Show Us You Can Play! Ambassadors, including Brendan Spencer, K&K Calisthenics, Ken Hanson, Luke David, Yasmina McGlone and Jason Lees.

Show Us You Can Play!

Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories with inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

What is Show Us You Can Play?

Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories with inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

The inaugural 2021 series was created in partnership with Victoria Together, with each episode providing a deeper insight into the athletes from sports including AFL Wheelchair, powerchair sports, lawn bowls, callisthenics, wheelchair rugby, blind cricket, and blind football (soccer), and see the life-changing impact sport and recreation can have on people's lives. 

Each episode shows us just how important education, inclusive attitudes, and mindset can be, driving home the idea, 'You Can't Be What You Can't See' which is a key theme for the whole series.

Show Us You Can Play! also addresses the social isolation and mental health concerns that people with disability experience.

Through watching, sharing, and engaging with this series, we hope you will not only consider how to get involved - but inspire and uplift others who may benefit from a greater awareness of how our entire community can become more active.

Watch the 2021 series

Show Us You Can Play! demonstrates just some of the stories of individuals who actively participate in sport and recreation and the impact that has had on them as people and their lives.

Brendan Spencer playing blind sports on a grass field, he is wearing a blind fold and a yellow and green sports top. A soccer ball has been thrown by another person and Brendan's hands are out ready to catch it.

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Meet our Show Us You Can Play! ambassadors

Yasmina McGlone is smiling at the camera in an indoor sports stadium, she is wearing a black and yellow Richmond AFL top and is holding a red AFL football.

Yasmina McGlone

AFL Wheelchair

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Brendan Spencer is outside laughing happily. He is wearing a yellow sports top with green markings and 'Australia' written on the front and silver glasses.

Brendan Spencer

Blind Cricket

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Ken Hanson is smiling at the camera, he is wearing a white polo top with blue and red markings on it representing his Lawn Bowls club.

Ken
Hanson

Lawn Bowls

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Luke David is in an indoor sports stadium and is smiling at the camera. He is wearing a black polo shirt and pants and is using a wheelchair.

Luke
David

Powerchair Sports

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An image of a young person holding calisthenics clubs above their head, with a K&K Calisthenics coach supporting them from behind.

K&K Calisthenics

Calisthenics

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Jason Lees is outside next to a building and is smiling at the camera, he is wearing a black polo shirt.

Jason

Lees

Wheelchair Rugby

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2021Winner: Robert Wilson

“For me it’s important to be physically active (with Kettlebells at Rella’s) for my own wellbeing and health, also for the voluntary work that I do for St Johns Ambulance” where Rob has been a volunteer for 41 years and is currently a state officer in charge of awards, doing lots of call-outs.

 

Robert Wilson contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia in 2003, his toes were amputated, the remainder of his feet and legs were reconstructed to save his life. This included extensive skin grafts and some of his right calf removed.


Robert got involved during 2019 with Rella’s Strength and Wellness Hub in Cheltenham when approved for NDIS, part of which was physio and strength training.

 

In 2020, Robert and Cindy were doing online training, “I joked around about doing Kettlebells and I started doing the actions for it, we both thought: ‘let’s give it a go'.”

 

Kettlebell Sport requires strength, endurance, cardio fitness, balance, coordination to complete the lift in 10-minute, challenging without a disability.

 

“We started introducing kettlebell swinging to help balance; he then learned to lift and now enters competitions. He is our first-ever disabled athlete in Australia,” says Cindy from Rella’s.

 

Robert found that “being on the platform in competition nothing else really mattered because it showed me the way I can actually move the Kettlebell and compete.”

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How to get involved

Launching the Show Us You Can Play! campaign once again in 2022, all Victorians with a disability, their friends and families, will be invited to submit short videos showing how they have been able to keep active at home or in their area in recent times. 

Once submissions close, an independent panel will choose the most unique and innovative stories. The chosen applicants will then have the opportunity to work with us to tell their stories through professional videos. There are also some great prizes up for grabs for the top three (3) videos!

A selection of videos we receive will also be hosted on DSR TV, and become part of a wider showcase that highlights the different ways people with disability can get active.

Dates to be announced.