Sports exhibition for disabled precursor to bigger things

The George Municipality hosted its first Disabled Sport Exhibition last weekend. Facilitated by Maties Parasport from the University of Stellenbosch, the exhibition is a precursor to a disabled sports day in September and forms part of the municipality’s Access-ABILITY programme.

A first time try at stopping the ball during a goalball game. The audience has to be quiet so players can hear the ball rolling on the court

Access-ABILITY aims at making sport facilities accessible to all sportsmen, especially those living with disabilities.

The rules of wheelchair basketball are explained to first-time participants

Maties Parasport – which included disabled athletes, coaches and academics – introduced four sporting codes for the disabled to participants, encouraging them to play sport and be active. Abled and disabled community members were given the opportunity to play the sports including wheelchair basketball, blind cricket, goalball and blind chess.

Feeling where the lines are for goalball, a sport especially designed for the blind

“The George Municipality has hosted the Outeniqua Wheelchair Race (OCC) since 2002 and has an established reputation as a supporter of disabled sport. Access-ABILITY builds on this legacy and is aimed at getting as many people as possible playing sport,” said Manager Sport Development Granville Campher.

Wheelchair basketball proved to be a favourite

The Disabled Sports Day takes place on 14 September 2018 at Rosemoor Sport Stadium. Contact Jonique Claasen-Gozongo on 044 801 6346 or jjgozongo@george.gov.za for more information.

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