The Sunshine dance group recognized in the sports handicap awards


A new Sunshine dance group for disabled children is among the finalists for this year’s Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.

Alyshia Clarke, a teacher at Sunshine Special Development School, said the award was a feat, especially because Dance 4 All only started in February 2021.

“We’re very new and we had to go through lockdown and everything,” she said.

Ms Clarke said there were 30 students in the Sunshine dance group, who lived in the west and had disabilities including intellectual and physical.

She said the groups formed at the Footscray Church of Christ in Gordon Street and the innovative program saw parents travel up to 45 minutes for their children to attend.

“There’s nothing else for them,” Ms Clarke said.

She said Dance 4 All, which is a finalist in the Inclusive Sports, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure category, was one of the first in the Midwest to offer a dance program specifically designed for students with special needs. various.

Other locals recognized in the awards are Duke Trench-Thiedeman of Altona and Ian Bridge of Seddon who are both finalists in the Administrator of the Year category for their work in para-badminton.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 8.


Dora Houpis


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