On Monday 2 December, International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) was celebrated by around 70 people at Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt in Sale. In its third year, ‘Inspired by the Lakes’ is an inclusive event hosted by GippSport’s Access for All Abilities program and Rural Access Wellington Shire. People of all abilities were able to participate in a range of activities, with the inclusion of gymnastics for this year’s event.

On a rather hot evening friends and families gathered to enjoy the celebration of the 21st year of International Day of People with Disability. Aqua Energy staff Toby and Nathan provided a great range of fitness activities around Lake Guyatt, starting with warm-up stretching, boxing and weight based exercises. An enthusiastic group of participants, some very young and others not so young, enjoyed the opportunity to do these activities in the fresh cooling breeze in the shade of the lakeside.  Aqua Energy staff freely gave their time and expertise to make this a great fun and fitness event.

Sailability is always popular. The Wellington Sailability Club volunteers were kept very busy throughout the evening, with participants keen to have a sail on Lake Guthridge in the accessible Sailability boats.  The ‘easy to use’ Sailability boats, both solo and tandem, provide people with a safe and fun opportunity to learn about sailing.

Bocce was a very popular and competitive activity.  Prizes were awarded for some great play and sportsmanship.

A highlight was the inclusion of Maffra Gymnastics Club’s come and try activities in this year’s program.  The Club hosted fun activities on different mats, with hoops and parallel bars.

For the third year in a row the Five Star Project and their volunteers cooked up a delicious BBQ tea for all. The Five Star Project always serves healthy BBQ food including vegetarian options.

Auslan Interpreting was provided and added to a truly inclusive event.

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