Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Statements by Members
Goldstein Electorate: Firbank Grammar School
The inclusive spirit of Goldstein, our wonderful community, was in full swing last week as Firbank Grammar launched the All Stars sports and activity program for children with a disability. Firbank's All Stars program is ensuring all of our community live a healthy and productive lifestyle. The program was inspired by Sam, a young boy with cerebral palsy, who captivated his swimming coaches after 18 months with a can-do attitude. We should celebrate the willingness of Sam, Lola, Archie, Grace, Tilly, Jamal, Louis, Andrew, Harry, Ruby, Mitchell, Caleb, Isabelle, Lochie and Jesse. Well done and keep going, because we're proud of you and your support for and participation in this program. Thank you also to the Firbank girls for volunteering their time to assist: Charlotte, Lucy, Marlo, Zoe, Cara, Flossy, Summer, Anna, Skye and Alice. Particular thanks go to Lucy Weddell and Peter Russo, who are the architects of this program.
We can all be part of improving accessibility and opportunities for Australians with a disability. Those who have impairments are not obliged to be inspirational, but they can inspire, just like everybody else. Seeing determination and readiness to excel is enriching, and the Firbank All Stars were no exception. Congratulations.