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Issue 34- September 7, 2018
NATIONAL POLOCROSSE SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON WA

Polocrosse WA will be host the 2018 Australian National Polocrosse Championships from October 1 to October 7 at the home of Perth Polocrosse Club - the State Equestrian Centre.

The Golden Jubilee tournament shapes as WA's biggest equine event for the local community, with 400 competitors from across the country set to participate in the most significant event on the sport’s calendar.
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THE AUSSIES BACK IN PERTH IN 2022

Western Australia will again play host to one of the world's largest ocean sports events when the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as The Aussies, returns in 2022.

Sponsored by the State Government, through Tourism WA, the Aussies is an annual event which sees Australia's 311 surf clubs come together to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SENIOR AWARDS

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is calling for nominations for the WA Seniors Awards 2018
 which celebrate and recognise the important contribution seniors make to the community while acknowledging those that support older Western Australians to remain active and engaged in their communities.

Two new award categories have been introduced this year to recognise age-friendly local governments and age-friendly businesses. The new categories join the existing Senior of the Year (metropolitan) and Senior of the Year (regional) honours.

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YOUNG TALENT TIME AT WAIS

The Western Australian Institute of Sport is holding a Talent Search Day on Saturday, September 22 and September 23 (invitation only) for male and females aged 13-17 years to test their potential in cycling, canoeing and rowing.

The free 90-minute session on Saturday will be conducted at the WAIS headquarters in McGillivray Road Mt Claremont, and registrations are essential.

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SLSWA CHOPPER SWINGS INTO ACTION

The State Government-funded Surf Life Saving WA helicopter patrol service has sprung into action - three weeks earlier than normal - as the weather warms and Western Australians start flocking to our beaches.

Last season, the State-funded helicopter patrols, which ran seven weeks longer than usual, provided 90 direct warnings to ocean users, patrolled WA beaches for 989 hours, covered more than 100,000 kilometres of coastline and spotted 522 sharks.

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SPORTS CASH IN ON ASF FUNDRAISING

The Australian Sports Foundation has reported that it has received $44.7m in donations to sport from Australians for  2017-18, taking total fundraising for sport to nearly $140m over the past four years.

The 2017-18 fundraising was highlighted by significant growth in athletics (up 142 per cent), rugby league (up 160 per cent), tennis (up 82 per cent), golf (up 65 per cent ), sailing (up 56 per cent) and rugby union (up 52 per cent). Overall, total athlete and club registrations rose by 61 per cent, while the number of fundraising projects jumped by 36 per cent.

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PARALYMPICS APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT

The board of the Australian Paralympic Committee has a new president for the first time since 2013, with Jock O’Callaghan replacing Glenn Tasker in the role.

The move is part of the leadership succession plan approved by the APC board after Tasker revealed his intention to retire, having served five years as president and 10 years as a director. O’Callaghan is joined on the APC board by
Lachlan Harris, John Hartigan, Rosie King, Helen Nott, Tasker and Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle Williams.

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HEART TO HEART WITH WALKING GROUPS

Heart Foundation Walking is calling on organisations across the country – councils, GPs, chemists, shopping centres, aged care facilities and more – to set up and maintain walking groups in local communities.

Becoming a Heart Foundation Walking host organisation helps form genuine connections with the local community, build social cohesion and client relationships and  deliver on health goals. Organisations that partner with Heart Foundation Walking will promote walking through their networks, help train and support walk organisers and explain the benefits of walking.

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