FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Softball NSW and Sports 4 All have once again joined forces to provide inclusive opportunities for all members of our community.
As the peak body for the sport in NSW, Softball NSW prides itself on opening opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.
Sports 4 All is the peak sporting body for athletes with disabilities to link with state sporting bodies to facilitate a pathway for inclusion into the sporting family.
Last week, the Phoenix Softball Club from Cumberland Nepean Softball Association played against a group of people with disabilities from a group home in North Ryde.
Sports 4 All director Greg
Brown said the opportunities afforded to his clients by Softball NSW would benefit the entire community.
“Firstly, it demystifies the stigma around disability and show the community the athlete not the disability,” Brown said.
“In this way educating everyone about people have the same hopes and desires and the power of sport to bring people together from all walks of life.
“Secondly it opens up the community to people with disabilities to be accepted and make friendships and relationships in a relaxed environment with people of shared interests.”
Playing a slowpitch match, the score didn’t matter on the night – it was all about participation and having fun.
The relationship between Softball NSW and Sports 4 All has been forged over more than 30 years.
Softball NSW inclusion officer Donna McGrath said Softball could play a huge role in the inclusion of people with disabilities.
“The best thing about Softball is that it is a game that anyone can play,” she said.
“Our community embraces all people who want to play and aim to provide great opportunities to people of any age, background or ability.”
The long-standing relationship between Softball NSW and Sports 4 All has allowed many people to play the sport on facilities that include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Softball venue at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Brown said he was eager for more people to get in touch with Sports 4 All to continue to share opportunities in the disability market.
“We have forged a pathway for people with disabilities to be included within the sporting community and I have spent many enjoyable and life fulfilling hours chasing balls around softball diamonds,” he said.
“Many people say that it is the moments we share together in camaraderie that bring us the most joy and add up to a good life.”
For more information on Softball NSW, please visit the website at www.softball.net.au.
To organise a game for your disability group, please contact Donna McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org.