Smarter than Smoking Active Community Development Workshop

 Sonny Martin being attended to by Beagle Bay Smarter than Smoking Active Community Officer Elijah Howard in the Remote First Aid Course

Sonny Martin being attended to by Beagle Bay Smarter than Smoking Active Community Officer Elijah Howard in the Remote First Aid Course

The week of 18 May saw Garnduwa staff come together from across the West Kimberley region to meet in Broome to participate in courses, training and professional development. The first two days staff were locked away for 10 hours updating their skills in the Level 0 and Level 1 Basketball Officiating Course. The course was delivered by Basketball WA’s Jessica Byrnes. Jessica travelled from Perth for a week in the West Kimberley to deliver Level 0 courses for the Broome Basketball Association and Derby Basketball Association. A joint partnership between the two Associations and Garnduwa, with financial support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, saw approximately 40 participants in attendance, including representatives of the Ardyooloon Basketball Association. Twelve of the participants completed the Level 1 Theory of the certificate and will return to Broome in early July to complete their practical assessment to earn a Level 1 Nationally Accredited Officiating certificate.

Continual training and up skilling of volunteers is paramount to the future development of basketball in the Kimberley. This will help keep everyone up to date with rule changes and new policies in line with our State Sporting Association, Basketball WA. Future basketball officiating courses are being planned and will be advertised in the coming weeks.

After two full-on days of basketball, the staff then moved over to the fantastic facilities at St John’s Ambulance to complete the Remote First Aid Course. This course was fully funded by St John’s under the Aboriginal Ambulance Services Project Initiative 2014-2016 and included all course fees and delicious food for the two days. Staff were well looked after and the course was very worthwhile considering the environment they work in.

This workshop was part of Garnduwa’s Smarter than Smoking Active Community Program. Garnduwa would like to thank the Department of Sport and Recreation, Healthway, Basketball WA, Broome Basketball Association and St John’s Ambulance for their contributions, financial or in kind, and assistance with the planning and delivery of all training.

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