Mornington brings home trophy at 2018 Victorian Sport Awards

Published on 25 February 2019

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 Mornington Peninsula Shire is celebrating a big win at the Victorian Sport Awards, bringing home the trophy for Victorian Local Government Initiative of the Year, for significant contribution to sport in 2018 through the development of a participation program or facility.

Council’s representative for the Disability Advisory Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi joined staff from the Shire and Belgravia Leisure along with representatives from genU, Focus Life and the Shire’s Disability Advisory Committee on Wednesday 20 February, to accept the award granted to the Shire’s annual All Abilities Day event and weekly Fit and Fun program for people with disabilities.

Led by the Disability Advisory Committee, All Abilities Day is an annual event held at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre in Mornington to celebrate International Day of People with Disability and offers the community an opportunity to try out sports such as table tennis, golf, gymnastics, footy, soccer, tennis, dance and much more.

The initiatives are a key action of the Shire’s Disability Inclusion Plan which aims to work in partnership to achieve access and inclusion for people with a disability across the Mornington Peninsula.

The event is organised by the Shire in collaboration with several local sports clubs, peak bodies and service providers including: Belgravia Leisure; Special Olympics Victoria; Monash University; Mornington Peninsula Table Tennis Association; Mornington Youth Club Gymnastics; Elite Tennis Association; BAM Allstars; Cricket Victoria; AFL Vic; Golf Vic; Westernport Basketball; genU; Focus and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. 

Such is the success of All Abilities Day that it has sparked the popular Fit and Fun program, launched in 2018 to provide a weekly opportunity for adults with a disability to participate in various sports and learn more about Health and Wellbeing.

Fit and Fun hosts guest speakers on a variety of topics and offers activities such as basketball, dance, table tennis and gymnastics with additional four-to-six-week training in cricket, soccer and tennis.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “congratulations to all those involved in the coordination of the Mornington All Abilities Day event, a well-deserved recognition of your efforts.

“All Abilities Day is a great event and it should continue for years to come”.

Cr Celi said “I am very proud of all who have worked together to achieve this Award that showcases the commitment of Mornington Peninsula Shire to build an all-inclusive, accessible and engaged community. I encourage you all to find out about the Fit and Fun program and mark your calendar for the 2019 All Abilities day in early December”.

The Fit and Fun program is held at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre every Wednesday from 9.30am to 2.30pm during school term. For more information or to book, phone: 5975 0133 or email: civicreserve@belgravialeisure.com.au

For more information about accessibility on the Peninsula including accessible beaches and recreation, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/access

Image supplied: VicSport

Photo caption: Cr Antonella Celi, Vicsport Chairman Ron Gauci, Michael Hillier from Focus, program participant Jenna, member of the Shire’s Disability Advisory Committee and genU representative Dee Davey, Emma Livesey from Belgravia Leisure, program participant Marcus, Rosemarie Ackland from Belgravia Leisure, program participant Mary, Shire’s Sport & Recreation Facilities Coordinator Casey Russel, Shire’s Senior Social Planner Kate Hills, Shire’s Sport & Recreation Operations Project Manager Amy Frost and Shire’s Disability Community Inclusion Officer Virginia Richardson at the Victorian Sport Awards where the Shire was awarded the trophy for Victorian Local Government Initiative of the Year for its All Abilities Day held at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre in Mornington.