Australia’s largest female participation sport has thrown its full support behind the Rudd Government’s initiative of a national binge drinking strategy aimed at curbing excessive drinking among young people.
Netball Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer said netball plays a significant role in the community in advocating healthy lifestyles among women and teenage girls.
“This is a very important initiative aimed at tackling one of the more serious social and health problems afflicting our youth,” Ms Palmer said.
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s request for netball to be involved in the development of this national strategy along with other leading Australian sporting codes.”
Netball Australia has been invited by the Prime Minister to join other major sporting organisations at a special strategic meeting this Friday.
“We look forward to playing a role in developing sport’s national approach to educate and inform young people about the dangers of binge drinking and also to promote healthy lifestyles,” Ms Palmer said.
“As the highest team-based sport in Australia for 15-24 year old females, we believe we have a responsibility to continue to show leadership in this area and to increase awareness of the adverse affects of excessive alcohol.”
The announcement by the Rudd Government was also welcomed by 29-year-old Australian vice-captain, Sharelle McMahon who is a popular role model amongst our country’s youth.
“It is important to get the message out to young people that excessive drinking affects your long term health and ability to function properly,” McMahon said.