The Bundaberg Region's sport and recreation diversity was on show at the ninth MOVE It Expo today at the Multiplex.
Mother-of-five Sherylea Jones knows how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle, and it’s something she has instilled in her children from a young age.
Attending the MOVE It Expo at the Multiplex on Sunday, gave Sherylea an opportunity to speak with a number of sports organisations, to cater for each of her children, under the one roof.
She praised the organisers saying it was wonderful to have such a variety of sporting options in the one location.
“It’s important to keep kids healthy, and among team sports, which is huge for us as a family,” she said.
“Children who do sport don’t have time to get in trouble.
“And all my kids have always been pretty sporty.”
With a mix of both boys and girls Sherylea said there was something for each of her children at the MOVE It Expo, whether it was finding out more about football, softball, or gymnastics.
“I really like the fact you can come to a central location and see what is on offer; it was only a little while ago that I put a post on Facebook asking what was available for each age group, and not many people knew. So, this is a good central hub.
“And the kids have been excited about this day since they heard it on radio a few weeks ago.”
Bundaberg is a proud sporting community
Council’s portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said the free event, sponsored by Rebel Sport, attracted a line-up of people before the doors had opened.
He said The MOVE It Sport, Health & Fitness Expo hosted annually by Council was the signature event for sport, health, fitness, and recreational activities in the Bundaberg Region.
“It’s exciting to see the community coming back together after the restrictions we had last year,” he said.
“There is a wide variety of exhibits here, and it’s not only sports, but also allied health and fitness.
“People have definitely come along early and with huge smiles on their faces, the seems to be enjoying a taste of what is available.”
Cr Habermann said the Bundaberg Region had a long-standing history of sport greats that came from the area, and the community should be proud of this.
“Sport, and recreation, is a good thing to get into and I encourage everyone to be active and be alive,” he said.
“Bundaberg is a proud sporting town, and lots of great champions, coaches, administrators and volunteers have come from here.”
Bundaberg PCYC gymnastic coordinator Hayley Ifield said MOVE It Expo was a great opportunity to showcase the sport.
“We are hoping to draw more awareness about gymnastics and promote programs such as kindergym, which is aimed at the under-5s.
“We do run all age groups, from naught to 99, and people only have to give us a call to find out more on 4154 2813.”
Children of all ages tested their skills in the modified field hockey program, organised by Bundaberg Hockey Association.
Bundaberg Hockey Association president Helen Cislowski said the blow-up field was a hit, and it didn’t matter if participants were interested in hockey, she said it was just great to see children giving sport a go.
“We are family friendly, and all clubs are, we try and work around families and tailor a lot of our programs to school holidays,” she said.
“We are really welcoming and lots of fun.
“And you can see lot of kids are having fun here today at the MOVE It Expo.”
Rebel Sport was a proud sponsor of the MOVE It Expo for the third year running, supplying $2000 of in-store vouchers to the event.
There was also a multitude of prizes to be won for event-goers, stall holders and sporting organisations alike.