Australian Drug Foundation regional manager for Central Queensland and organiser of the Good Sports forum tonight, John Fitzgerald.
Australian Drug Foundation regional manager for Central Queensland and organiser of the Good Sports forum tonight, John Fitzgerald. Allan Reinikka

Forum focuses on alcohol in sports

JOHN Fitzgerald hopes tonight's forum on sports and alcohol will make Rockhampton sports clubs take a look at themselves.

The Australian Drug Foundation regional manager for Central Queensland/Bowen Basin and organiser of the Good Sports forum ,said this was the first of its kind in Rockhampton.

The Good Sports program was an initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) to develop safer and healthier communities.

John said the forum aimed to raise awareness in sporting clubs of how to manage alcohol use, with many Rockhampton clubs already on board.

"We've got the Rockhampton Softball Association, Rockhampton Touch Football Association, Rockhampton Hockey Association and the Southside United Sports Club all on Level 2 of the Good Sports accreditation program," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"The forum is for all walks of life and goes across the board with topics that affect everyone."

The program helped sporting clubs manage alcohol responsibly and reduce alcohol related problems such as binge and underage drinking.

Topics that will be covered by quality presenters include policing and compliance, alcohol and sports performance, effects of alcohol on junior development - in particular young females, and the effects of club viability.

Event Information

WHEN: Tonight from 6pm to 8pm

WHERE: Frenchville Sports Club: Keppel Room

Clifton Street, North Rockhampton

Speakers will be: Sergeant Paul Bennet of Queensland Police Service, Dr Peter Reaburn from CQUniversity, Glen Hansen, Vector Health and John Fitzgerald of the Australian Drug Foundation.

No registration required



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