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Australia supporting Pacific countries to develop healthier communities through sport


Australia supporting Pacific countries to develop healthier communities through sport

A $14 million competitive grants program funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Sports Commission signifies the opening of the Pacific Sports Partnerships.

"Sport is a wonderful driver for social inclusion and for development, which is why we are providing grants of up to $2.5 million per selected sport to help achieve development outcomes in the Pacific" Minister for Sport Senator Kate Lundy said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite explained; "There are an estimated 800,000 people with disability in the Pacific who face numerous barriers to accessing the same opportunities for social and economic well-being as others.

"That's why the next phase of the program will support Australian sport organisations to work with Pacific sport organisations to use sport as a vehicle to help address non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and improve the lives of people with disability.

"Activities under the program will also empower girls and women and promote safe and more secure communities."

The objectives of the Pacific Sports Partnerships are to:

  • increase regular participation of Pacific islanders in quality sport activities
  • improve health behaviours of Pacific islanders relating to non-communicable diseases
  • improve attitudes towards and increased inclusion of people with disability in Pacific communities.

Australian sporting organisations can contact the Australian Sports Commission for further information about the grants program. Grants are capped at $2.5 million for four years for each sports partnership. Sports will be selected through a competitive grants process.


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Matthew Ruuska


Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 23:00