Guest speakers, exciting games, and even the mayor got involved with the fun of International Day of People with Disability.
More than 50 people turned out at the Benalla Indoor Recreation Centre for the rural city’s first celebrations of the international event.
Guest speaker, and wheelchair basketballer Lincoln Budge made an impassioned speech about his time growing up, and then as a wheelchair athlete.
Budge then asked city councillors and the mayor Don Firth to have their own go in a game.
‘‘It was great seeing people get around the sport that I’ve had so much fun and difficulty with for over 10 years,’’ Budge said.
‘‘You don’t have to be in a wheelchair normally to get involved, and I think that’s fantastic.’’
Cr Firth, along with councillors Bernie Hearn and Scott Upston all got involved with the match, while other councillors cheered on from the sidelines.
‘‘It’s been a great day. Having the councillors in there I think I might have got a bit competitive at times,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘Seeing guys like Lincoln (Budge) in that match, it makes you really think about the word disabled, and I really don’t think that it the right term for guys like this. He’s certainly more able than me in a lot of aspects,’’ he laughed.
Other popular games on offer for people to try on the day were lifeball, netball, soccer, cricket and basketball.
‘‘I would be very keen to see this come back bigger and better next year,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘It’s a worthwhile event to be getting behind as the council, and as you’ve seen today it’s not just for people with a disability.’’
Budge said he looked forward to spending more time at his Yackandandah home, and implored people to get involved with the sport by contacting him directly.
‘‘Please do get involved, email me at [email protected] or find me on Facebook,’’ he said.