What Ability Foundation teamed up with Cables Wake Park in Penrith, Sydney to unlock an inclusive sporting experience – an All-abilities Aqua Day for 20 young people living with disabilities and their families.
The day was full of inflatable aqua sports and a special all-abilities session on the cables with our charity’s Founder Steve Dresler who is helping to make waves across the disability sector. The event was officially hosted by Courtney Angus (former wake boarding world champion and the park’s part-owner) who welcomed athletes and special guests including Tom Trbojevic, Sean Keppie, and Lauren Cheatle and Mark’ MG’ Geyer.
Recipients, support workers, siblings and parents enjoyed exclusive access to the NSWRL HQ field, while participating in a range of fun football activities, exploring the locker rooms and playing alongside NRL playes and semi-professional and professional athletes.
Athletes and What Ability ambassadors who joined in the fun included:
Tom Trbojevic, Karl Lawton, Luke Garner, Joey Mawson, Corey Waddell, Jed Cartwright, Junior Tatola, Sean Keppie, Maddy Proud, Allie Smith, Violet Westeyn, Corby Baxter, Lauren Moore, Jack Williams, Ally Dallaway, Nat Sligar, Max King and Ben Tudhope.
The event made sports news headlines including TV segments: Fox Sports News, Ten News and Channel 9 News, as well as an online NSWRL article
Thank you to our partner NSWRL for hosting the day and providing access to its world class facilities. A huge shout also to major sponsor Harvey Norman for its ongoing support. The Harvey Norman chill out zone and soda stream stand was a true hit with recipients, families, athletes and support workers.
Check out our Facebook album of photos here.
View the NSWRL gallery of photos here