Online learning centers and bespoke training for coaches among government initiatives to keep Queenslanders active


An online learning center for Little Athletics, bespoke training for women rugby officials and delivering Surf Lifesaving events using paperless technology are among initiatives to receive state government funding to keep Queenslanders active rather than overburdened with administration.

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the active industry scheme aims to benefit club volunteers by advising “we want to see volunteers spending more time on coaching and less time on administration of the club”.

More than $1.2 million is to be invested by the Queensland Government in new sports and recreation initiatives to encourage Queenslanders of all abilities to stay active.

25 sport and recreation organizations received up to $75,000 for diverse and inclusive programs run by experienced providers.

A series of para-cycling trials were funded and a Riding Blind initiative for visually impaired motorcyclists.

There is funding for a six-week AFL Queensland primary school blitz, the expansion of the Grow Hockey program and the development of a series of school-based rowing training and regattas.

Other initiatives are deployed in sports and activities such as triathlon, table tennis, surfing, volleyball, gymnastics, sailing, lacrosse, scouts, sport wheels, Special Olympics and sports for the deaf.

Outdoors Queensland has received support for the Outdoors For Life program with Dom Courtney of Outdoors Queensland advising “Outdoors For Life helps outdoor recreation groups increase opportunities for children, young people and families to be active in outdoors at every stage of their lives.

“There will be more beginner-friendly programs, like bushwalking and canoeing, tailored to local locations. Outdoor activities aren’t just for “hardcore” or extreme athletes – the Queensland outdoors is for everyone.

Minister Hinchliffe said the Active Industry Projects Fund would also strengthen communities and noted that “one of the lessons we have learned from the pandemic is the importance of connecting with a local community.

“The Active Industry Project Fund helps maintain both the mental and physical health of Queenslanders, regardless of their physical condition, age or ability.

“We know ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games; well-run community sports organizations can help identify potential candidates for Queensland’s next generation of elite athletes.

The Active Industry Projects Fund is part of Activate! Queensland, a 10-year Queensland Government strategy to get more Queenslanders moving, more often.

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Image: The Queensland Government is funding an online learning center for Little Athletics. Credit: Little Athletics Queensland

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