most Outstanding Club.

Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash attended the awards ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“The government is pleased to be associated with the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program, which does a fantastic job at supporting clubs across the country to move away from harmful drinking cultures,” Minister Nash said.

“In fact, the Good Sports program has been so successful that the government earlier this year committed a further $19 million to extend it for another four years.”

For more information on the program, please see: http://goodsports.com.au/



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