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09 September 2020
Blue Ribbon Foundation Horsham branch members have spoken of the importance of community spirit through sport when society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Horsham police officer, municipal councillor and long-time foundation member Les Power said sport would play an integral role in generating a return in community confidence.
“It will be reflective of the spirit we need to get through this,” he said.
Mr Power made the comments on confirmation the foundation would resume promotion and support of its Spirit of Sport Awards program for junior sport next year.
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The Spirit of Sport Awards program rewards young participants in team sport for sportsmanship, fair play and mutual respect.
The program, which Mr Power has consistently promoted with the help of fellow officers and supporters, has been in place in Wimmera and Horsham District football and netball.
Each week during the season, under-17 netballers and footballers have received points based on their skill, sportsmanship and fair play.
From all matches in each competition, officials announce weekly winners and police officers present them with a Spirit of Sport Medal.
“Points accumulate throughout the season for end-of-year awards that can include player, team and coach-of-the-year accolades,” Mr Power said.
He said the categories ensured that every level in junior sport was linked to promoting fairness, mutual respect and enjoyment of sport, rather than winning at all costs.
“Recognition and celebration of positive approaches by young people in our community will never be more important in the year or years ahead,” he said.
“Sport and physical activity also energises mental health in children.
“This also affects their parents because they see their kids fit, healthy and happy. This encourages everyone and is important.
“And when we get back to playing community sport, the sporting environment will provide a wonderful opportunity for young people to set the example.”
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