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Disability Framework updated

19 February 2014

Following consultation with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, Sport and Recreation Tasmania has recently completed the review and update of the Tasmanian sport and active recreation framework for people with disability.

Verdun Howell inducted to Sporting Hall of Fame

26 November 2013

Champion fullback Verdun Howell has joined fellow Tasmanians Darrel Baldock and Ian Stewart from the legendary 1966 St Kilda team, as a member of the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

PPAC local government forum agenda released

15 November 2013

The agenda for the Premier’s Physical Activity Council’s local government forum (6 December) has just been released. This FREE information forum is specifically tailored for local government and interested community organisations and we would love you to attend.

2013 Water Safety Week

11 November 2013

The start of Water Safety Week 2013 provides an excellent opportunity to explore the range of safe water activities available around Tasmania.

NISU presentation now online

6 November 2013

Mr Andrew Godkin, the head of the National Integrity of Sport Unit, last month briefed state sporting organisations on integrity issues relevant to the sector.

Mr Godkin has provided a copy of his presentation, which can be accessed here.

Protecting the integrity of sport

15 October 2013

Tasmanian sporting organisations have been briefed on efforts to protect the integrity of Australian sport.

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O’Byrne, said the head of the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU), Andrew Godkin, conducted a forum with state sporting organisations in Hobart last night.

Member Protection Information Officer training

8 October 2013

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recently updated its training for Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO).

As part of the change Sport and Recreation Tasmania will be rolling out the face-to-face workshops in Tasmania wide over the next 12 months. 

Growth in junior water polo

1 October 2013

The new format of the 16 and Under National Club Championships, being held in Hobart this week, was the result of a growing number of teams entering the competition.

Hawthorn Community Sport Forum (FREE) - 7 February 2013

15 January 2013

Register now for the 2013 Hawthorn Community Sport Forums  - 6 February (Launceston) and 7 February (Hobart).

Encouraging the spirit of cricket in our emerging sports stars

14 January 2013

Austraia's cricket starts of the future were on show in Hobart in December, taking part in the Men's Under 17 National Champsionships. 

Greater community access to school sports grounds

1 January 2011

The local community and sporting clubs are set to reap the rewards of an innovative arrangement whereby schools and councils share sports grounds.

Tasmania proving itself a mountain bike hot-spot

22 December 2012

The opening of the Kingborough Mountain Bike Park at Kingston enhances Tasmania's growing reputation as a mecca for the sport of mountain biking.

Supporting our surf lifesavers

19 December 2012

The Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, today opened further upgrades to two Tasmanian surf lifesaving clubs, part of a $2.44 million funding commitment by the Tasmanian Government.

Better sports facilities benefit whole community

16 December 2012

The Premier, Lara Giddings MP, has opened a new community sporting facility for one of Tasmania’s most picturesque sporting grounds, the Woodbridge Oval.

North East Mountain Bike Project

14 December 2012

The North East Mountain Bike Project has moved a major step forward with the Tasmanian Government providing funds for detailed planning of the $4.2 million proposal.

2013 TIS scholarships announced

13 December 2012

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today announced the 2013 Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) scholarships, which will help 90 athletes in 14 sports further develop their careers.

2012 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year - Daniel Geale

12 December 2012

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O’Byrne MP, has announced world champion boxer Daniel Geale as the 2012 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.

Supporting sporting excellence on and off the field

10 December 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania is providing $1184 500 through its 2013 State Grants Program (SGP) to help develop and grow Tasmania’s sport and recreation sector.

Human rights award recognises sporting excellence

6 December 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania (SRT) has worked with the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to establish and sponsor a Sporting Organisations Award as part of Human Rights Week.

New track connects our past, present and future

4 December 2012

The Premier, Lara Giddings MP, has opened the new Brickfields Track, which provides the Kingborough community with an important historical and recreational trail.

