Daily Telegraph: Elite athletes' fiercest opponent



As some of the world's great tennis players celebrate their wins at the end of a gruelling tournament at the Australian Open, they would no doubt think all the sacrifices they’ve made have all been worth it. But, writes Dr Beau Frigault, DEA's  Queensland state chair, exposure from extreme heat might soon be too high a price for some athletes — and spectators — to pay. 

As heatwaves grow more extreme and frequent, it’s essential to develop coping strategies to protect athletes and spectators.

However there also has to be concerted action by our leaders to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions.

A safe climate in which everyday Australians and athletes can pursue their passions without putting their health on the line — now that’s a prize worth fighting for.
  

Dr Beau Frigault is Queensland state chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and a former Ontario Tennis Association player and coach.

First published in the Daily Telegraph on 15 January 2019 (note this story is subscriber only )

 

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