Coalition brings the 2014 Commonwealth Games to the classroom

A new range of resources to get primary school students into the spirit of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was launched by Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum and Minister for Education Martin Dixon today at Fitzroy Primary School.

Mr Drum and Mr Dixon joined Victorian Commonwealth Games Association (VCGA) Vice President Mathew Scholes and 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Team members Matson Lawson, Kotuku Ngawati and Melissa Tapper to launch the Commonwealth Games School Education Program.

A range of free resources and activities linked specifically to Commonwealth Games competition was developed by the VCGA with a $90,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Sport and Recreation Development Program.

“With just days before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games get underway, Victorian athletes like Commonwealth Games swimming representatives Matson Lawson and Kotuku Ngawati and table tennis representative Melissa Tapper are in full swing with their preparations to do their best for Australia,” Mr Drum said.

“We’re proud to support an initiative that’s inspiring our primary school kids to get active and healthy by learning about our Commonwealth Games heroes and emulating their achievements.

“Initiatives like these will not only help inspire a new generation to follow in the footsteps of our Commonwealth Games legends, but will help reverse recent and alarming trends that show increasing rates of obesity and inactivity amongst our young people.”

Classroom resource kits provide schools with the chance to create their own small Commonwealth Games competition, with an introduction to various Commonwealth Games sports and promotion of active participation in physical education.

Mr Dixon said Victorian students have a great opportunity to be part of the excitement of the Games.

“I encourage all schools to get involved and bring the Commonwealth Games to life, from inside the classroom, on the sporting field, and in the playground.”

Mr Drum said this latest initiative supports the Napthine Government’s commitment to our Commonwealth Games team, reflected recently in the Premier’s announcement of $450,000 in funding to facilitate the preparations and help meet the travel costs of Victorian athletes competing in the Games.