Water Safety Week 2012

3 December 2012

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today urged Tasmanians to enjoy their water activities in safety this summer.

Burnie Dockers kicking goals for mental health

30 November 2012

The all-conquering Burnie Dockers Football Club has been kicking goals off the field in 2012 as ell, championing awareness of depression and anxiety in the local community.

Finalists for Tasmanian Athlete of the Year 2012

28 November 2012

Six outstanding Tasmanian athletes are the finalists for the Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Athlete of the Year 2012.

Community gains access to school sports grounds

27 November 2012

A new partnership between the Tasmanian Government and a Clarence City Council has provided new community access to sporting facilities on Hobart's Eastern Shore.

Celebrating Tasmania's very own yacht race

20 November 2012

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today launched the 2012 The Good Guys Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race.

Ms O'Byrne said the Launceston to Hobart, now in its sixth year, was developing a growing reputation amongst the Tasmanian sailing community.

Have your say on ethics in sport

12 November 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania (SRT), in conjunction with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner is currently developing an Ethics in Sport Framework (the framework).

Eade and Wells inducted into Sporting Hall of Fame

5 November 2012

Hockey international Matthew Wells and Australian football icon Rodney Eade have been inducted into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Indigenous Tennis Come and Try Day

24 September 2012

Evonne Goolagong is hosting an Indigenous Tennis Come and Try Day in Hobart in October.


The day is part of the Learn Earn Legend! initiative which aims to encourage and support young Aboriginal children to stay at school, get that job and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community.

Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame nominations open

3 September 2012

The search is on for outstanding sports men and women to join the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is Tasmania’s highest sporting honour and provides lasting recognition for the extraordinary achievements and sportsmanship of our many great athletes.

Tribute to Robin Hood AM

22 August 2012

Tasmania's sporting community is mourning the passing of sports administrator Robin Hood AM. Robin gave a lifetime of service to developing the sport and recreation sector in Tasmania, and was instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

New link for popular recreation areas

14 August 2012

The Minister for Economic Development, David O'Byrne MP, today opened an important new link between two of Hobart's most-loved recreation areas, Bellerive Beach and Bellerive Bluff.

Celebrating Aboriginal footballers

9 July 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania joined in the celebration of Aboriginal footballers at the Rocherlea versus George Town match in Launceston in June.

Each year the Rocherlea Football Club hosts the indigenous football round, featuring a match between the Rocherlea Tigers and an opposition team from division one of the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA).  

A sporting way to celebrate the gift of life

29 June 2012

Tasmanian Transplant Games teamThe Australian Transplant Games are all about participation, quality of life and celebrating the generosity of donors.

The 2012 games are being held in Newcastle from September 29, providing a multi-sport event for those who with an organ or tissue transplant.

Many recipients have been ill for lengthy periods of time and unable to participate in any sport.

The Transplant Games gives them something to aim for, helping maintain a level of activity and fitness that benefits their overall health and well-being.

Boom Boom Bowls a formula for fun

29 June 2012

Boom Boom Bowls kidsBoom Boom Bowls is a fun, safe, challenging and rewarding introduction to bowls and positive sporting behaviour for children aged 7 and up.

The East Launceston Bowling & Community Club began the innovative program as a way to introduce children to the basic skills and values of the sport as well as develop the club’s long-term future.

So far the club has run four sessions with 40 participants through a partnership with the Launceston PCYC.

The early feedback has been positive and the club is hoping to make Boom Boom Bowls a weekly fixture.

Deba inspires young hoop dreams

26 June 2012

Deba George and Lincoln BirchBasketball star Deba George is making the most of his downtime with the Hobart Chargers, working with young members of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community.

Deba recently teamed up with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) to host a school holiday Aussie Hoops basketball clinic.

The clinic was spread out over two days and involved 32 students aged between 11 and 15 years, Deba and TAC staff. 

