DRINKING water and playing sport go hand in hand.
Being hydrated is critical to performance and general health, and now it will be easier for all those playing and visiting Leongatha Splash and Korumburra Recreation Centre to access the healthiest drink of all.
A water refill station has been installed at each venue due to a partnership between South Gippsland Water, South Gippsland Shire Council and GippSport.
GippSport Program Coordinator Gene Parini is thrilled with the outcome.
“What a great result all round! Many people access both centres every week and now they can just refill whenever they want.
“Buying water or even asking someone at a canteen to refill your drink bottle can be a major barrier so having the easy access will be great.”
South Gippsland Water donates a couple of refill stations to the community every year so when it was identified that both centres were keen to have them installed, they were delighted to be involved.
South Gippsland Shire Council has had them installed and the fact that both units are placed outside and accessible anytime, it means anyone in the community can access free tap water.
GippSport, which is funded by VicHealth to promote the consumption of water at sports clubs, acknowledges the commitment by the clubs that use both centres for their support with this project.
“The clubs are really serious about ensuring their athletes are provided the best environment and this is just another step towards that,” Gene said.
“I’ve done some really positive work with many of the South Gippsland clubs around providing team drink bottles supplied by South Gippsland Water as well.”
South Gippsland Water is proud to support greater water consumption within its catchment.
“Our corporation is committed to providing environmentally sustainable water and wastewater services and promoting the consumption of tap water,” said Amy Van Kuyk, Marketing and Community Relations coordinator at South Gippsland Water.
The new fountains will go a long way to increasing water consumption.
The facts around not drinking water are alarming.
Two in three adults and one in four adolescents in Australia are classed as overweight or obese.
Sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) can have up to 16 teaspoons of sugar per bottle which is well above the recommended daily amount.
Diets high in added sugar can lead to unhealthy weight gain and obesity and increase the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer in the future.
“Our sporting clubs are places where we spend a lot of time at,” Gene said.
“For some they can be like second homes so promoting water consumption and having easy access to water is really important.”