The WA Basketball Centre played host to the ‘Everyone’s Game’ Basketball Carnival on Sunday 29 August, which was well-attended and provided a fun experience for players, organisers and spectators.
Organised by Basketball WA in conjunction with the Recreation and Sport Network, the carnival was for athletes with an intellectual disability and was attended by over 150 people.
The event was aimed at bringing together existing basketball groups that run sessions throughout Perth, so that they could compete and participate together at the one event.
Eight teams competed in a total of six games each, which culminated in an exciting all-star game at the conclusion of the day.
Perth Wildcats player Drew Williamson was on hand to announce the players to the all-star team and also participated in the game at the end.
West Coast Waves players Michelle Joy and Rachel Watman attended the event to play in the all-star game as well as being special guest referees on the day.
The event was the first of its kind and definitely a step forward for inclusion within basketball in WA.
Due to its success and the positive feedback from players, spectators and organisers on the day, it seems the carnival will be the catalyst for a number of events in the future.
Basketball WA thanks the Recreation and Sport Network, West Coast Waves, Perth Wildcats, ROAD’s Group (Queens Park), Special Olympics Group (Hamersley Recreation Centre), Swan Friendship Group (Altone Park), Perth Hills Education Support Schools Team (Kalamunda) and Dave Maxwell for their support and efforts towards the ‘Everyone’s Game’ Basketball Carnival.
Photo (L – R): Drew Williamson, Geoff Stewart, Michelle Joy and Rachel Watman.