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Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

December 3, 2019
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Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities, a day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

To mark the day, Cricket Victoria hosted a breakfast at the CitiPower Centre where players, administrators, stakeholders and members of our community gathered to acknowledge the work we’ve undertaken in the inclusion space as well as hear from a range of speakers on their lived experiences.

Ruth Jeanes from Monash University provided an overview of the recently conducted research into the health and social impact of participation in cricket for people with intellectual disabilities. The research found that the majority of players considered that participating in All Abilities cricket had provided them with numerous benefits that included physical, mental and social wellbeing, increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Surveys also found that cricket facilitated the development of meaningful social connections for players, and interviewees also suggested that cricket afforded players a space where they could be independent and engage in social interactions.

Guests heard from Jessie Hogan, an Australian Cricket Journalist who had a stroke two weeks prior to his final draft submission for his book, which left him unable to speak, write or walk. He spoke about his journey and the people who have supported him along the way and how incredibly humbled he is by the support he has received for his recently published book, “For Cap and Country” which includes interviews from Australian Cricketers on the enduring spirit of the baggy green.

Andre Ascui who completed work experience at Cricket Victoria last season through our affiliation with Victoria University spoke of the opportunities this provided him and the highlights from his time working in Community Cricket team as well as the Melbourne Stars, along with his career aspirations moving forward as a recent Victoria University Graduate. Finally, Australian Paralympian Danni DiToro shared how her experience with sport has provided her with a sense of community and allowed her to explore and push new boundaries.

Cricket Victoria and the wider cricket community continue to unite and celebrate our philosophy that cricket is a game that welcomes everyone. Last season saw over 8,800 participants with a disability playing cricket, so it is our priority to continue to lead the way in providing safe and inclusive environments.

“Cricket Victoria has a proud history in our inclusion programs – particularly our disability pathway. This pathway begins with school programs, through to the associations and clubs that provide opportunities for people living with a disability like the Melbourne All Abilities Cricket Association, Melbourne Deaf Cricket Club, and the Victorian Blind Cricket Association.”

“From our grassroots programs all the way through to state and international levels, there has never been more opportunities for people with a disability to be involved in cricket. We truly are committed to being a sport for all.” – Andrew Ingleton, CEO Cricket Victoria

Throughout December we will be highlighting some of the work we’re currently doing in the inclusion space and speaking with players, administrators and stakeholders about the impact their work is having on the cricket community.

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