Nine News shine a light on Leisure Networks support for persons with disabilities

Disability services & support organisation Leisure Networks creating inclusive opportunities

Offering support for persons with disabilities, Leisure Networks is proud to share this inspiring story of friendship and the Geelong community coming together to promote diversity and create inclusive opportunity.

In April, Nine News’ Jo Hall shared Bel’s story – from passionate Geelong Cats supporter to becoming water runner for their AFLW team. Inspired by her good friend Sam Moorfoot, who has been water runner for the Cat’s men’s team for the past nine seasons, Bel and her Leisure Networks Support Worker reached out to the Cats. Bel will head into her third season as water runner when the women’s team resume training later this year.

“Bel started with our team last season,” explained AFLW Cats forward Kate Darby. “She has brought a really fresh sense of joy and excitement to the group and the sessions she attends. Her infectious energy is really great for the group, the smile that she constantly has on her face when we come in and grab a drink between drills is always so sweet, and you can tell she is just so stoked to be involved….we are lucky to have her there along with the positivity she brings each training, as well as the times we might run into her throughout other areas of the club.

Thanks to support of Leisure Networks and AFL Barwon Bel’s & Sam’s passion for footy extends onto the field, both playing for St Joey’s football club in the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust All Abilities FNL which kicks off with Round 1 at GMHBA Stadium April 27th

Watch the full news broadcast here.

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