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Hatherleigh Golf Club invites community to have a go

2014-01-31 11.10.16

Rebekah Lowe chats with Val Clarke President of Ladies Golf Hatherleigh

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Hatherleigh Golf Club members decided recently that they needed to launch a campaign to increase their numbers and Val Clarke said, “I’ll go and see 5THE FM, they do community announcements.”

Val arrived at 5THE FM’s reception to ask about a community announcements and got more than she had hoped for with a spontaneous spot on air with 5THE FM’s Rebekah Lowe to promote the Hatherleigh Gold Club and their need for new members.

“We are a progressive club, the greens are amazing at the moment and we really want people to know that they are welcome to come and have a go,” she said.

Hatherleigh Competition Days are Thursday each week, beginning at between 9-15 to 9-30am and everyone is welcome.

“You don’t have to be at a certain standard,” she said, “just come and have a go and see if you like it.”

“The club was formed in the early 1970’s and we just want to keep it going, so we’d like people to come and try it, they may like it and decide to stay,” she said.

If you would like further information you can call Val on 8735 9050 0r 0429 359 050

Hospitals open again for heat respite

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The Millicent and Penola hospitals will once again be open to the public for people to stay cool during South Australia’s ongoing very hot weather.

Helen Chalmers, Chief Operating Officer of Country Health SA, said people who are finding it difficult to stay cool in their homes can report to the reception of their local hospital and provision will be made for a cool place to stay during the day.

“Anybody feeling unwell from the heat should continue to present to their GP or hospital in the normal manner,” Helen Chalmers s

SA sport and rec clubs to action extreme heat policy says Minister

Minister Leon Bignell, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation issued this warning today, Friday 31st January. ‘South Australian sport and recreation clubs are urged to put their hot weather policies into action over the coming days, with the State Emergency Service issuing an Extreme Heat Warning.

All sport and recreation organisations, associations and clubs have an obligation to implement these policies for the health and safety of their members, participants and officials (referees and umpires).

This warning comes with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees over the weekend, moving into the high 30s for most of next week.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said prolonged exposure to extreme heat was unsafe for those training or playing sport, as well as those umpiring games.

“We are going to see some very hot days and nights over the coming week so it is very important that sporting and recreation clubs and groups put their hot weather plans into place now and make sure these plans are well-known to everyone involved,” Mr Bignell said.

“Prolonged exposure to extreme heat conditions can cause significant health impacts to those playing sport or training, particularly outdoors or in buildings with no air conditioning.

“Each sport is different and there is no one size fits all policy for extreme heat.

“Depending on the activity being undertaken, available options include cancelling training or matches, moving the times of training or matches and modifying training or matches.”

Mr Bignell said it was important for clubs and associations to plan ahead based on weather predictions and be ready to make early decisions.

He said factors to consider when making decisions about hot weather policies include, the type of playing surface, types of uniforms and protective gear required, game structure and opportunity for breaks and the condition of the athletes and whether they have acclimatised to the local temperature.

“The situation for juniors may be different than for adults, just as the circumstances regarding amateur sport may differ from those of professional sport,” Mr Bignell said.

“Also, people living in different parts of the State may be acclimatised to different weather conditions. For example, a person who lives in the cooler Adelaide Hills and travels to play sport on the Adelaide plains might react differently to someone who lives and trains in Adelaide.”

Parents are also encouraged to make decisions about whether their children participate in a sport or activity during extreme heat.

If you are not sure about exercising in the heat, visit the Sports Medicine Australia – SA Branch website http://www.smasa.asn.au for more information.

To view the weather forecast for South Australia over the next week, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml’

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Source: Minister for Sport and Recreation