Dis­abled to get their hoops up

Comment News (Gosnells) - - SPORTS -

NET­BALL WA’s spe­cialised pro­gram for in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled chil­dren is set to be­gin in Lang­ford this week.

The No Lim­its Net­ball pro­gram pro­vides kids over the age of 11 with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties the chance to play in a fun en­vi­ron­ment.

It in­volves six weeks of after-school train­ing and cul­mi­nates in a statewide car­ni­val be­tween the five par­tic­i­pat­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in June.

South­ern Dis­tricts Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SDNA) is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the full pro­gram for the first time hav­ing in­tro­duced a smaller pro­gram last year. SDNA de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Bev Gal­lagher said the as­so­ci­a­tion was look­ing for­ward to host­ing the ini­tia­tive.

“We used to have two grades of peo­ple play­ing with dis­abil­i­ties many many years ago and we’d re­ally like to get that run­ning again.

“It’s def­i­nitely more in­clu­sive for our as­so­ci­a­tion and it’s good for our kids to work along­side peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties as well.”

Net­ball WA com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Amy Fuller said No Lim­its was a great way to in­tro­duce in­tel­lec­tu­ally-chal­lenged peo­ple to the game in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“Pri­mar­ily, it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity to be en­gaged in a club en­vi­ron­ment and de­velop so­cial in­clu­sion skills and make sure they feel part of the sport and cul­ture.”

She said some play­ers would have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the state in the Marie Lit­tle OAM Shield, a na­tional tour­na­ment for net­ballers with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties, which Perth is host­ing in Septem­ber.

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