Sydney Swans coach puts best foot forward for safe
Swans coach John Longmire walking to school with his children Thomas, 9, Billy, 7, and Sahara, 5. Pic: TRACEE LEA.
WHAT: National Walk Safely to School Day
WHEN: Friday, May 18
HOW: Walk to school with a parent or carer. If you can’t walk all the way, use public transport or a car part of the way and walk the rest.
Longmire is an ambassador for Walk Safely to School Day and will be walking with his wife and three children, Thomas, 9, Sahara, 7, and Billy, 5, to school on Friday.
“As a parent who walks my kids to school I know the importance and benefits that can come from the exercise - encouraging physical activity, teaching road safety skills and getting the opportunity to spend more time with my children,” he said.
The event reduces dependency on cars and public transport and reinforces road-crossing skills.
“Walking to and from school can lead to a kick of the footy in the park, a game of cricket or anything that gets children moving which is terrific,” the AFL coach said.