The aim of the festival is to encourage people with a disability to try a sport or a recreational activity in an environment that is inclusive and supportive as well as helping to raise awareness of the opportunities available to them.
After successfully hosting the softball component of the Special Olympics National Games at Fawkner Park last month we are now turning our attentions to helping out with the festival by offering pop in days on the 2nd-4th December in conjunction with our regular slowpitch activities. The evening will involve a come ‘n try session from 5:30-6:30 pm followed by a game.
Please share this around to any family or friends who you think might benefit, or if you think you can spare an hour or two on the above evenings we’d love to see you in the park.
The following is taken from the DSRF webapge:
The 2014 Disability Sport & Recreation Festival is Victoria’s premier event for the disability sport and recreation sector. Running from 1 to 7 December, this unique community event promotes and celebrates physically active lifestyles for all people of all abilities through participation in accessible and inclusive sport and recreation.
The Festival is run by Disability Sport & Recreation, a Victorian charity committed to improving the health outcomes of Victorians with disability through sport and recreation.
Joanne has a distinguished representative career for Australia and Victoria not only as a player but also as a coach and we are looking forward to seeing her back on the plate to start off the games. Pop into Fawkner Park from 9:30-3:30 on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday and get behind this great event.
Layne was born in New Zealand and came to Australia in 1972 for six months and never returned to live in the country she was born. Layne played softball for the Saints Club in New Zealand and her love of the sport soon became evident as she joined the Bears Softball Club as a player and after her retirement and the passing of the Foundation President Esther Deason, M.B.E. became the administrator for the Club.
Layne played representative softball for Melbourne a number of times, playing mainly third base. She also held the position of Coach of the Open Representative Team. Layne became Treasurer of the Association a position she held for a number of years.
Layne was the first recipient of the Melbourne Softball Association Service Award presented for service to softball at Fawkner Park.
Before she passed away, Layne ensured that Softball would be rewarded for the enjoyment and friendship she had experienced for many years.
The Executive has agreed that the last Sunday in July each year will be celebrated as the Layne Amaru Celebrations, encompassing a fun filled day.
Melbourne Softball Association is pleased to support the NAIDOC Slowpitch event to be held on July 13th.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Please encourage members of our Fawkner Park softball community to support and assist the organisers of this event.
Interested in being involved on the day? Please email your expression of interest.