Pictured: Wheelchair AFL will be a highlight of the Wheelchair Sports Open Day at Darebin Community Stadium on 29 October.
The YMCA, in partnership with the City of Darebin, will host a wheelchair sports Open Day at Darebin Community Sports Stadium on Sunday 29 October.
From 10am – 2pm, the event will feature five 20-minute wheelchair sports clinics including basketball, badminton, AFL, handball and tennis, in a round-robin format. These clinics will be followed by a short game of AFL between experienced athletes.
There will also be a concurrent expo showcasing opportunities for people living with disability, wheelchair and sporting groups and businesses.
YMCA Programs Team Leader, Luke De Vincentis, said the exhibition was the first of its kind run at the stadium and was aimed to showcase wheelchair sports to the wider disabled and able-bodied community.
“I am a great believer that everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in sport and be active whether they are able-bodied or not. Darebin Community Sports Stadium is ideal for this event and we’ve been overwhelmed with the support we have received so far,” he said.
“We decided to run the five sports on a rotation basis with participants divided into groups that spend 20 minutes at each station, being professionally coached and playing that sport, before moving to the next station.”
“People can participate or just come and watch and support the sporting bodies or disability organisations on the day. The cost will be a gold coin donation on arrival to go toward YMCA Open Doors which helps people with special needs become healthier, happier and more active.”
This event is aimed at people with a physical disability as well as those who are able bodied, however all participants will be required to use a Sports Wheelchair.
Participants and prospective stall-holders can register via the online application form at www.darebinstadium.ymca.org.au.