The Breaking Barriers program is a 2-part proposal outlining strategies to re-establish the Special Olympics Softball program. This is the program currently being piloted in South East QLD. Major achievements have been met over the past twelve months, with a number of regional Come and Try days staged.
The first part of the program involves working within Special School sporting clusters. SQI and SOQ work with both a SO region and District Association to host an interschool softball competition between a number of Special Schools. The first T-ball Gala day was conducted in 2013 at Ipswich and included schools from West Brisbane and Ipswich. Special Olympics Brisbane West and the Ipswich Softball Association were also involved in this program. More Special School softball programs are planned for the near future.
The second part of the Breaking Barriers program links in with the Unified Softball League. This program targets older athletes such as upper secondary school aged children right through to adults. District Associations work closely with their SO Region in this part of the program. Coaches and volunteers from Softball Associations will give SO athletes the opportunity to learn the game of Softball through weekly or fortnightly training sessions. The athletes will also work with abled bodied players and will form a unified team to compete in the USL. More information on Unified Softball League click here.