Tuesday, 7 August 2012


The term "inclusion" is thrown around with gay abandon.

Yesterday, I saw what can only be described as a practical application of the notion.

I was invited by my Mexican comrades to accompany them to an AFL match whilst in Melbourne.

Now under normal circumstances I wouldn't go within kilometers of this bizarre activity, but felt obliged out of good manners to share this experience with them. I was also threatened with dire consequences if I didn't.

It turned out to be worth the price of admission to watch the Auskick activity at half time.

The game closest to our end of the stadium featured a boy with a disability (cerebral palsy) being included in the game by a young male person, who showed a great deal of skill in maneuvering him so that he kicked the ball in the general direction of the goal.

At one point, he actually scored.

It was great to see, and both were obviously having a ball. After all, it's not everyday to get to play at Etihad stadium in front of 30000 people.

The best part of the word "inclusive" is that is the opposite of "exclusive".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess that means that if you had not been included instead of excluded by your mates you would not have witnessed this heart warming action. Much like 1970, if you hadn't been included then you would not have been included over this week. It is not a small club, but it is a significant one. Be proud to be a member.

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