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Australian Minister for Sport encourages kids to get physically active

2010-03-10

Minister for Sport Kate Ellis visited Risdon Vale Primary School in Hobart on 2 March, encouraging all students to get healthy and physically active through the Australian Sport Commission's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

Ms Ellis joined students from Risdon Vale Primary School participating in a local triathlon event as part of the AASC program.

'Learning to lead a healthy and active lifestyle is just as important as the other lessons we are taught as children,' Ms Ellis said.

'Being healthy helps students to make the most of their education and also combats obesity and preventable diseases later in life.

'Through initiatives such as Active After-school Communities program students are learning the value of leading an active life by not just talking about it but getting active themselves.

'Students at Risdon Vale Primary are among the 150 000 children who are taking part in AASC program at 3270 schools Australia-wide,' Ms Ellis said.

Risdon Vale Primary School has been a part of the program since its inception and students have taken part in sports such as BMX, dancing, gymnastics, cricket and triathlon.

'About 150 students have taken part in the school triathlon program since 2005, with many going on to compete in the Southern Tasmanian Primary School Triathlon Series,' Ms Ellis said.

'This is a magnificent achievement for the school and its students. This involvement will leave a legacy of good health to the students, their families and the Hobart community.'

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