Fun for every body at inaugural all-abilities sports day

Ipswich City Council will stage an Active Kids inaugural all-abilities multisport day at the YMCA Springfield Central Community Centre on 2 July.

Community and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Jacob Madsen said the day will provide an opportunity for children with a disability to try different sports in a supportive environment.

“Council launched its new Inclusion and Connectedness Implementation Program in January which was introduced to reduce barriers for people living in Ipswich,” Cr Madsen said.

“There are dozens of planned and proposed actions like the multisport day aimed at overcoming these barriers so our community can all feel like they belong regardless of age, ability and background.

“People with disability receive the same physical, mental and social benefits from participating in sport and physical activity as any other participant.

“However, the most recent data show that adults who have a disability participate less in sport or physical activity and we want to change that by providing those in our city living with disabilities a pathway to get involved at a young age and learn healthy habits.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said specialist events provider Physi Kids will run netball/basketball, gymnastics and tee ball events which will be modified to suit the ability of each child participating.

“Running sports programs since 1997, Physi Kids have a lot of experience in introducing children to physical activity in a fun and encouraging environment,” Deputy Mayor Jonic said.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the main aim will be to develop participants’ self-confidence, awareness and a positive attitude towards physical activity.

“Participation in sport can help those with a disability improve their communication skills, gain more independence and make new friends, as well as the fitness and health benefits,” Cr Tully said.

There will be three one-hour sessions on the day with each session accepting a maximum of 15 attendees. Bookings are essential and can be made via council’s website or the Active and Healthy Ipswich app.

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