Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has announced funding of $131,474 to assist the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service to implement it’s Worimi Sports Leadership Project.

In consultation with community, the Worimi Sports Leadership Project will increase participation of local Aboriginal community members in sport and recreation activities and foster excellence in high-performing individuals through:

  • Providing skill development to community Role Models to gain their coaching certificate and lead teams of community members in their chosen sport
  • Facilitating practical assistance to overcome barriers to active participation in Sport and Recreational activities for Aboriginal people across the life span e.g Administration/Coordination/Transport/Financial Assistance/Communication
  • Developing a sense of community by entering strong teams in local sporting competitions and making connections with broader community in the Forster/Tuncurry region of NSW
  • Offering Sports sponsorships for project participants with demonstrated ability to compete at regional, state and/or national level through a structured Expression of Interest process

Dr Gillespie said the funding for the Tobwabba project was one of 57 successful projects selected as part of the program, Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity.

“Sport is something everyone can be involved in. It cuts across people of all backgrounds. I know Tobwabba are particularly excited about this project as it will help encourage more indigenous members of our community to participate in sport, but also develop their skills in leadership roles in coaching, administration and mentoring,” Dr Gillespie said.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tobwabba on it’s successful project application and look forward to the project being rolled out in the near future.”