THE 800 sportspeople and spectators who visit the Warrnambool Indoor Cricket and Netball Centre each week can take to the court in the safe knowledge that, if they had a heart attack, the centre is equipped with a defibrillator.
The centre's social club, the Action Sports Club, donated a $2300 defibrillator last week.
Club president Kevin Doman said they saw a need due to the large number of people accessing the centre. He said many years ago a club member had died from a heart attack at the centre and he hoped the defibrillator would avoid a similar tragedy occurring again.
The defibrillator was purchased through the Defib Your Club For Life, a not-for-profit organisation to help reduce the number of cardiac related deaths at sporting venues.
The organisation's goal is to put as many defibrillators in to clubs as possible and to empower clubs to react to their own cardiac emergencies with the appropriate equipment and skills prior to ambulance arrival.
Mr Doman said the program supplied batteries and pads for the machine for seven years and club members would be trained in the near future.
Mr Doman said about 30 social members met on Thursday nights after cricket, and fund-raisers and social events had been organised to raise the money.
He said that, over the years, the club had built its own social club rooms at the centre, paid some regional competition entry fees over the years and contributed in other ways, as the centre evolved to host a range of sports.
"I started down there when it opened in '83 and it's a second home," Mr Doman said.
"We've got 13 (cricket) teams at the moment, whereas it used to be (indoor cricket) six days a week. Now it's full of netball and soccer," Mr Doman said.
Story: Madeleine McNeil.
Picture Vicky Hughson
Tue, July 17, 2012
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