State government boosts funding for seniors sports in Western Australia

Sport: Last year's winners of the Northam LiveLighter Aged Care Games were Dowerin. Photo: Supplied.

Sport: Last year's winners of the Northam LiveLighter Aged Care Games were Dowerin. Photo: Supplied.

Western Australia's active ageing movement has been given a boost - with the state government increasing funding for the Seniors Recreation Council's Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs.

The not-for-profit Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. (SRCWA) delivers programs and services to encourage older Western Australians to be more physically, socially and mentally active.

Sport and Recreation and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray visited the Council's flagship yearly Have a Go Day event at Burswood Park last week to deliver $40,000 in extra funding for its programs.

He said the funding would continue to help seniors around the state stay active.

"For more than 25 years, the Seniors Recreation Council of WA has played an important role in helping seniors to stay active and engaged," Minister Murray said.

"In recent times the SRCWA has grown its profile in the community, having branched out into new areas, including hosting sessions to help older people use computers and social media.

"The SRCWA does wonderful work throughout the state and this increased funding will allow it to deliver even better physical and mental health outcomes for older Western Australians and our communities at large."

The Council holds events and programs throughout the state - including the LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Pole Walking presentations, and the annual SRCWA Ball.

Every year in March seniors from around the region including Brookton, Goomalling, York and Dowerin come together at Northam Recreation Centre for the aged care games.

It also conducts Tech Savvy Seniors sessions around Western Australia to help older people use modern technology and enjoy the social and emotional benefits of connecting online.

For more information about the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, its programs and upcoming events, visit www.srcwa.asn.au.

How do you think we can keep seniors engaged in sport in the regions? Send a letter to eliza.wynn@avonadvocate.com.au.