The free clinic will take place on Sunday 30th November at the Try Boys Stadium, Newcomb.
Guided by the APC and funded by the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, the Get Involved initiative has been launched throughout the nation, with aims to encourage young Australians with a disability to participate in Para-sports programs.
The event will be the third time that Basketball Australia has participated in the Get Involved initiative, having previously run clinics at Sydney University Sport and recently during the WNWBL Finals series in Brisbane.
“Get Involved is an initiative from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation at the APC to try and break down the barriers and get people with disabilities involved with sport,” Kyle said.
Current Glider Bridie Kean drew on her own experiences to explain the significance of the Get Involved initiative.
“Being able to play wheelchair basketball at the age of fifteen not only increased my health through being physically active, but it also increased my confidence, and the opportunities that have come out of sport to me have been far more than I ever could’ve imagined,” Kean said.
“I think to be exposed to the sport really early on means that [participants] can get involved early and then continue that up to whichever level they get to whether it be elite or just continuing to play for recreation.”
The upcoming clinic will include free games and allow young locals with a disability to learn the basic skills of wheelchair basketball in a fun environment.
GET INVOLVED IN WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CLINIC
Date: Sunday 30th November, 2014.
Time: Clinic – 10:30AM-12:30PM; Lunch Break; Fun Games – 1:00PM-2:00PM
Venue: Try Boys Stadium (Port Arlington Rd, Newcomb)
Coach: Tom Kyle, Australian Gliders Head Coach
Cost: Free of Charge (Wheelchairs and basketballs provided)
Age: Open to all young people with a disability