Play in the Bay community event makes a splash on Busselton foreshore

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Greg Fletcher participating at Play In the Bay.
Camera IconGreg Fletcher participating at Play In the Bay. Credit: Suzanne Aston

Play in the Bay day made a splash on the Busselton foreshore on Saturday.

The event was all about promoting disability awareness and inclusion, encouraging everyone, irrespective of their abilities to have a go at some new activities and sports.

Sarah Bowes, APM Communities local area co-ordinator, said that in developing the event she approached the City “to join forces” and then led a working group of 17 people, many who live with a disability.

This year Play in the Bay expanded from last year’s Come and Try event, to include new clubs and associations which resulted in a broader range of experiences available for the community to try.

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There was an opportunity for people of all abilities to try paddleboarding with instructors and volunteers on hand to provide a safe environment.

Special matting was installed on the foreshore to allow wheelchair users access to the beach.

“This year’s event is the opportunity for the entire community to engage in activities modified to be all-inclusive,” Ms Bowes said.

Busselton local Greg Fletcher was at the event, and spent some time practising his soccer skills taking shots at the goal.

Mr Fletcher said that he was “having great fun today”.

There was a big turnout of community members and supporting stakeholders on the day.

This family friendly, free event was hosted by the City of Busselton in partnership with APM Communities and various community stakeholders and disability service providers.

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