By KATE LUNDY (Federal Minister for Sport)
So many things are constantly running through your mind as a parent.
How will I teach my kids what is right and what is wrong? How will I make sure they’re tough enough to defend themselves when needed but still caring and compassionate?
How do I push them to be the best person they can be? How do I show them that hard work pays off? How do I make them realise that leadership and working as a team are part of the same skill set?
Any parent who has watched their shy and uncertain child blossom into a confident team player when they put on their team uniform knows that sport offers one of the best places for these lessons to be learned.
Each weekend in any given community, be it on football fields or netball courts across Australia, kids learn valuable life lessons through the triumphs and tribulations of the sport they play.
And through their sports heroes they find inspiration that compels them to stay physically active, to aspire to greatness and be a part of something bigger, a team culture that offers and sense of belonging and camaraderie.
This is the power of sport, and it’s worth protecting.