Belmont seniors encouraged to get active with SilverSport funding


Lesley Wallis benefitting from SilverSport funding. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d470033
Lesley Wallis benefitting from SilverSport funding. Picture: Martin Kennealey d470033

SENIORS in Belmont are being encouraged to snap up SilverSport funding before the |12-month trial period ends.

The SilverSport program provides financial assistance of up to $200 to put towards sporting club memberships or physical activity program fees.

The City approved more than 300 applications by the end of March.

Resident Lesley Wallis joined the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre gym with her SilverSport funding, and described it as the best decision she’s made.

“For older people like myself it is sometimes difficult to come to grips with not feeling wanted and not being needed. I have gotten around this by improving my energy levels, my sleeping pattern has changed, my eating habits have improved, I have a sense that it is alright to be older, because I can still improve my fitness and strength,” she said.

“I have taken my health into my own hands, and I have control of what happens to my body.”

Mayor Phil Marks encouraged seniors to take advantage of the program before June 30, as the State Government has not committed to extending SilverSport beyond the trial period at this stage.

Applicants must be 60 years or over and have a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card to be eligible – a Seniors Card is not suitable. For more information, visit belmont.wa.gov.au.

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