Ballinas slip slop slap on the back

Ballinas sun-aware specialists (rear l-r) Stephen Pilcher, Phil Cormick, Brett Ryan and Beryl Emanuel, with (front l-r) Mitchell Gorman, Josh Cormick, Ben McMahon, Jacob McMahon, Brett Emanuel and Ben Pilcher.

The junior cricketers from the Ballina Milo cricket competition have scored a hat-trick in the Cancer Council and Cricket NSW Junior Cricket Sun Safe Competition.

The Ballina Milos have demonstrated a high standard of sun protection by ensuring junior cricketers are wearing sunscreen and broad brimmed hats on the field and that both players and spectators are utilising shade on the sidelines, said Diana Fisher from the Cancer Council. Its great to see both parents and junior cricketers taking sun safety on the cricket pitch just as seriously as the game itself.

According to the Cancer Council, sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes and repeated sunburn before the age of 15 can result in a much higher chance of getting skin cancer later in life.

Its important we teach young cricketers sun safe behaviours at an early age as theyre much more likely to take those good behaviours with them through life, said Diana.

Community cricket manager at Cricket NSW, David Lawson, says the joint campaign and competition has enabled Cricket NSW to emphasise that sun protection is an essential part of playing cricket in Australia.

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