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Inclusive Bundaberg sports program celebrated

Stepping into Bundaberg
Participants of the Stepping into Bundaberg Sports Program enjoy a day out in the surf.

STEPS Autism Treehouse and STEPS Community Support is celebrating an inclusive sporting milestone, with the Stepping into Bundaberg Sports Program reaching two years.

The initiative provides a range of opportunities for children with ASD in the Bundaberg Region, promoting physical activity and socialisation.

Thirteen different sporting activities have been offered during the program ranging from rugby league, basketball and cricket all the way to archery, ten pin bowling and stand-up paddle boarding.

The opportunities have been made available for free to the Bundaberg community.

STEPS Group Australia managing director Carmel Crouch said the aim of the program was to improve social inclusion and fitness in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

She said by providing an inclusive and supportive environment, children aged 12 to 18 could enjoy many of the benefits of being involved in both team and individual sports.

“More than 250 children were involved, and we feel incredibly privileged to be able to offer this to the Bundaberg community,” Ms Crouch said.

Stepping into Bundaberg
Participants of the Stepping into Bundaberg Sports Program enjoy a day out in the surf.

An event will kick off at 3.30 pm at PCYC Bundaberg to wrap up this year's program and celebrate the children and sporting clubs that participated along the way.

There will be awards presented for participants as well as giveaways and prizes for all involved.

“Another benefit of the program is that we are able to connect with families and their children living with autism that don’t already have any form of support network,” Ms Crouch said.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide support to our communities with access to resources, life skills programs, social events and education.”

Find out more about the Stepping into Bundaberg Sports Program here.

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