The 2018 NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge was officially launched yesterday at a special event at Sydney Olympic Park.
Students from six local schools gathered to help launch the program along with nine Premier’s Sporting Challenge ambassadors. The students had the opportunity to participate in a series of physical activities run by state sporting associations.
The ambassadors included NSW Swifts netball players Abbey McCulloch and Paige Hadley; rising Hockey star Ash Thomas; Olympic swimmer Craig Stevens; and Paralympic rower Erik Horrie.
The Premier’s Sporting Challenge is open to all NSW public schools with more than 400,000 students from 1,500 schools participating in the Challenge in 2017.
Ross Morrison, Leader, School Sport Unit, said the Challenge, now in its 11th year, aims to engage young people in sport and physical activity.
“The Premier’s Sporting Challenge encourages students to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” he said.
One element of the program is the 10-week Challenge where students and staff record and track their physical activity over a school term as they aim to become more active, more often.
Students are recognised for their efforts with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond awards based on their average daily activity time across the 10 weeks. This can include physical activity during class time, lunchtime, school sport programs or after school and on weekends.
Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend children and young people should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Achieving 60 minutes of daily activity equates to a Gold award in the Sporting Challenge.
Further information is available on the Premier’s Sporting Challenge website.