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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Kerry-Ann Saunders from WA iSports holds one of the Birds of Prey eagles.
Camera IconKerry-Ann Saunders from WA iSports holds one of the Birds of Prey eagles.

WA iSports celebrated the opening of its new sports ground at Payne Park on Tuesday with an event coinciding with International Day of People with Disability.

The afternoon included live music, a sausage sizzle, an interactive display from Birds of Prey and a range of sporting activities such as SNAG golf and bocce.

WA iSports chairwoman Allison Burnett said the opening of the new grounds and additional ramp was timely.

“We wanted the event to coincide with International Day of People with Disability,” Ms Burnett said.

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“Today is a celebration of diversity and acceptance.

“All of our members are unique and make a valuable contribution to the community.”

Additions to the new sporting ground include a ramp from the clubhouse to the grounds and a redeveloped surface.

“We didn’t have a playing surface that was at a standard required to play sports so we sought government and local council funding and were able to redevelop the surface,” Ms Burnett said.

“With the new playing surface and the addition of a ramp we can provide more incredible opportunities for our members.”

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan also attended the event to officially open the facility.

“This project would not have been possible without the help from volunteers and the WA iSports team,” Mr Brennan said.

“It is a great pleasure to be here and open the wonderful new facilities which were partly funded by the City of Bunbury.”

International Day of People with Disability is held on December 3 each year. The day aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

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