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Get in the Game, sport

With the Commonwealth Games under way, athletes are getting behind Sporting Schools to help encourage school children to play sport.

In conjunction with Commonwealth Games Australia and Athletics Australia, marathon runner Chris Hamer helped spread his love of sport during a Sporting Schools visit in the ACT last month. 

Check out the fun had by all at Covenant Christian School in the video above.

Our social media campaign kicked off with Australian Jackaroo Barrie Lester and will feature Commonwealth Games athletes from a variety of sports, including boxing, badminton, athletics, squash and diving.

There are a range of messages from the athletes, such as “Do the best you can, have fun”; “Give all sports a go when you are young, it could surprise you which one you fall in love with” and “Whether you win or lose, shake your opponents hand and congratulate them”.

Para athlete Cameron Crombie says sport was always such an important part of his childhood.

“Whether it was developing an attitude of dedication, discipline, competition, teamwork or just doing it because you were making new friends and challenging yourself to do something you've never done before,” he says.

“If I'm in my 90s on a bowling green or on a golf course, then I'll know I've had a pretty good life!”

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an athletics program at your school? Check out all the details on the Athletics Australia page.

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