The inaugural Social Wheelchair Come & Try Session at Casey Stadium last week gave softball another push into becoming one of the most inclusive sports in Australia.
Softball Australia on Friday facilitated the very first Come & Try Session specifically for wheelchair-bound participants with an aim to learn how the game can be tailored in order to create an inclusive format of the sport moving forward.
With 13 keen softballers of all abilities attending and competing, the session has given Softball Australia a fantastic starting point to develop on the initiative in the coming months.
“We had a great turnout of people of all ages and abilities competing in wheelchairs at Casey Stadium,” said Tim Hatzi, Club and Community Coordinator at Softball Australia.
“The feedback we received from the participants is all positive and is going to give us a strong platform to build on what will hopefully become a regular Wheelchair Softball competition.
“Our thanks must go to Casey Stadium for providing all of the equipment and the perfect venue, and to Softball Victoria, Casey Softball Association and Narre Warren Softball Club for helping us out on the day.”
The Wheelchair Softball initiative is also proudly supported by Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria, Reclink Australia, Scope Australia, Access All Abilities Play and the City of Casey.
“We can be proud of how inclusive our game can be following the success of last Friday at Casey Stadium,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“There’s been success with the wheelchair format of softball overseas and after our first session, we certainly can see the merit in developing it further and expanding the overall inclusivity of our game.
“Softball Australia supports the right of people with a disability to be involved in all aspects of the sport, including full and active participation.
“The governing body is committed to increasing accessibility and opportunities for people with a disability to participate in softball.”
For more information, please contact Tim Hatzi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.