Naomi seeks support for exhibition
QUEENSLAND wheelchair basketball representative Naomi Schouten is seeking to promote the need for sport for Gladstone residents with a disability.
To raise community awareness of the issue, Schouten is staging a disability sports exhibition day at Gladstone PCYC Multi-Purpose Sports Centre on Saturday, featuring basketball, soccer and boccia.
'The aim of this day is to establish a disability sport network in the Gladstone region, and provide the general public with an awareness of disability sport,' Schouten said.
'There's very limited programs in Gladstone and I want to give people an idea of what's available.'
Schouten, a former Gladstone resident who debuted for the Queensland Comets wheelchair basketball side last October, was rendered paraplegic after being involved in a car accident n 2003.
She now studies in Rockhampton where she was introduced to wheelchair basketball ? an introduction which looks certain to result in a move to Brisbane next year to pursue her representative career.
However, she is determined to walk again and her positive approach to life has been boosted by her involvement in disability sport ? something she believes other Gladstone residents could benefit from.
The exhibition day gets under way at 10.30am with an exhibition game of wheelchair basketball with soccer matches featuring players with cerebral palsy and impaired vision to follow at 11.30am.
That will be followed at midday by a boccia display before more wheelchair basketball games throughout the afternoon.
Boccia, a game for athletes with cerebral palsy and others whose arm and hand strength is affected, is similar to the Italian game of bocce.
Schouten had hoped to receive support from the Gladstone business community in forming wheelchair basketball teams to participate in games.
However, as of yesterday, she had received team nominations from the Gladstone State High Schoool physical education department and Community Linking Agency only.
For more information, phone Naomi Schouten on 0419 685 390 or Michael Oxley 4936 3800.