The Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) recently joined together with ACHPER to conduct an education workshop for HPE teachers from across Australia at their Canberra headquarters. The main focus of the workshop was to share some of the new educational resources that ASADA has developed as well as brainstorming how else ASADA could support teachers to deliver sport integrity messaging.
Anti-doping education might seem like something that only matters to those elite athletes competing on the world stage and being tested. But ASADA’s education team care about more than just the top 1% of athletes and are always investigating ways to further spread this message. ASADA Director of Education and Innovation Alexis Cooper said ASADA cares about the health of all Australians, and “our education is aimed at preventing doping at every level of sport – from elite all the way to grassroots.”
“Doping goes against the very meaning of sport and the values Australians hold about fair competition. Instilling those values at a young age, while attitudes are still being formed, is crucial”, Cooper said.
That’s why ASADA, in partnership with Sport Australia and the National Integrity of Sport Unit, held the first Integrity in Sport Teacher Professional Development Workshop. The workshop convener, ASADA’s Senior Education Officer Cheryl Kalthofen, said topics included anti-doping, match fixing, illicit drugs in sport, supplements and ethics in sport.
“Sport integrity is actually part of the senior Health and Physical Education national curriculum, and our intention is to help make it as easy as possible for teachers to weave sport integrity into their classrooms”, Kalthofen said.
Kane Greenaway (Hale School) and Matt Donaldson (PLC), who represented WA at the Canberra workshop, will be joined by Cheryl Kalthofen (ASADA) for the ACHPERWA state conference in November to present a workshop focused on enhancing teachers’ knowledge about sport integrity issues, as well as sharing the many educational resources and teaching strategies ASADA has developed.
You can register for the conference early bird special by clicking here.