Shoosh for Kids Week on October 23 to 29 aims to encourage positive behaviour on the sidelines

Westlakes District Netball Association players, from left, Olivia Hebei, Ella Geach and Bree Carrall help deliver the 'Shoosh for Kids Week' message during the winter netball season. The summer version of the campaign is from October 23 to 29. Picture: Supplied
Westlakes District Netball Association players, from left, Olivia Hebei, Ella Geach and Bree Carrall help deliver the 'Shoosh for Kids Week' message during the winter netball season. The summer version of the campaign is from October 23 to 29. Picture: Supplied

YOUR mum was onto something when she told you if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

It’s that philosophy that underpins the Shoosh for Kids Week, from October 23 to 29.

The Office of Sport initiative encourages local sporting organisations around the state to use the week to promote positive behaviour among their members, clubs and associations.

In Lake Macquarie, Southlakes Athletics Centre, which is based at the Dora Creek Workers Club oval, is again among the organisations on board.

Southlakes was an enthusiastic supporter of the program in the first state-wide summer version of Shoosh for Kids Week last year.

Club volunteers handed out flyers to parents and carers outlining the initiative’s aims.

Club president Randall Bailey said Southlakes was again proud to take part.

“Athletics aims to create an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities can shine, and campaigns such as Shoosh for Kids highlight the need for everyone involved to create a positive environment by modelling good behaviour,” Mr Bailey said.

The campaign is well supported across many sports in the Westlakes district.

ON BOARD: Baseball, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, touch football, tennis, softball and swimming are among the sports backing Shoosh for Kids Week. Picture: Georgia Matts

ON BOARD: Baseball, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, touch football, tennis, softball and swimming are among the sports backing Shoosh for Kids Week. Picture: Georgia Matts

“I know Westlakes District Netball Association was among the clubs which took part in the winter version of Shoosh for Kids this year, and Southlakes Athletics Centre is looking forward to taking part again this time,” he said.

“Many parents will have kids in both sports, so we urge our members, and those in the community across the western side of the lake, to look out for the campaign which also has baseball, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, touch football, tennis, softball and swimming involved.”

Adults at sporting events are asked to remember.-

  • if your comment is negative, then SHOOSH!
  • if your comment is directed at a player, then SHOOSH!
  • if your comment is directed at a referee or match official, then SHOOSH!
  • reward good play by both teams with applause. If you can’t, then SHOOSH!
  • show respect to players and game officials. Remember it’s their game!
  • to join the converation at #shooshforkidsweek