Sport for all abilities at Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope


More than 160 students of all abilities had the chance to try out 8 inclusive sports and learn new skills as part of a Disability Sports Australia event, hosted by Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope.

Active Inclusion Day brought together students from schools across Blacktown City to have a go at a range of sports, from wheelchair rugby, to baseball, frame-running, blind and low-vision tennis, AFL, volleyball and soccer.

The one-day program, run in partnership with Sport NSW and various sporting body partners, aims to introduce young people with disability to accessible sports, with a focus on the importance of staying active.

Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said Blacktown Leisure Stanhope was proud to host the important initiative.

"These sport days help young people, who might otherwise be overlooked, get involved in sports that best suit their abilities," Mayor Bleasdale said.

"There really is a sport out there for everyone, but without exposure, it's impossible for young people to know what's available to them.

"Inclusive sport programs such as this bring great value to our community and I thank Sport NSW and all the community and sporting groups who took part."

The event was supported by volunteers and representatives from each of the sports on show, who coached the students and led them through activities.

Active Inclusion Day is aimed at school children between 5 and 18 years of age with learning, intellectual, sensory and physical disabilities.

The days were introduced by Sport NSW in 2016, with the latest event supported by Special Olympics NSW/ACT, Variety, The Children's Charity and Collective Leisure.

Uniting and the NDIS provided a sensory tent that allowed participants to rest and recover in a safe space on the day.


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