St Peter Chanel running for sports award

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St Peter Chanel running for sports award

St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Smithton has been recognised for excellence in delivering fun, safe and inclusive sporting activities to children through the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program. The school is now in the running for the 2012 Tasmanian Super Site Award against other schools and after-school care centres across the state that have been recognised for excellence in delivering the AASC program.

Children at St Peter Chanel have had the opportunity to get active after school by trying a number of activities including; athletics, circus, cricket, hockey, inline hockey, netball and pickleball.

St Peter Chanel Principal Annette McCulloch  said, “We are really proud of the difference the AASC program is making. It’s fun and non-competitive, therefore even children that may be less active are joining in and developing more healthy habits.

"It’s great to be recognised for our success in delivering this program.  We have a dedicated team, lead by Jo Cartledge, whose professionalism and commitment to encouraging children to be active is outstanding. The support from Mr David Munns, the Cradle Coast Regional Co-ordinator, has also been invaluable and is a major factor in the success of our AASC program. The biggest reward is watching the children develop self-confidence and having a go at different activities that they normally wouldn’t have had the chance to enjoy."

To help with the celebrations, Federal Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, was on hand to present the school with their award.

“This free program can only result in lasting health and social benefits for the individuals who participate and our entire community,” Sidebottom said. 

The winning site will be announced in November and will receive a trophy and a $500 voucher for sporting equipment.

The AASC program is an Australian Government initiative delivered by the Australian Sports Commission in up to 3270 schools and outside school hours care services across Australia. Each term, up to 190,000 children participate in up to 70 different sports and 20 structured physical activities after school. For more information about the AASC program visit

L-R: AASC Co-ordinators Narelle Sheehan, Jo Cartledge, Lynda Ling, (Sid Sidebottom MP) and Brock Cartledge being presented with the award by Sid Sidebottom