Support Your Team Mates on End of Season Trips Sun 16 September 2012 Brian Wightman Labor Member for Bass Labor Member for Bass Brian Wightman today urged anyone attending an end of season trip with a sporting club to be mindful of their own safety and that of their club mates. Mr Wightman said the shocking death of AFL player John McCarthy had highlighted how a single moment on an end of season trip could leave a tragic legacy. "In an environment where everyone is away from home, letting off some steam and concentrating on having a good time with their team mates, it can expose people to risk-taking behaviour. "Everyone knows that when alcohol is involved, judgement can be affected and a person's normal risk aversion inhibited. "Unfortunately, that's when incidents can occur." Mr Wightman said while end of season trips were often an important part of a sporting club's team bonding, people attending such trips needed to take their safety seriously. "It is second-nature for sportsmen and women to watch out for their team mates' welfare on the playing field, and I would encourage them to do so off the field on end of season trips as well. "If someone needs a bit of break or has been celebrating a bit too hard, their team mates have a role to play to make sure they stay safe."I know many sporting clubs have an extremely responsible approach to their end of season trips and successfully run such events without incident year after year. "We all want a club's end of season trip to be one remembered for the right reasons - and everyone has a role to ensure players and officials come home safely," Mr Wightman said.