Northern Territory Minister for Health David Tollner
NT ‘Wealthy Warriors’ Kicking Goals
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Health David Tollner today joined the Healthy Warriors under 15s squad for their last training session before they head to Perth to represent the Territory next week.
Mr. Tollner said the Healthy Warriors program, a partnership between AFLNT and NT Quitline, aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices to young Territorians while improving their footy skills.
“It is a great initiative using the AFL to help spread healthy smoke-free lifestyle messages to young people across the Territory.” Mr. Tollner said.
“A series of training and development camps were held in regional, remote and urban centres, with a focus on remote Indigenous communities where smoking is prevalent.”
“Around 300 12-15 year olds tried out for the NT Quitline Healthy Warriors representative side at the training days.”
“The 33-strong squad of the Territory’s best U15 AFL players selected will take on WAFL representative sides as a wildcard entry in the U15s tournament next week.” Mr. Tollner said.
“The opportunities will continue for the squad with players invited to try out for next year’s NT under 16s side which competes in a national competition.”
“It is critical that these young people have positive role models like the ones put forward by the NTFL.” Mr. Tollner said.
“The Healthy Warriors will be great role models in their communities and will be able to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained being part of the development program.”
“To promote the benefits of living smoke-free and healthy, educational kits, health screens and lung capacity tests run alongside the football skills development program.” Mr. Tollner said.
There is help and support for anyone looking to quit smoking by contacting the Quitline on 137 848