Touch and go, but sport passes test for Anthony
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.
Team NADO is more than ready for the Bundaberg Cup.