2012 Medibank Active Tasmania Awards Mon 9 July 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Sport and Recreation Download hi-res version The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today encouraged Tasmanians to support the many schools, councils and community groups leading the way when it comes to physical activity. Ms O'Byrne said the 2012 Medibank Active Tasmania Awards is providing $31,000 to councils, schools and community groups that promote and facilitate physical activity across Tasmania. "The awards recognise innovation and creativity in promoting the benefits of physical activity, and in creating communities that are active and healthy," she said. "We had 49 entries from schools, councils and community groups across the State last year, so I am looking forward to see the number increase in the 2012 awards." Ms O'Byrne said $3,000 in prize money is available to successful initiatives by local government, schools, and community groups as well as collaborative projects. An $8,000 overall prize is awarded to the winner from one of these categories and schools that display initiative in promoting one or more of the Move Well Eat Well messages can win a further $1,000 prize. "The Medibank Active Tasmania Awards play a tremendous role in spreading the good news about physical activity," Ms O'Byrne said. "Physically active communities are healthier and happier, with improved social activity, support networks and less stress, anxiety and depression."Nominations for the 2012 Medibank Active Tasmania Awards close on Friday, 17 August 2012. For more information, visit www.getmoving.tas.gov.au.