Victorian women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and out-do the men and boys at this year’s Premier’s Active April challenge.
Acting Minister for Sport Philip Dalidakis today joined AFL Women’s Melbourne Demons skipper Daisy Pearce, Western Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan and Melbourne Vixens netballer Kate Moloney at Treasury Gardens to officially open registrations for this year’s initiative.
They joined ambassador Peter Hitchener and students from Lynbrook Primary School in a special sport ‘code swap’ encouraging everyone to step out of their comfort zone and give a new sport a try.
Last year more than 104,000 people made a pledge to do 30 minutes of exercise each day during April, and collect some great prizes.
Of these registrations, 60 per cent were women. This wave is tipped to continue with record numbers of women and girls expected to sign up to get involved at grassroots clubs across Victoria.
2017 is a landmark year for women’s sport with the inaugural AFL Women’s league now underway.
Recent research shows Victorian women are now outperforming men when it comes to keeping active. It reveals 61 per cent of women are exercising at least three times a week compared to 57 per cent of men.
Getting involved in Active April can be as simple as taking a regular walk, riding to school or work, exercising during your lunch break, getting out in the garden or joining your local sports club.
People can sign up as an individual or you can get your friends, family or work colleagues together to form a team. Last year saw nearly 11,000 teams join and motivate each other to stay active.
This year participants will benefit from a new mobile app that records their physical activity, the time they spend exercising, and allows groups to track and compare their progress.
Sign up today at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Registrations are open until April 30.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Sport Philip Dalidakis
“As a busy father of three, I know it can be hard to find time to exercise but we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make the time.”
“Active April is a fun and free way to get fit and healthy, and win some great prizes along the way.”
“The stirring success of AFL Women’s on the weekend will help to inspire more women and girls to play sport and pursue their dreams – and Active April is a great place to start.”