True Sport: Edmund Rice Centre WA thrives on core sportsmanship values

Joe Moniodis.
Joe Moniodis.

MIRRABOOKA-based Edmund Rice Centre WA special projects team leader and coach Joe Moniodis says the True Sport campaign reflected how the centre united all sports under one banner.

True Sport is co-ordinated through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and supported by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.

The centre runs 13 sport and leadership programs for about 300 young people from multicultural backgrounds a week.

It is home to the Common Goal Soccer Academy and football teams, Edmund Rice Lions and Butler Falcons.

Moniodis, who has been working at the centre since 2006, said the values of True Sport were constantly being reinforced within all of the programs.

“These principles are promoted as the foundations of good sportsmanship,” he said.

“We inspire and support our young people to achieve not just beyond their own expectations, or those which society places upon them, but to exceed the expectations society places on its best and brightest.”

His goals were to enable young people to achieve their fullest potential, build bridges between mainstream and diverse Australians, counter the negative stereotypes, and enable education, awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.