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The most dangerous sports?

Answers from Elena Ornig

Part three: After interview.

Picture of training session at Boonchu Gym

Young dreamers from Boonchu Gym

The real facts:

According to few different surveys the most dangerous sports are:

Basketball, bicycling, football, soccer, baseball, skateboards, trampolines, softball, swimming, diving, horseback riding, weightlifting, volleyball, golf, roller skating, wrestling, gymnastics and cheer-leading.

I wonder if Anna Bligh is also concerned about these really dangerous sports which kids attend at a very young age, certainly younger than Jasmine Parr, are right here around Queensland.

As for the Phil Reeves who is currently a Minister for Child Safety in Queensland and father of three, who was apparently “appalled by the images of the girls, as young as seven and eight participating in a public kick-boxing fight for a cash prize.”- I have a question. What happened to the public servant rule to check the facts before throwing a judgment around? Just in case you haven’t got time to brief yourself Mr Reeves, I will help you with a few interesting facts in your own state. Does Mr. Reeves care for such facts around Queensland where girls are playing the most dangerous sports at a very young age?

For example:

AFL Queensland affiliated clubs do have alternate programs to cater for 5 & 6 year old: “Girls (Ages 5-8) love to play Australian football and NAB AFL Auskick, where some of the great female players started their journey to elite competition.

In Gymnastics and Trampolining there are countless classes for girls (Classes are of a fun nature and are for 5 year old onward seeking to develop skills, improve flexibility, strength, fitness and confidence). Just Google it and you will see the results.

From a Study of Griffith university : The 2004 LGAQ/ BCC guide to developing and managing skate facilities referred to above estimates that, in areas where facilities are available, the proportion of people who ride skateboards is approximately 30% children aged 5 – 9 years. (Are they even supervised and I assume by real professionals?) There is a real thought for you Mr. Revees and for everyone who is rushing to judge without checking facts or even thinking things through. Take a big breath and … think.)

As for the government and for the general public I have this question: ” What are we doing about this facts which are, already, four years old but I believe still unanswered?”

Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit No 99, December 2007:

( Facts taken randomly but to read full text click on link above)

An estimated 8500 children present annually to Queensland emergency departments following an injury involving a trampoline, wheeled device or toy related foreign bodies (toys, batteries or magnets).

802 children presented to an emergency department following injury involving a non-motorized scooter. Girls were proportionally more likely to sustain a fracture: 35% of girls presented with fractures compared to 25% of boys.

Skateboards: “One third of all skateboard related injuries (665) occurred at home, 649 or 33% happened in sport or recreational areas (skate parks) and 453 or 23% happened on public roads.”

Roller-blades and Roller-skates:  “Seven percent of children (1355) presented after an injury involving roller-blades or roller skates. The majority (55% or 743 presentations) were female.”

Trampolines: Overall, 3115 children (16%) presented after a trampoline related injury. Males and females were equally represented and there was a bell shaped age distribution from age 1 to 15. 40% or 1218 children were younger than 5 years old.

Foreign bodies injury: Three percent of children (634) presented with a toy, magnet or battery ingested, aspirated or stuck somewhere. The majority (70%) of children were younger than 5 years of age. Up to 4 years of age the age proportion was almost equal for boys and girls, changing to a male/female ratio of 2:1 from 5 years of age. The peak age for presentation for this injury was 2 years for females and 3 years for males. Most injuries occurred at home.

Pool drowning remains the leading cause of all deaths for Queensland children aged 1 to 4 years.

As for Karl Stefanovic, who personally apologized to John Wayne Parr via telephone, I would like to remind him that when you use a national broadcast to throw around irresponsible statements and realise that you were wrong, you should at least have the guts to apologize publicly, like a professional and a real man.

And I would like to say bye to my readers on a positive note. One of the comments from Gold Coast Bulletin on 22nd of June was from Bernie: “I Bet those kickboxing kids never get bullied at school”.

I intuitively agree with you, Bernie but cannot bet on it  because I don’t have the facts but I do have one interesting fact for you and every parent to dwell upon:

The Oklahoma family of Marissa Graham was celebrating over this weekend, because she, 10-year-old Marissa, escaped from her kidnapper.

I can now bet that Marissa’s parents who let their daughter take Martial Art classes are so happy they did.

The experts on this matter are less hysterical: ” While brain trauma experts expressed concern about young children participating in the contact sport, they said the benefits of exercise should be weighed against potential risks”.

Therefore, my personal appeal to every parent is – let them! Encourage them, inspire them, support their dreams and let them become achievers. Just like Chanese Hall’s father, Varsha Vinod’s father, Joanna Long’s parents, Andre Agassi’s father and Jasmine’s parents – John Wayne Parr and Angela Parr.

Photho from Boonchu Gym

Let Them !!!

And please, if you have negative comment leave it here at the Reply box, but if you want to show your support for John, Angela and Jasmine – please go to the red link bellow and in comments write this phrase: “Let them!”



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Written by Elena Ornig

Managing Director of Publishing Company "Julia Sophistique Pty Ltd". Committee member of Australian Computer Association GC Chapter. Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland. Member of the IT Forum Gold Coast. Sponsor of the Helensvale Writers' Group, Gold Coast. Committee member of the Gold Coast Writers Association Honored VIP Member of STANFORD WHO'S WHO in America. Publisher, writer and blogger.


  1. Hi Elena,
    Just went through the Queensland Injury report of 2007. Of all the injuries discussed, not one was attributed to Martial Arts, let alone Muay Thai. What it did highlight was the danger of skateboards, trampolines and bicycles. Perhaps Anna Bligh, Mr.Reeves, Karl Stefanovic and Kerry-Ann might care to read it and have a re-think of their attitudes and publicity seeking mouths. Thanks for digging up that bulletin.

  2. Hello,

    My comment doesn’t pertain to this post. I actually read the “How to be a Good Writer” post, and wanted to comment on that one, but there wasn’t a comment box. Anyways, I was just stopping by to say that I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog and I think you have a lot of good information on here. My only suggestion is to split up your posts into paragraphs so they’re easy to read. That was something I noticed on the “Writer” post. Other than that, I’ve loved visiting, and will definitely come again.

    I agree that kids should participate in physical sports. Not only does it get them exercise, physical activity has been proven to increase the production of endorphin’s which makes you feel good, so it also gives them a good sense of self-esteem. Really great post!

  3. Great Article and well researched; I’m sick and tired of ill considered comments from armchair experts like Karl. Talking heads on TV are a dime a dozen whereas the Parr Family is high achieving, unique, responsible and caring.

    I agree, LET THEM; any child would be lucky to have John and Angela as parents.

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