The largest university sporting event to be held in Bunbury this year – the 2017 Western University Games sponsored by Healthway to promote a safe drinking message and Road Safety Commission to promote a safe driving message – begins Sunday 2 July.
Expected to attract more than 750 student-athletes from across Western Australia, the 2017 Western University Games will be held from 2-5 July offering 12 sports. Alcohol. Think Again will be prominent throughout the competition prompting everyone involved to review their consumption of alcohol with peers.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp is pleased the competition is being held in Bunbury.
“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels of sport across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.
“Student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying. This type of engagement in turn contributes to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education.”
Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey, says “Healthway will work with Australian University Sport to promote a safe drinking message to young university students, the next generation of community leaders in Western Australia.”
“Drinking alcohol increases the risk of accidents, injuries and health problems,” Ms De Lacey said. “Healthway sponsorships promoting Alcohol.Think Again have resonated extremely well with young people by prompting them to review how much alcohol they drink, including drinking less.”
Healthway encourages people to look for more information about alcohol and health at www.alcoholthinkagain.com.au.
Road Safety Acting Commissioner Chris Adams said the Games provided an important opportunity to start the road safety conversation with young drivers, including overseas students who are perhaps not familiar with our roads and road rules.
“Young drivers continue to be over-represented in road trauma statistics in Western Australia,” said Mr Adams.
“Any opportunity to highlight the dangers of drink or drug driving either through education campaigns or by providing road safety grants for events such as the 2017 Western University Games, is a chance to save lives on WA roads.”
Mr Adams encouraged all Games participants to visit the Road Safety Commission website, www.rsc.wa.gov.au, for more information on the risks and penalties associated with drink and drug driving.
The 2017 Western University Games is one of four Regional Unigames held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2017 Australian University Games (24-29 September) in Gold Coast.
The 2017 Western University Games is managed by Australian University Sport, the peak governing body of university sport in Australia and is sponsored by Healthway.