Inaugural Play in the Bay event a huge success

Published on Friday, 1 December 2023 at 3:29:56 PM

In collaboration with APM Communities and various community stakeholders, the City of Busselton hosted its inaugural 'Play in the Bay' on Saturday 25 November, to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. The all-inclusive event, held at the Busselton foreshore, attracted over 250 participants and aimed to promote disability awareness and inclusion. 

The day provided a unique opportunity for community members of all abilities to engage in accessible and inclusive sports and recreation through interactive activities and information sharing. Attendees explored inclusive sports, tried stand-up paddle boarding, participated in karoake, gathered information from local community groups and enjoyed a free sausage sizzle. 

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as celebrate their achievements and contributions. 

City of Busselton Chief Executive Officer, Tony Nottle said “The City recognises that the more diverse and inclusive our community, the richer it will become and that most members of the community will face access and inclusion challenges at some time in their life.” 

“The City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2023-2027 is currently being developed to ensure that all City of Busselton residents can participate in and contribute to their community.” 

Kerry Harvey, who lives with a physical disability, expressed gratitude for businesses like SUP Life Busselton that prioritise disability inclusion. She highlighted the event's impact on her and others, emphasising the joy and inclusivity experienced through support and participation. 

Play in the Bay focused on incorporating sporting clubs and associations to showcase a range of activities modified for inclusivity. Participants enjoyed blindfolded soccer, thanks to Busselton City Football Club, along with involvement from various stakeholders such as WA Disabled Sports Association, Disabled Surfing Australia and Volleyball WA. 

The event featured heart-warming stories, including that of a lady who had not been in the ocean for three years. Witnessing the community come together in such a vibrant and inclusive way was truly inspiring. 

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Lifestyle: A place that is relaxed, safe and friendly with services and facilities that support our lifestyle.

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  • Media Release 2023 - Play in the Bay Pictured L-R: Nicki Jones with Ryder
  • Media Release 2023 - Play in the Bay Picture L-R: Jake with Rowan Anderson

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