Crestwood Connect Gala Day


Fifty six keen students with disabilities recently participated in a newly created Gala Day held at Crestwood Reserve in Baulkham Hills. The aim of the day was to provide opportunities for students from local high schools to participate in a form of Rugby League, something that may not have been offered to them before. While this was the first gala day of its type in the Parramatta ARLD program, the students received a number of both physical and social benefits. More importantly, there were no winners or losers; it was all about participation and enjoyment.

The morning session started with a skills rotation, where all the “walkers” were put through their paces on the field and all the “wheelies” learnt some new skills on the court. A well deserved recess break was then given to all followed by a Backyard League (BYL) games session. The students were split into a number of groups, matched up against others with similar disabilities for fair play. There were 2 BYL fields running as well as a Wheelchair Rugby League game on court! Some huge Rugby League fans were amongst the group, some that knew more NRL stats than the Development Officers!

A BBQ lunch was provided as well as a presentation where everyone took home a poster and participation certificate. Throughout the day, staff were on the lookout for 5 individual students who showed good sportsmanship - they were presented with a special award. A huge thank you goes out to all Teachers, Teachers Aids, casual staff from ARLD, trainees and the year 10 girls from Crestwood High School who made the day possible. A special thank you goes to John Wilson from the NSWRLWSA for his help on the day and assistance in the lead up to the event. Well done all!

Regards, Mitch Krahe

ARL Development Parramatta Secondary Schools


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