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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

Victorian All Abilities

Victorian All Abilities State Netball Team Smells like team spirit The Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities State Netball Team enjoyed a successful 2016 Marie Little Shield campaign, finishing third at the national netball carnival for people with intellectual disabilities. Head Coach Janet Parker reflected on the tournament and thanked major sponsor Independence Australia for their support. “The Marie Little OAM Shield offers a brilliant opportunity for competitors. Without the support of Independence Australia, these players would not have access to such an affordable competition.” “It’s a great honour to represent Victoria, and this playing group has represented our state with pride,” said Parker. The Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities team narrowly lost their semi-final against South Australia, after winning their pool matches against QLD and Western Australia. New South Wales were the eventual winners, claiming their second Marie Little Shield. The Marie Little Shield, in its fourth year, is supported by Netball Australia and provides an opportunity for women with intellectual disabilities to compete at a national level. Victoria is represented by women from across the state who undergo intensive selection and training throughout the year in preparation for the tournament. NetSetGo The Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities team is an integral part of Netball Victoria’s high performance and community pathways. The team is underpinned by a strong All Abilities netball pathway, beginning with Inclusion NetSetGo, a modified introductory netball program for people with disabilities, All Abilities netball competitions at 16 sites across Victoria and an All Abilities division of the Netball Victoria State Titles. For more information about the 2017 Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities State Team and All Abilities netball, please contact the Community Development Team on 03 9321 2244 and 34 Inform

DIamond Valley Basketball Association 40 years of ballin’ In 2016, Diamond Valley Basketball Association (DVBA) celebrated its 40th anniversary. It dates back to humble beginnings in 1976, where a two-court facility was built on Civic Drive in Greensborough to allow locals to take part in organised basketball. Up until 1998, the Diamond Valley Basketball Association used to manage the stadium and the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre. We were very passionate about servicing the community with a range of programs and aimed to give everyone a sense of belonging. It’s a ‘home away from home’, inclusive of all competitions and programs for able-bodied, intellectually disabled and wheelchair-bound athletes. The growth of basketball locally, within the past 40 years, has been exponential. The Association today has five regulation-sized courts with over 5,500 playing member. It caters to male and female athletes of all levels, both senior and junior, offering competitions and programs so they are able to participate in the sport they love. Though the Association has taken big steps forward in its 40-year journey, one thing has fallen behind the accessibility of the centre. Currently the facility has hidden, very limited and impractical disability and pram access. There is one single wheelchair lift to access the courts, and unfortunately all of the bathroom and kiosk facilities are on the higher levels, making utilising all amenities a tiresome process for some of the centre’s patrons. DVBA CEO Ross Wignell has been a big player in pushing our 40th anniversary wish a ‘master plan’ redevelopment of the facility, meeting with Council and stakeholders in order to turn the idea into a reality. The master plan blueprint is to expand the facility to 11 courts and to solve the accessibility problem once and for all allowing players and spectators front door ease and practicality of use, and provide the opportunity to explore reintroducing programs such as Wheelchair Basketball in future. “Despite our Association coming along in leaps and bounds in recent years, as it stands currently we are limited in what programs we are able to offer, or bring on, to service all members of our local community. It’s important to me to improve this as part of our master plan, because of the many benefits it will provide moving forward,” Ross explains. In research conducted on the Association’s history, it became evident through photos and personal accounts that the DVBA once offered Wheelchair Basketball, and even hosted Wheelchair Basketball National Championships tournaments in the 1980s. We hope that our 40th anniversary wish can soon reach the approval and funding it requires to become a reality and, moving forward, we can offer a truly inclusive service to our local community. Autumn 2017 35