Blind Sports Australia welcomes newcomer Inclusive Innovations Tasmania, as inaugural Blind Cricket Tasmania Come N Try Day is held

Blind Sports Australia (BSA) is in Tasmania on World Blind Sports Day to support Blind Cricket Tasmania’s inaugural ‘Come N Try Day’ and Inclusive Innovations Tasmania’s steps towards becoming a State member of BSA.

BSA, the national governing body promoting blind and vision impaired sports welcomes Inclusive Innovations Tasmania as a provisional member, where its efforts in establishing blind cricket locally will benefit from the collective advocacy and funding work BSA conducts to increase opportunities for blind sporting participation across Australia.

“We are excited to welcome Inclusive Innovations Tasmania as a provisional member and celebrate today’s dual milestone. It marks two years of hard work by Inclusive Innovations Tasmania and many sporting and support organisations to establish a State pathway for blind cricket participation, through the establishment of Blind Cricket Tasmania, which previously did not exist,” commented BSA CEO Matt Clayton.

Inclusive Innovations Tasmania (IIT) is an independent not for profit entity, dedicated to making inclusion mainstream. IIT was established to activate inclusive initiatives, such as Blind Cricket Tasmania, where support sectors do not have the resources to implement them.

Phillip ‘Sunny’ Drury, CEO of IIT, reflects that today’s dual milestone would not have been achieved without the collaborative efforts of partner organisations Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania, Blind Cricket Australia, Blind Sports Australia, Taverners Australia, VisAbility Tasmania, Blind Citizens Australia and RecLink Tasmania.

‘Come N Try’ participants today at the Cricket Hub in Kingston are fortunate to have the best in business providing great inspiration and coaching advice - Ray Moxly, Australian Blind Cricket player and Chair of Blind Cricket Australia (BCA), and Daniel Drew, Assistant Coach of the Australian Blind Cricket team.

“Through Blind Cricket Tasmania, children and adults who are blind or have low vision now have an opportunity to play cricket State-wide; and future players for a State team program will be identified and nurtured to play at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, said Mr Drury.

“We encourage local communities and clubs to get on board, as coaches, volunteers or participants. Playing Blind Cricket helps developing personal and life skills such as hand eye coordination and team inclusion. With opportunities to play at state level and even internationally, participants can make new friends and build their social networks as well as their fitness levels,” added Ray Moxly, Chair of Blind Cricket Australia.

 

For further information and interview opportunities:

Blind Sports Australia

Felicity Wilkeson 0411 386 162; [email protected]

Inclusive Innovations Tasmania and Blind Cricket Tasmania

Sunny Drury 0407 870 034; [email protected]

 

Attendees & spokespersons available for interview:

  • Coach Ray Moxly, Aust Blind Cricket Chair and player (for BCA 'state & national team pathway support)
  • Coach Daniel Drew, Assistant Coach of the Australian Blind Cricket team
  • Jason Schmidt, Blind Cricket ACT and IIT Leader Canberra
  • Vaughn Bennison – Blind Cricket Tasmania Community Ambassador (Vaughn is blind, and most recently worked for VisAbility Tas managing Therapy Services, and is a radio producer/presenter for Blind Citizens Australia).
  • Nicole McKillop – Blind Cricket Youth Ambassador (Nicole has a vision impairment and is a strong voice for youth inclusion. An emerging mentor and advocate for people with a disability, Nicole is studying Psychology at UTAS)