Wednesday December 3rd marked the 2014 International Day of People with a Disability; in celebration, Reclink Australia’s AAA Play hosted an exciting and unique event: ‘Now I can play My Way’. This discussion event, guided by Brett Phillips from SEN and president of the Sandown Cobras football club as MC, featured five athletes with disabilities, at various sporting levels (from grassroots to elite), and across varying sports, sharing their stories of participation including challenges, successes and ways in which participation can be achieved.
Valued guest speakers on the day included Elle Steele, former Paralympian swimmer and Victorian wheelchair rugby representative; Matt Lewis, Australian wheelchair rugby representative and aspiring Paralympian; Fiona Taylor, Special Olympics gymnast and tennis player and recently named 2014 Whitehorse Disability Sportsperson of the Year; Quinn Lahiff-Jenkins, the goalkeeper for the Junior Essendon Hockey Club, supported by Toni Ryan, a strong and passionate supporter of the club; and Genamarie Richards, a member of Blind Sports Victoria and talented vision impaired tennis player and ballet dancer. Each speaker was greeted with laughter, applause and at times even tears, as they shared with the audience their journeys through sport.
The discussion concluded with networking time and a chance for guests to meet with the speakers personally. Feedback from event guests was highly positive, with consensus being that the day was highly enjoyable for all involved.
Reclink Australia and AAA Play would like to personally thank SRV staff for their support, Brett Phillips, and each of the valued guest speakers, in making the event a great success; we look forward to next years’ event, which promises to be bigger and better!
If you want to find out how you can play your way, contact us at AAA Play today!