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June Update from AAA Play 
 
Pride is an appropriate theme this month! We were lucky enough to attend an inspiring presentation by the Canadian You Can Play Project which demonstrated the breadth of inclusion in sport. We've also been privy to some incredible initiatives currently being developed by some of our partner state sporting associations that are sure to take inclusion to new standards; more on that in the month to come. This month we worked with Maccabi to increase the support for clubs wanting to become more accessible. As if that wasn't enough to be proud of...
  • There are more events than we can fit in this newsletter, so please be sure to take a look at the full list on AAA Play
  • Former AAA Ambassador, Hannah MacDougall wins Female Sportsperson of the Year
  • And we have a new video featuring current AAA Ambassador, Andrea Codazzi's journey through sport, before and after his accident.

In the Spotlight

Looking Back: Former AAA Play Ambassador wins Female Sportsperson of the Year!

May celebrated the 10th Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards - a celebration of the achievements of sportspeople with disability, the coaches, organisations, officials, and volunteers who support them and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across Victoria.

Entrants in the Awards are nominated by state sporting associations, regional sport assemblies, local government, teammates, club members, coaches, or their local community in recognition of their outstanding contribution to inclusive sport and recreation.

This year's event was broadcast live as the winners of 11 award categories were announced, including former AAA Play Ambassador, Hannah MacDougall, who took out the Female Sportsperson of the Year award. It's a privilege to witness the accomplishments of our ambassadors as they face challenges and rise to epic heights throughout their careers.

Congratulations to all 2019 finalists. It's always inspiring to hear the stories of the fantastic achievements taking place in our community and you should be incredibly proud.


For more details please click here

Looking Forward: How to be an Inclusive Club

Maccabi Victoria and AAA Play have combined forces to scour the state for a collection of resources that can help support clubs in taking the first steps towards inclusion. We are now proud to announce an online collection of resources that will help to increase capacity and capability for how to be an inclusive club.

The role of AAA Play is to support people with disabilities to find an activity, but we need more clubs to welcome all abilities to ensure people have a variety of choices to suit their age, ability, and interests, that are situated within their local community. AAA Play often get enquiries from enthusiastic sporting clubs looking to open their doors to people with disabilities, but don't know where to begin. This resource page will help to fill that gap.


For more details please click here

Find an Activity

Casey Gymnastics Theraplay
Theraplay is a casual open gym designed to foster a safe and inclusive environment in which individuals of all abilities can explore through play and exercise.

Details can be found here

Vision Impaired Table Tennis
This is an all-inclusive game of table tennis that has been adapted for people with vision impairment. It is a fun game with plenty of laughter and good cheer so come along and join us.

Details can be found here

Para Badminton
Casey Stadium alongside Badminton Victoria are proud to announce the arrival of Para-Badminton to City of Casey residents!

Details can be found here

Horsham Lanes and Games
If you enjoy tenpin with friends and family, then be sure to practice your skills in a league and have fun each month at our social league! Enjoy good company and great play twice a month.

Details can be found here

News

All Abilities Kindergym

Highett Youth Club are establishing gymnastic classes for pre-school aged all abilities children. These classes will run based on our kindergym classes, using some of our established elements from the classes for school age children with autism.

Read more here

New DWA Equipment

Disabled Wintersport Australia is excited to have received some new equipment over the summer! These new sit skis, outriggers and snowkarts will be distributed around the the resorts.

The Snow'Karts are a new addition to the DWA fleet. Snow'Kart - the sitski that gives you greater independence!

Read more here

11 Inspirational People

We take a look at 11 inspirational people who didn't let disability prevent them from living a successful life.

Everyone has hardships they encounter in their lives, but when someone with a disability is able to overcome all of the additional challenges a disability brings to not only survive, but to find success, that is an amazing thing to behold.

Read more here

DSR Sport and Rec Equipment Hire

In need of specialist sports equipment to get you moving? Disability Sport and Recreation have an equipment library available to help you get active.

Read more here

Inclusive Writing Group

Are you interested in being part of a writing group? In 2019, a new group is starting at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre in Carlton. An inclusive writing group for all abilities!

Read more here

Events

Under 15s Goalball

Do you want to want to make new friends and learn new skills? Come and play Goalball!! Our U15s Program will provide you with six weeks of fun in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.

Click here for more details.

Low Sensory Bowl Patrol

Learn to become a striking machine at the Free Come and Try Low Sensory Bowl Patrol at Oz Tenpin Epping.

Click here for more details.

Hockey All Ability Aces

Hockey Victoria is proud to be working with the Victorian Police, Ambulance Victoria and VicFire Hockey to provide our 2018 AA Aces state teams with the opportunity to interact with the emergency service men and women in a positive and supportive environment.

Click here for more details

Indoor Rock Climbing

Adaptive Climbing Victoria indoor rock climbing come-and-try day. Are you keen to try indoor climbing, or to build your current climbing skills? Join us for our second ever climbing come-and-try day!

No rock climbing experience or equipment required; active people of all physical abilities welcome.

Click here for more details.

AAA Ambassador News

Our newest AAA Ambassador, Andrea Codazzi had an accident in 2011 which resulted in losing one of his legs. We caught up with him for a chat about his journey through sport, before and after his accident.

Click the image to watch the video of our our chat with Andrea.
For any further information on the programs featured please go to www.aaavic.org.au or call us on 1800 222 842. 
AAA Play is an initiative supported by the Victorian Government.

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