Brendan Borger and Blair Noble are looking forward to this weekend's Special Olympics and come and try day.
Brendan Borger and Blair Noble are looking forward to this weekend's Special Olympics and come and try day. John Gass

PCYC to host come and try day

THIS Saturday, Tweed Heads PCYC will hold a come and try day featuring sports and dance aimed at attracting people of all abilities.

The event is supported by Tweed Shire Council and hosted by Special Olympics Tweed Region, Tweed All Abilities Basketball, Tweed Judo and Aperio Dance Studio and will include skills coaching, mini games and demonstrations of Judo and dance.

Special Olympics supports people with intellectual disabilities from age eight to 80 and encourages them to become involved in sport at a local, national and international level.

The council's aged and disability development officer Karen Collins said "whatever your level of ability, we'd love you to come along and try something new."

Tweed All Abilities Basketball organiser Shauna Noble said she hoped the event would attract new players to the sport and give the sportswomen and men a pathway to join competitions such as the Special Olympics.

"Our all abilities players want to play and compete in tournaments," Ms Noble said.

Blair Noble, a player with intellectually disabilities, said he was looking forward to the day to meet new people and make new friends.

His team mate Brendan Borger who competed at the Ireland Special Olympic World Games in 2003 and won two Gold Medals in the pool, has been involved in all ability sports for over 20 years.

Brendan said he loved sports and followed the London Olympics to see athletes like Liesel Jones and James Magnussen compete.

A number of demonstrations will introduce participants to sports such as Judo and dance school Studio Aperio will perform and give an insight into its inclusive dance program for young people of all abilities.

Following the day's sports and dance action, all participants are invited to a barbecue at the club.

The day will run from 3.30pm until 5.30pm at the Tweed Heads PCYC in Florence St.

For more information contact Tweed All Abilities Basketball's Shauna Noble on 0413 548 609, Special Olympics Tweed Region's Kevin Borger on 0404 362 147 or Studio Aperio's Leanne Juratowitch-Guenther on 0423 311 117.



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