2013 Play by the Rules

Sport and sportspeople have dominated the news for all the wrong reasons lately - doping, illegal supplements, match fixing and tanking. It's not a good look for a country that prides itself on being very competitive, but also very fair. The strong public reaction has just reaffirmed how important issues such as 'integrity' in sport are seen and the importance of playing by the rules - win, lose or draw.

If your organisation is spending a lot of time dealing with integrity issues such as discrimination or inappropriate behaviour; if you are having on and off-field issues with players, angry parents or bullying coaches; or if you just don't know how to make your club or sport inclusive for people with disability, those with cultural or religious differences or those from the GLBTI community; then Play by the Rules can help you. We have a stack of resources and tools to assist you in all of these areas - just go to www.playbytherules.net.au for details.

This month we have a few good articles to read on how to counter the 'win at all cost' mentality and ensure we make the emphasis on 'fun' in all our sport, particularly for our kids; and info on all aspects and dangers of enhancing sporting performance.

To counter the negative news we have just released some positive messages from four of Australia's best known sport stars, who have each recorded a 30-second Community Service Announcement for Play by the Rules. The four include: Peter Siddle (Australian Cricket Team); Anna Meares (Cycling Gold Medallist, 2012 Olympics) ; Archie Thompson (Socceroos and Melbourne Victory); and Anna Flanagan (Hockeyroos).

There's also a stack more in this issue - so please enjoy.

The Play by the Rules team

Play by the Rules
C/O Australian Sports Commission
PO Box 176, Belconnen, ACT, 2616, AUSTRALIA

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