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It's less than 2 weeks until Softball Australia and Casey Stadium’s inaugural Social Wheelchair Softball Competition commences on Friday 15 February. So far 3 teams have registered, Richawkildonwood, Narre Warren Rolling Thunder and Julie’s Alpacas. Positions in each team are still available as well as a spot for a fourth team.
Roy Davie, captain of Richawkildonwood is really excited about the upcoming competition.
“Our team consists of 5 players from the Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL), so the name was a take on the 5 inaugural AFL Clubs in the league. We also have 2 team members that are quite new to wheelchair sports. We know that with our vast experience in wheelchair sports and really competitive nature, we will be a very strong team to beat.”
Roy’s motivation to play stems from playing baseball from the age of 13 up until a spinal cord injury he sustained in 2009.
“Baseball has always been a big part of my life and I really missed being able to play a sport I love. I saw the new Social Wheelchair Softball Competition as a way to get back onto the diamond and even though softball is different from baseball, it feels great to be out there. I encourage others to get involved in Wheelchair Softball as it is a fun sport that you can play with friends, and an inclusive group who don’t take the game too serious.”
Team and individual registrations are open till Friday 8 February, click Social 7s website to register.
A practice session on Friday 8 February at Casey Stadium from 6.30pm – 7.30pm is being held for all players registered and anyone else who would like to have a try before committing.