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The Dominoes Basketball Club has been named Tasmania’s 2023 Good Sports Club of the Year for going above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of its members, inspiring positive change and building a more inclusive club environment.

The Good Sports Awards recognise strong clubs and dedicated people who are passionate about the community and supporting individuals live healthy, happy lives.

The triumph is not the first for the Warrane-based club, having won the 2020 Good Sports Tasmanian Club of the Year award and the runners-up prize in 2022.

Club president Daniel Ogg said Good Sports had helped the entirely volunteer-run club promote healthy behaviours, leading to changed attitudes towards alcohol and other drug consumption.

“Dominoes Basketball Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, having implemented policies that cover alcohol and tobacco management, illegal drugs, mental health and safe transport,” he said.

“We believe that educating families on what a healthy lifestyle looks like has a far-reaching impact beyond the basketball court, helping reduce the likelihood of young people engaging in unhealthy behaviours including risky alcohol consumption, smoking, vaping and other drug use.

“Dominoes prides itself on being a family-oriented club and our older age group leaders are role models to our younger participants.

“Dominoes is more than just a place to play basketball, it’s a place that creates a sense of belonging, promotes positive behaviours and is welcoming of all.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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