Touch and go, but sport passes test for An­thony

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Kate Bas­tians

AN­THONY Mul­hol­land was not con­vinced he would en­joy play­ing touch foot­ball when he joined the Ne­pean Area Dis­abil­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion team.

Now he can­not wait to play with the team at the Bund­aberg Cup this week­end. “I thought it wouldn’t be that much fun, but when I got out there it was fun and re­ward­ing to see I could achieve some­thing in life I never ex­pected,” said Mul­hol­land, 33. “It has taught me a lot and it has got me a lot more mo­ti­vated.

“Since day one, we have shown that de­spite hav­ing a dis­abil­ity, we can still have fun.” Mul­hol­land said the team, whose mem­bers have an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, would never have achieved what they had with­out the ded­i­ca­tion of their coach Brooke Wilkie.

They are the only team with a dis­abil­ity play­ing in the main­stream com­pe­ti­tion, which is ex­pected to draw 700 play­ers.

“A lot of them have never played a sport be­fore, so this is re­ally good for in­clu­sion and it im­proves aware­ness in the com­mu­nity so they can see the team is ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing what ev­ery­one else does,” Wilkie said.

She said the ex­pe­ri­ence had also im­proved the play­ers’ so­cial skills and con­fi­dence.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Team NADO is more than ready for the Bund­aberg Cup.

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