Brisbane Lions captain visits the Burnett
TO THOSE who call the North Burnett home, sport means a lot more than just exercise.
Speaking at a dinner with AFL Queensland representatives and Brisbane Lions Captain Dayne Zorko, Mayor Rachel Chambers highlighted the integral role sport played within the region.
"Sport is more than a game in outer regional communities,” Cr Chambers said.
"It's a way of socialising, it breaks down barriers, it improves physical and mental health and even provides economic stimulus for our communities via events.
"Sometimes our kids miss out on experiencing various different sports due to our geographic location."
The dinner, which took place at the Gayndah Pub last Thursday, was a cornerstone event during Zorko's country trip to the region during the Brisbane Lions' bye round.
At the dinner, Zorko and AFL Queensland Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Regional Manager Paul Tresise presented Mayor Rachel Chambers with a 2018 Brisbane Lions jersey.
Across Thursday and Friday, Zorko visited six schools in the region in a bid to encourage kids and budding footballers to get active and participate in Australian Rules football.
Two of the schools on the visit, Gayndah State School and Biggenden School, will start NAB AFL Auskick clinics throughout Term 3 of the school year.
The trip also promoted two modified AFLX competitions that will take place from July 26 to September 6 at Gayndah State School for both Under-15 girls and Under-12 mixed age groups.
In total, approximately 450 participants across the six schools had the opportunity to learn about Australian Rules football and meet Zorko ahead of the commencement of both competitions; something Mayor Chambers was delighted with.
"It's wonderful to see AFL Queensland making such a concerted effort to bring AFL to the children of the North Burnett," she said.
"I look forward to our kids having some cool opportunities to test out this sport in the near future."
"Thanks also to Dayne Zorko for coming out to share his love of the game with our communities."
AFL Queensland will also conduct a Holiday Camp in North Burnett on Tuesday July 10 from 10am to 3pm.
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