Table tennis league lands a lifesaver

THE Northern Suburbs Table Tennis League has invested in a lifesaving automatic external defibrillator (AED) after securing more than $2000 in funding through the Premier’s Discretionary Fund.

Northern Suburbs Table Tennis League president Stuart McDougall said the defibrillator gave the club, which comprises more than 100 members, some “extra peace of mind” following the death of a player last year.

“A defibrillator wouldn’t have saved this particular member, but it was a timely reminder that emergency medical situations can happen in an instant,” he said.

“We hope this lifesaving equipment is never needed, but if it is then we’re well prepared.”

The funding for the new AED was secured with assistance from Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer.

Ms Archer said that AEDs were becoming an essential part of first aid kits in workplaces, sporting and community clubs around the state.

“It’s great to see this club with a diverse range of members in terms of age and health taking a proactive approach to their health and safety by ensuring this lifesaving equipment is close by at all times,” she said.

AEDs can also be added to a central register that notifies defibrillator owners of a cardiac emergency nearby.

Caption: From left, Northern Suburbs Table Tennis League vice-president Daniel Huxtable, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, and Northern Suburbs Table Tennis League president Stuart McDougall.

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