Pat Doran, from North Warrnambool Eagles Football Netball Club, and Sue Buckman from Defib for Life at a training day after the club took possession of the life-saving machine.
IT’S hoped they’ll never have to use it but North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club was one of 36 community groups to receive a defibrillator.
North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club president Pat Doran said having the defibrillator would give the club some peace of mind.
“We never want to have to use it but at least it’s there,” he said.
The defibrillator units have been provided through a program funded by Gwen and Edna Jones, Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundations, South West Credit Union and the Rotary Club of Warrnambool.
Defib Your Club for Life Founder Sue Buckman provided a training session for the local sporting clubs and community groups at the Warrnambool Football Club on Thursday night.
Ms Blackman’s son Stephen collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest during a football training session at Rupertswood in Sunbury in 2010.
Mr Doran said Ms Buckman’s story reiterated why local clubs and groups needed a defibrillator.
“It puts everything in perspective,” he said. “From our club’s point of view we’re really rapt with having the opportunity to get a defibrillator.
“It’s sensational these grants have been made available to a broad cross-section of the community.”
A defibrillator is a portable automatic device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threatening arrhythmia present.