Take Every Opportunity To Be ACTIVE

Date posted: 
24 December 2010

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Following on from it's highly successful 2009 celebration, the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Murraylands be active presented the 2010 Physical Activity Showcase in celebration of International Day of People with Disability. 

This collaborative event was held at beautiful Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge on the 3rd December 2010, from 10:00am to 2:30pm. The aim of the day was to be active and to give people with and without a disability an opportunity to participate in activities they may not have the opportunity to participate in, such as sailing, rowing, dragon boating, croquet, cricket and tennis.

A barrier to participation by people with disability is often an organisation's capacity to modify their activities, not the enthusiasm to participate. The Physical Activity Showcase highlighted the participating sports innovative solutions to overcome barriers to participation and to motivate other sports and community organisations to take up the challenge of being inclusive!!!

100 people of all ages and abilities attended the event including; people with a disability, disability services, families, schools and the broader community, promoting a positive image of people with disability. The event provided people without a disability with an opportunity to participate in inclusive sports and an opportunity to interact with people with a disability, creating an inclusive community.

This year the Physical Activity Showcase featured a range of inclusive water and land based sports and activities including: Sailability, adaptive rowing, croquet, Hotshots Tennis, Milo into Cricket and active play activities. We would like to thank the following organisations for being involved in the day and showcasing their sport by giving people with and without a disability with an opportunity to have a go: Port Adelaide Sailing Club, Murray Bridge Rowing Club, Murray Bridge Croquet Club, SASRAPID (South Australian Sport and Recreation Association for People with a Disability) and Vicki's Pride Dragon Boat Association.

Morning and afternoon tea and a free BBQ lunch was provided for all participants, sport providers, visitors and invited guests.

The Physical Activity Showcase provides a great opportunity for the community to celebrate people with disability in sport as well as highlighting successful partnerships between community organisation and mainstream recreation and sport services.

If you would like further information on the Physical Activity Showcase please contact Christie Rogers, Murraylands be active Field Officer, on 8535 6800 or email [email protected]