The fourth annual multi-sport fun day was held this week, but for the first time under its new management of WA iSports Incorporated.
WA iSports was formed in December with the i standing for ‘inclusive’ and ‘individual’.
The organisation aims to get children with disabilities involved in a number of sports including basketball, cricket and ten-pin bowling, on a regular basis.
It encourages participation, socialisation and a lot of fun.
The multi-sport day was run at Payne Park on Tuesday and saw athletes participate in a round-robin of ten different sports including soccer and golf, and less traditional activities nordic walking and laughter yoga.
WA iSports chairperson Alison Burnett said she couldn’t believe the turn out for the day.
“We’ve got 250 people registered to participate and 120 people helping and volunteering,” she said.
“We’ve got students from SEDA running the station and leadership students from Australind Senior High School helping out.
“Jason Windows have jumped on board as our corporate sponsors for the event.”
City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and Member for Bunbury Don Punch spoke at the opening ceremony of the carnival.
They were accompanied by councillors Brendan Kelly, Betty McCleary and Murray Cook, who all joined in on the fun.
“The concept of WA iSports takes sport in the South West to a new level in bringing people together who may not have been traditionally able to participate in sports,” Mr Punch said.
“But here they have the opportunity to do that, on an inclusive basis.
“I think today is a real testament to the vision of an awful lot of people and I’d like to thank you all and wish you the best day today.”
WA iSports event athlete leader Josef Bandera acknowledged the huge number of people involved in the organisation of the all-inclusive event.
“This is our first multi-sports day for iSports but if it wasn’t for the athletes here today, this wouldn’t be possible,” he said.
“Our club has a lot to offer and we are growing rapidly.
“So get involved by volunteering or participating in one of our many events.”