Junior sports hit parents? pockets

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ALTHOUGH good for children's health, junior sports in Gladstone are hitting the pockets of parents harder than ever.

Tracy Stuart spends nearly $2000 a year for her three and five-year-old daughters to take part in local sports.

'It's very expensive,' Mrs Stuart said.

'But we don't mind because we would rather have them out there getting some exercise than at home playing video games.'

Both Olivia, 5, and Sidney, 3, take part in dancing classes, with lessons costing $660 for the two girls.

However Mrs Stuart said the costs did not end there.

'That's without any shoes, dresses, eisteddfods etcetera, it would be about another $400 for those on top,' she said.

Olivia also plays hockey, with registration for the season costing nearly $100.

Mrs Stuart also forks out $380 a year for Sidney to do gymnastics.

Mrs Stuart said she was prepared for the costs to escalate as the girls got older, and said it was worthwhile knowing her children were active.

'I know it will only get more expensive but we don't mind, we'd rather they were out playing sport,' she said.

Some local sports can cost up to $200 just to register for the season, with uniforms and protective equipment costing extra.



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