Eight Queensland Maroons and five Australian INAS Global Games team members joined an excited crowd of young aspiring athletes, at Logan City Special School for a sports training session.
The day was organised by Life Stream Australia, the peak sport body for Queensland athletes with an intellectual impairment, in conjunction with Queensland Rugby League.
“Looking at the delight on every child’s face shows what an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity this was for young children with a disability,” says Chantel Lewis, INAS Global Games Community Engagement Manager.
Belinda Aubrey and her sons, Logan and Jaycob agreed. All were very excited to meet the Maroons and also to be inspired by the Australian INAS Global Games stars.
“It was great for my children to see champions who show kids of all capability that anything is possible by putting your heart into sport, practising hard and giving it a go,” says Belinda.
Jaycob and Logan were inspired, saying “we got all their signatures and we loved playing all the different games. We want to be sporty like them.”
Alberto Campbell, Mitchell James, Mac Russell and Andre Rivett are part of the 2019 Australian Global Games team while Andy Dunlop, has represented Queensland in Basketball. “It is through sports days like this one today, that inspired me to aspire to becoming an elite athlete,” adds Alberto Campbell. “I hope we can do the same for these kids.”
Queensland Maroon captain Daly Cherry-Evans summed up the day saying, “It was a wonderful event and we really enjoyed spending time with all the kids and hope we could inspire them to keep up their sport.”