Kellie Wilkie profile

25 June 2012

As well as a record number Tasmanian athletes headed to London for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, there is a dedicated group of coaches, trainers and officials. Among them is physiotherapist Kellie Wilkie, who has been selected as part of the Australian Rowing Team.

Financial assistance for Tasmania's 2012 Olympians

22 June 2012

The Premier, Lara Giddings MP, has announced funding to support Tasmanian athletes and officials taking part in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

New lights signal extra time for Sorell

15 June 2012

The new training lights at Pembroke Park New lights at Pembroke Park will provide the Sorell community with greater opportunities to participate in sport and recreation.

The Tasmanian Government provided $80 000 towards the new lights through Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s Major Grants Program.

The training lights will extend use of the Park by five hours per day during winter, increasing sport and recreation opportunities for clubs and the general community.

Eighteen sport organisations will receive more than $800 000 from Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s (SRT) Major Grants Program for 2011-12.

The projects assisted by the 2011-12 Major Grants Program are estimated to benefit more than 21 000 Tasmanians.

20 good reasons to get active

6 June 2012

Verity ClelandVerity Cleland, a postdoctoral reseach fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), recently presented research on physical activity to a Hobart audience.

Verity recently joined the Premier's Physical Activity Council (PPAC) along with new chair Graeme Lynch (see story).

For those who weren't able to attend you can access Verity's presentation here.

New gymnastics centre more than a labour of love

5 June 2012

openning_118_-_CopyGreg and Felicity Harvey love gymnastics. So much so they've paid for a brand-new gymnastics centre on Hobart's Eastern Shore, providing a state-of-the-art facility for more than 200 athletes.

Local gymnasts were left without a place to practice after their old trampoline club was wound-up.

That's when Felicity, already clocking up more than 30 hours a week as a volunteer, and Greg, stepped in.

The couple invested $1.5m in the new Eastside Activity Centre, which services individual gymnasts, schools, child-care centres, clubs and disability groups.

Sharing ideas for physical activity

23 May 2012

The Premier’s Physical Activity Council (PPAC) has hosted a free information forum to encourage and support local government and community organisations to get involved with physical activity policy, planning, infrastructure and programs. Local_Government_Forum_18_May_12_310

The forum was a fantastic opportunity for local government representatives and interested community organisations to find out how they can get involved with physical activity in their community and why it is important.

Topics included The Healthy Communities Toolkit, The Healthy Workers Initiative and Workplace Health and Wellbeing Advisory Service as well as local case studies from Sorell Council and Dodges Ferry Primary School.

Strong community role for indoor bowls centre

21 May 2012

Mike_McHugo_Allen_Sculthorpe_LG_-_CopyThe new Donald Hazell Indoor Bowls Centre in Kingston is an asset for the whole community to enjoy.

The Tasmanian Government, through the Sport and Recreation Tasmania major grants program, has provided $80 000 towards the new Centre.

The Centre boasts eight international standard rinks, giving southern Tasmanian a year-round bowls facility.

New health and safety laws -what sporting club and associations need to know

15 May 2012

Health and safety laws concerning volunteers are changing, and there are several facts that your sporting club or association and you should know.

More sporting chances for Longford

14 May 2012

A new synthetic green, opened Saturday at the Longford Bowling Club will provide the local community with increased sporting opportunities.

Sport and racism - have your say

1 May 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania (SRT) strongly encourages all members of Tasmania's sport and recreation sector to have their say about sport and racism, by completing a survey as part of the National Anti-Racism Strategy.

Devonport to Quoiba cycleway complete

30 April 2012

Devonport cyclists and walkers can now enjoy the benefits of a network of paths that connect the city’s southern and northern foreshores following the completion of the final stage of the network: the Devonport to Quoiba cycleway.

Healthy half-time tips for parents and coaches

30 April 2012

As young Tasmanians embark on another winter sporting season, parents and coaches are being reminded about healthy eating habits on and off the field.

