As another season of Auslan Auskick has just come to an end, we want to thank everyone at South Melbourne Districts Football Club who have helped make footy more fun and accessible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We also want to thank interpreter Ashley Newberry who has provided fantastic Australian Sign Language (Auslan) support.
We were thrilled to welcome five year old Oliver “Olli” McEwen to Auslan Auskick a couple of weeks ago. Oliver displayed some fine talent and shared with the club a little bit about himself:
Fave Team: We come from Tigerland….
Fave Player: Big brother Will
Fave Coach: Ashley – because he signs to me.
Fave Food: Aunty Katie’s doughnuts
The Club reported ‘By all accounts, both Olli and his family had a fantastic time with Nic Wolosiuk and the Kinder Squad and we would love to see them back for more fun. It was great to see such a big smile on his face. Thanks must go to DCA’s Noel Henderson and interpreter Ashley for the enormous contribution they make to our Auskick Centre each week.’
We hope Oliver will join us again next year and welcome any other children who are deaf or hard of hearing who would like to come along. For more details, see our Auslan Auskick page.