Students help promote 'One punch'
WARWICK Police, Warwick AFL, rugby union and rugby league clubs and Warwick State High School have united to stop violence on and off the playing field.
The One Punch Can Kill campaign is an initiative aimed at reducing violence in sport throughout the Southern Downs.
AFL Redbacks football operations manager Colin Pope said the program would help curb violence in sport in Warwick and other regions.
“All the codes are behind the campaign and their steering committees are supportive of flying the banner at home and away games,” Mr Pope said.
Students from Warwick State High School were approached by Senior Sergeant Stewart Day and Sarah Ellis of the Warwick Police to come up with a banner design to convey the message in December last year.
Out of 13 entries, there was one clear winner – a design by Year 10 student, Alec Duncan and Year 12 student, Megan McIntosh.
“I’ve never won anything like this before,” Mr Duncan said.
“It was fun and it’s a good project to help prevent violence in the area,” he added.
Miss McIntosh said some people can take violence in sport and in the playground as light-hearted argy bargy.
“It is definitely not a joke,” she said.
Local artist Carla Clayton worked with the winners to come up with a banner from their design.
The program is unique to the Warwick Police district and Sergeant Day was pleased to see kids getting on board.
“Each of the winners received $50 for their hard work and a big thankyou to them for their participation,” he said.