The noticeable drop in temperatures indicates we’re approaching the winter season.
Winter sports are gearing up and Saturday mornings can be as chaotic as any weekday traffic peak, with families getting to and from their sporting commitments.
I’m a huge supporter of sport and participation, and have witnessed the positive impact sport can have on teamwork, fitness and the teaching and learning of social skills.
So it’s great that so many families that reside locally take advantage of the very good facilities we have in our East Auckland area.
These parks and reserves can get very busy with both people and traffic. So be careful not to drop your guard in relation to staying safe.
Don’t leave valuables in your car; laptops, navigation systems and cellphones are targeted, easily removed, and a target for thieves.
Hiding or concealing these valuables within the car or a locked boot may deter would-be thieves, but don’t take the risk.
Always remove these valuables from the car. Ask yourself am I truly going to need this when I’m out and about.
Always lock your car and alarm it, if possible. After a great day of enjoying your favourite sport, it would be extremely disappointing to return to your car to find that thieves have been at work, or even worse – the car gone.
After the day, have a plan if you decide to stay on and enjoy the company of friends within the sports club.
Do not be tempted to drink and drive. The sports clubs in the area have an obligation to make sure that the selling of alcohol is done so responsibly, so that mutually the club members get to enjoy the privilege of having a drink, and their members get home safely.
Sports clubs and teammates have a responsibility to look after each other. Remember alcohol is a leading cause of road deaths in this country.
Enjoy your sport and enjoy the family’s involvement. Be supportive and respectful of others. And give thanks, not overt criticism to the volunteer officials. Without them sport would not be able to function.