NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird today announced the Rugby League great Nathan Hindmarsh has been appointed as the NSW Government’s Sporting Champion of Western Sydney.
“Western Sydney residents are passionate about their sport and I want to make sure we are seizing every opportunity to boost participation in sport at all levels across the region,” Mr Baird said.
“I have appointed Nathan Hindmarsh as the Sporting Champion of Western Sydney to help the NSW Government identify ways to encourage even more people to play and watch sport in Western Sydney.
“Nathan Hindmarsh is an outstanding sportsman who captained the Parramatta Eels, represented NSW and Australia and played more than 300 NRL games.
“Nathan is a role model to many children and as an elite sportsman he has unique understanding of what needs to be done to help our sporting codes grow.”
Nathan Hindmarsh said he will collaborate and learn from sporting organisations, councils and local communities so we can identify sporting needs and opportunities that are unique to Western Sydney.
“I am passionate about kids’ health and the great role that sporting clubs can play in families and communities. I am extremely honoured to be selected for this role,” Mr Hindmarsh said.
“Western Sydney residents love to play and watch sport and I will look for ways to harness that enthusiasm and make this region the sporting capital of Australia.
“I will now consult widely with sporting codes at all levels to see how we can grow sport in Western Sydney and encourage even more people to participate.”
The Sporting Champion of Western Sydney is an honorary position.