Olympics countdown begins

24 April 2012

With less than 100 days to go until the 2012 Olympic Games in London a number of Tasmanian athletes have confirmed their place in the Australian team.

New chair for Premier's Physical Activity Council

24 April 2012

The Premier Lara Giddings has announced Graeme Lynch, chief executive officer at the Heart Foundation (Tasmania), as the new chair of the Premier’s Physical Activity Council (PPAC).

2012 Linton Kerber Memorial Scholarship

23 April 2012

Tasmanians keen to influence the future of sport and recreation in the State are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Linton Kerber Scholarship.

Disability Sport Network Forum

18 April 2012

There's been a positive response to the third Disability Sport and Recreation Network forum hosted by Sport and Recreation Tasmania giving those who took part some great ideas about how sport and disability organisations can work together.

PPAC Local Government Forum

29 March 2012

The Premier’s Physical Activity Council (PPAC) invites you to attend a FREE information forum. The forum is specifically tailored for Tasmanian local government, and also available to interested community organisations.

Harmony Day 2012 - 'everyone belongs' through sport

21 March 2012

Sport and Recreation Tasmania has joined with the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and several state sporting organisations to mark Harmony Day 2012 (March 21).

Cycling track benefits already showing

10 March 2012

A new cycling track funded through the Trails and Bikeways program is making a difference to the people of Campania.

New Glenorchy criterium circuit

5 March 2012

The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon MP, joined Hobart’s cycling community on Saturday to open the new criterium circuit at Tolosa Park in Glenorchy.

Golf proves a winner for globetrotting Ben

27 February 2012

Veteran golfer Ben Clifford may not have the profile of Matthew Goggin but he has a list of titles and a passport to make most players green with envy.

State Boccia Championships

22 February 2012

Boccia players from around Tasmania have for the first time competed for a State Championship.

Cyber safety a hot topic

21 February 2012

New smoking rules - what it means for sport

17 February 2012

From next month, sportsgrounds will become one of several new smoke-free areas to protect competitors and spectators alike from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke.

Orienteers hit the botanical trail

15 February 2012

There's been a positive response to the debut of trail orienteering at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Hawks put their sports abilities to the test

9 February 2012

Players from the Hawthorn Football Club were shown some unlikely new moves at the Hobart UniGym Sports Ability Hub this week.

Tackers sailing pathways to success

23 January 2012

The new Tackers program being run by Yachting Tasmania in 2012 introduces sailing to primary school children, particularly those who would not normally consider the sport.

Geilston Bay cycleway open

16 January 2012

The Minister for Economic Development, David O'Byrne MP, today opened the newly completed Geilston Bay Trail, part of Hobart’s Clarence Foreshore Trail.

2012 Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship announcements

9 December 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Rebecca White MP, today announced the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) 2012 scholarships, with 104 scholarships being awarded to athletes in 16 sports.

Tasmanian Athlete of the Year 2011

8 December 2011

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O’Byrne MP, has announced cyclist Matthew Goss as the 2011 Southern Cross Tasmanian Athlete of the Year

Spectacular scenery to entice mountain bikers to Hobart

5 December 2011

Mt Wellington’s spectacular views will soon be enticing mountain bikers from near and far following today’s opening of the Wellington Park North South Track

Football Olympians Join the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame

25 November 2011

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O’Byrne, today welcomed two of the state’s football champions, Dominic Longo and the late Alistair Rattray, into the Tasmanian Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Hobart.

A-League Team business case report now available

1 November 2011

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body of football in Australia. FFA also manages the national competition, the Hyundai A-League, which consists of 10 teams from across Australia and New Zealand.

In early 2008, a group of Tasmanian business people with a shared interest in football formed a Taskforce to explore the possibility of the State bidding for a license to compete in the A-League competition.

Boxing and combat sports regulation paper

1 October 2011

A discussion paper and submission form for the potential regulation of boxing and combat sports in Tasmania now available.

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