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Date posted: 17 November 2011
Indigenous sports stars at this year's Deadly Awards were keen to talk about how sport and physical activity has opened the doors to a positive and healthy life.
Five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports stars were interviewed by presenters from the Indigenous Newslines radio program at this year's Deadly Awards ceremony in Sydney. These stars were boxer Daniel Geale, tennis legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, basketballer Patrick Mills, netballer Tanisha Stanton, and rugby union player Xavier Bell.
These Indigenous sports heroes gave enthusiastic answers to questions about their sporting histories, role models and career goals. They talked with passion about staying fit, and gave great advice to Indigenous youth about being involved in sport.
'Get out there and have a go,' said 15 year old netball star Tanisha Stanton. 'You'll do well in anything if you put your mind to it and you'll go really well.'
When asked about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, boxing star Daniel Geale - a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner - said, '(It's) massively important. It's easy to train and do everything right physically but you have to have the right diet as well. You have to be putting the right foods and fluids into your body and it makes up the whole. You can't do half the job. You want to do the whole job and diet is definitely important.'
For the full story on how sport has opened doors for these Deadly stars, listen to the online Newslines radio podcast.