TASMANIAN Olympic athlete Tristan Thomas is encouraging young people in the Brighton municipality to participate in athletics and other healthy sporting and recreational activities.
The London Olympian spent this morning with the East Derwent Little Athletics Club at Weily Park, Bridgewater, providing coaching tips and support for the next generation of young athletes.
Brighton Council has appointed Tristan Thomas as a special Community Youth Fitness Ambassador to promote sporting and recreational participation particularly to the municipality’s large youth population.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said Tristan Thomas was a great role model for the youth of the municipality.
“He has shown through his dedication and hard work that you can enjoy your sport and reach the ultimate of representing his country in the Olympic Games,” Cr Foster said.
Tristan Thomas competed in the 400 metres hurdles at the London Olympic, reaching the semi-finals of the highly competitive event.
Cr Foster said Council was keen to encourage community participation is sport and recreation and saw Tristan Thomas as an ideal person to lead the campaign.
“As part of this commitment, Brighton Council proudly provides sporting grounds free-of-charge for youth sport.
“Tristan is an fine young man with an ability to encourage and inspire young people and we are confident his involvement will not only promote participation in little athletic, but also other sports.
“Brighton is a ‘young’ municipality and as well as providing facilities, we need to also encourage healthy pursuits. We will be using Tristan to promote healthy exercise to our young people and the community in general.”
The President of the East Derwent Little Athletics Club Margaret Lewis commended Brighton Council on its initiative of appointing Tristan Thomas and his role as Community Youth Fitness Ambassador.
“Little Athletics offers a wide range of track and field events for children aged between three and 14 years and it is fantastic to have a Tasmanian Olympian to encourage our young athletes,” Ms Lewis said.
“While our focus is not about winning, but about having fun and being involved in a healthy, active lifestyle, Tristan provides and example of what can be achieved if our young athletes want to continue on in the sport.
“Our emphasis is on participation and on athletes improving their performances and I am sure Tristan’s involvement will encourage more young people to join Little Athletics.
“Little Athletics is very family orientated and is one of few junior sports where everyone can get involved. It is ideal for the youth in the Brighton municipality and we look forward to welcoming more participants in the weeks and months ahead,” Ms Lewis said.