Broome’s world of sport feeling impact of COVID-19

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While Father McMahon Oval will remain open for recreation, sports nuts like Annie Scanlon and Fraser McDonald are pretty bummed about all the competitive sports getting postponed.
Camera IconWhile Father McMahon Oval will remain open for recreation, sports nuts like Annie Scanlon and Fraser McDonald are pretty bummed about all the competitive sports getting postponed. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

From cancellations to forgoing the traditional post-game handshake, the world of Broome sports has begun feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vast majority of local sporting leagues have announced they will be postponing their respective competitions, training sessions and other associated events to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

From the West Kimberley Football League to Broome Netball Association to dedicated social sports programs at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, sporting clubs and leagues have announced their postponements via social media and emails to players, coaches, officials and parents.

It all comes as different sporting codes across Australia urge all involved to practice social distancing, maintain hygiene and promote good health in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Upcoming sporting tournaments including the Broome Netball Association’s Nets on the Beach fundraiser, NRL WA’s Junior State Championships in Perth and the Lungurra Festival in Looma have also been called off in the process.

Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey said the Shire backed decisions made by State sporting bodies to cancel activities at Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, because it fell in line with advice from the Federal Government.

“While frustrating that COVID-19 is starting to impact our daily lives, the health of our community is paramount and the most important thing to ensure,” he said.

In the midst of the local sports being postponed, the Shire made the call to close the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre until further notice.

However, the Father McMahon and Nipper Roe Ovals will remain open to the public for recreational use.

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