In Australia, cricket and summer go hand-in-hand. Its’ popularity evident in the number of series and tournaments that occur during the summer season, from Boxing Day Tests, through to the Big Bash League. It is no wonder that cricket is Australia’s number one participation sport.
However, for some Aussies donning the whites, grabbing a bat and going out onto the cricket pitch isn’t as easy as it sounds, or should be. People with disability often have a desire to participate but barriers exclude them.
Not for much longer though. New, all abilities, integrated leagues in Victoria and Western Australia have been created (as well as South Australia and NSW).
The aim of the leagues are to create inclusive environments for players and to bridge the gap between able-bodied players and persons with disability, whether physical or intellectual.
Games are played on the same venues and at the same time as other games, with only minimal moderations to build confidence and create inclusiveness.
Participants have expressed excitement about the inclusive leagues “I see this as another way to make friends and to keep fit”.
The success of the leagues could not have been achieved without the determination and determination from volunteers and members of the cricket clubs to bring these leagues to fruition.
For more information about inclusive sports clubs and activities in your area, contact IDEAS on 1800 029 904 or visit ideas.org.au.