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High mental health risks among athletes during the pandemic

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ONE in three current and former athletes are struggling with troubling relationships to food and worsening body image during the pandemic, according to new research published by Swinburne University.  The University’s lead researcher Dr Georgina Buckley found current and former athletes are a particularly high-risk group for disordered eating. “Disordered eating is essentially the subclinical state of eating disorders that occurs along a continuum of body dissatisfaction and a complex relationship with food,” Dr Buckley said. “Treatment for disordered eating presents a far higher success rate for intervention as opposed to clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia…

Equal access to sport is a significant need

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WHILST the Paralympics has come to a close, all ability opportunities to compete and be successful in sport is ongoing at Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria (BSRV). The non-profit organisation encourages meaningful inclusivity by tailoring sports and recreation programs for the likes of blind and vision-impaired Victorians.  CEO and president of Blind Sports Victoria, Maurice Gleeson believes diversity in sport needs to be substantial. “Often people will create sport or recreation programs that offer inclusivity but not in a meaningful way,” he said.  “By meaningful participation, I mean adapting the activity where possible, to involve the person who is blind…

Sydney athlete wins first Australian boccia Paralympic medal in 25 years

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AUSTRALIAN Paralympian Daniel Michel and his ramp assistant Ashlee McClure took out the men’s BC3 individual Bronze Medal for boccia yesterday in Tokyo. The pair defeated Great Britain’s Scott McCowan 6-1, achieving Australia’s second-ever boccia Paralympic medal – and the country’s first individual boccia win. Mr Michel said he was excited to win the first boccia medal for Australia in 25 years. “It’s a massive achievement,” he said. “I’m happy I was able to pull it out.” Athletes with severe physical impairment, competing in a wheelchair with an assistant, throw, kick or use a ramp device to propel leather balls…

We fish, we care

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FISHCARE Victoria is a community-operated not-for-profit working to promote responsible fishing practices and increased stewardship of Victoria’s aquatic environments, funded through the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund. Enthusiastic volunteers operate with regional groups across Victoria, from Warrnambool in the west to Ballarat and as far east as Mallacoota, engaging with communities since 1995, with the motto ‘We Fish, We Care’ Fishing is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in the country. The organisation aims to promote responsible approaches to fishing and to share in the care and management of our precious aquatic environments. Shaping the sustainable future of recreational…

Global clothing giant Patagonia joins calls for Tasmanian Premier’s intervention on takayna Trail event ban

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Patagonia, the global outdoor clothing giant has joined trail runners calling on Tasmania’s Premier to allow the takayna Trail 2021 to go ahead. Last week, Forestry Tasmania refused to allow the iconic sporting event, takayna Trail, to go ahead in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine,  an area containing the Savage River National Park in north-west Tasmania, Australia, which environmental non-government organisations (ENGOs) claim contains significant areas of wilderness. “Patagonia has been a long-time supporter of Bob Brown Foundation and their campaign for World Heritage protection of takayna / Tarkine,” Dane O’Shanassy, country director Patagonia Australia & New Zealand, said. “We’ve been working alongside the Foundation…

Ian Thorpe AM challenges Aussies to swim in support of youth mental health this March

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Ian Thorpe AM, Patron and Board Member of Australia’s most accessed online mental health service for young people, ReachOut, is calling on people across Australia to jump in the water in March for Laps for Life – a month-long swimming challenge. Laps for Life raises funds and awareness for young people in Australia living with mental health difficulties and to help prevent youth suicide. This is a particularly significant cause this year with young people’s mental health being heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  Ian Thorpe AM said that now is a vital time to get involved in this important cause. “The mental…

“Unpopular and unnecessary”: studies show no reason for whips in racing

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RSPCA Australia has welcomed a new study that calls into question the use of whips in horse racing, and strengthens the case for whip-free racing. The peer-reviewed study – published late in October in the journal Animals – effectively debunks traditional arguments by the racing industry, that the whip is needed to maintain “racing integrity” – ensuring every horse has a fair chance of winning – and the safety of riders by helping with steering. The study of 1,178 starters from 126 races compared stewards reports from 59 “whipping-permitted” and 67 “whipping-free” races in the UK, and found no link between the use…

Register today to stride for Indigenous education

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20-years since Cathy Freeman won gold at the Sydney Olympics, the Cathy Freeman Foundation is calling for people to participate in a virtual run event to foster Indigenous education. The inaugural Stride for Education challenges participants to run, walk or wheel up to 115 kilometres between October 10 and November 10, 2020. This target is the average distance between the Foundation’s partner communities and their nearest major town (Galiwin’ku and Wurrumiyanga in the Northern Territory, and Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland). The aim of the event is to increase support and awareness of the work of the Foundation in…

Legends come out of retirement for bushfire relief

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Cricket legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting will come out of retirement for a star-studded charity game early next month that will raise money for victims of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Cricket Australia today announced a range of initiatives to help those impacted by the fires, with the headline act to be the Bushfire Cricket Bash on February 8, where Warne and Ponting will captain the two sides. Donate to cricket’s Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund Retired stars Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell will also take part, while former men’s Test…