Ability well explored at Inclusive Games

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

"ABSOLUTELY fantastic.''

This is how organisers described the way the Gladstone Inclusive Games were received by locals at the weekend.

Anglicare's Kathy Horton said the turnout exceeded expectations, showing just how responsive locals were to such events.

"It was absolutely fantastic, we had about 300 people there, which is much more than we had expected,'' she said.

Mrs Horton said the day was designed as a "celebration of ability, not disability'', showcasing a range of sports and activities, including both disabled and able-bodied people.

"It was designed to show that disability is not destiny, but a challenge that leads to new strengths.''

Mrs Horton said one of the most rewarding aspects of the day was the obvious enjoyment of disabled people who attended.

"We had fully grown men, chatting and laughing and joking with little kids in wheelchairs and telling them how brave they are, it was great to see,'' she said.

Such a success was the day that Mrs Horton said organisers had already started planning next year's event.



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