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The importance of active cities

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods industry is calling on the NSW state government to include ‘health and wellbeing’ as objectives in proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Executive director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Shannon Walker, said “Our members understand that it is easier for individuals to achieve their health and physical activity goals if the infrastructure surrounding them facilitates movement and exercise.” “Given the Act is the cornerstone of how towns and cities are planned for the future in NSW, we’re...
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April 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Exercise fights ageing Sweat the future of wearables? Exploitation in the Indian leather industry Encouraging people to walk more The muddy rise of obstacle courses Sport specialisation can increase injury risk in kids Tackling physical health can improve mental health Physical activity starts declining at seven years old       Exercise fights ageing Mayo Clinic scientists may have just discovered the fountain of youth, according to an article on the Psychology Today website. And this magic elixi...
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Helping sporting goods businesses achieve their goals

The Australian Sporting Goods Association is dedicated to helping businesses in the sporting and active lifestyle sector achieve their goals. The ASGA Board has developed a list of areas we believe are important to all businesses in the sporting and active lifestyle sector. We’d like your feedback on which of these seven areas are most important to your business. If you run a business involved in the sporting and active lifestyle goods sector we'd love to hear from you. Please take a minute or two to fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBB7BSY Once we've collated everyon...
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March 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report A well-respected group of active wear retail and marketing experts have predicted a strong future for female active wear, in the latest stage of ASGA’s Active Wear: Forecasting future trends in female consumer behavior research project. Australian active wear businesses are very fortunate. Through this research, they have the rare opportunity to take advantage of the distilled wisdom and insights from some of Australia’s best active wear marketers and retailers. The experts, from companies including Nike, adidas, Stylerunner, Under Armour and ...
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Industry experts predict future of female active wear

A well-respected group of active wear retail and marketing experts have predicted a strong future for female active wear, in the latest stage of ASGA’s Active Wear: Forecasting future trends in female consumer behaviour research project. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “Australian active wear businesses are very fortunate. Through this research, they have the rare opportunity to take advantage of the distilled wisdom and insights from some of Australia’s best active wear marketers and retailers.” The experts, from companies including Nike...
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March 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Why sport is so important for education Physical activity can lower depression rates Popular sports shouldn’t get all the attention UK Rugby Players' Association tackles mental health issues Is ‘inspiration’ hindering participation? Fitness trackers and apps causing harm? How to grow old like an athlete Getting more women into golf Strength training key to helping obese teens       Why sport is so important for education According to a recent article on the European Commission’s website, sport a...
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February 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report Last month I welcomed the appointment of the new Minister for Sport and Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. We’re pleased Minister Hunt has been appointed as the Minister for Health and Sport. By continuing to link health and sport, the Government is showing a very real understanding of how sport and physical activity can have an enormous influence on health outcomes for Australians. However, I’d also suggest that, with the Health portfolio such a massive job, appointing a junior sport minister to assist Mr Hunt would be a great idea. As noted in ...
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February 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Paying employees to exercise at work Running helps kids perform better in school Australian sport has more than 51 million social media followers Taiwanese start-up creates first ‘smart’ baseball Sport specialisation leads to more injuries New English stats show levels of physical activity Moving equals happiness Olympic success has encouraged more girls into sport       Paying employees to exercise at work The CEO of IT firm Hootsuite has written an engaging article about the importance of compa...
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December 2016 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report On behalf of the Board I’d like to wish a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all ASGA members and Newsletter subscribers. The past year has been an extremely busy one for ASGA, with a number of resignations and new appointments at the Board level, several new members and major work on our women’s active wear research project: Active Wear: Forecasting Future Trends in Female Consumer Behaviour. We also started work on a new strategic plan to guide the future direction of ASGA and will be continuing that work into 2017. I’d like to thank A...
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ASGA welcomes release of first set of AusPlay sports participation data

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods industry welcomes the launch of the first set of results from AusPlay, the new sport and recreation participation survey by the Australian Sports Commission. Released today by the Minister for Sport, AusPlay is the official Government research that not only tracks Australian sport participation behaviours but also informs investment, policy and sport delivery. Executive director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Shannon Walker, said “ASGA has been calling for a national sports participation survey since the old ERASS surve...
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