Demonstrating the power of rugby league to unite, NSWRL hosted our first All Abilities NRL Day at NSWRL HQ at Sydney Olympic Park in July. The event was used to announce the Foundation’s call for an all-abilities round in the NRL and NSWRL competition  in 2023.

CEO Steve Dresler told gathered media that an inclusive NRL round to celebrate the 4.4 million Australians with a disability is a dream for What Ability Foundation.

Thanks to our partners Harvey Norman and NSWRL, more than 150 recipients took to the field, as we unlocked an inclusive NRL experience for people living with a disability and their families.

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

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