School children hit the stumps

SCHOOL children from three local schools will get the chance to brush up on their cricket skills at an event hosted by Special Olympics Western Australia and Cricket Champs.

Meadow Springs Education Support Centre, Halls Head Community College and Malibu School will take part in the event run as part of Special Olympics Community Sports-Link Program which is an initiative developed to introduce children with a disability to sports. 

With the support from Australian cricket legend Tom Moody and the Western Australian Cricket Association, the 66 participants will reveal their talents and experience grassroots skills while improving health and fitness, developing self-confidence and grow their social skills. Special Olympics WA state manager Di Bruce said the event was always popular with children.“The event has been received with phenomenal interest,” she said.

“The number of schools and students keen to participate flags the need for more events in the future. 

“For a lot of the children, the day will be the first time that they have experienced cricket and it is crucial that we provide a pathway for them to continue with physical and recreational activity. 

“Working with Cricket Champs whom have all embraced inclusion for people with disabilities opens up so many opportunities for so many, with the focus on ability rather than disability.” 

Cricket Champs coordinator Masina Fa’alelea said “We are delighted to host this Special Olympics event at Mandurah.” 

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our players and the opportunities that exist within our community to allow every child to develop their capabilities.” 

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