Sport in Tasmania is well and truly alive. We have some of the best athletes living in our state or calling us home while they travel the globe in their chosen sport.
But for some reason the community continually misses the opportunities to support and congratulate the efforts of our athletes.
It’s time for the community to start supporting with their feet, not just their voice (or keyboards).
For example, we are quick to criticise the AFL when it comes to investment in our state (and the criticism is deserved). Or we complain there is “little to do” at times.
But we need to be demonstrating our passion by attending sport events.
We’ve had a lot to celebrate in recent months.
Tasmania had brilliant results at the Commonwealth Games, Devonport Strikers made it to round 16 of the FFA Cup, Northern Hawks won the state netball final, the Torns were valiant in defeat in the SEABL final and the Hobart Chargers brought home the silverware.
The list could be longer than this column space allows.
With the state footy finals coming up we need to show our support for investment in local sport.
This translates into support of our future stars whether it be the next Jake Birtwhistle, Matthew Richardson, Amy Cure or Richie Porte.
It also sends a clear message to every stakeholder what value we place on sport in our region.
This is why The Examiner holds the Junior Sports Awards every year. We place a high value on the health, social and economic benefits of sport.
So if you can’t get to sporting match the next month, we challenge you to nominate a future star for their sporting prowess instead. Who knows, you may be highlighting a future world champion or simply encouraging a youngster to keep trying.
- Visit www.examiner.com.au to nominate a junior athlete for The Examiner’s Junior Sport Awards. A new category has also been created this year for a $500 bursary to help a junior athlete achieve their goals.