Show Us You Can Play! - AFL Wheelchair

For Yasmina McGlone, being born with a neurological condition made her feel like she didn't deserve to be happy. Playing AFL Wheelchair has her what her body can do, and just how strong she really is.

Show us you can play AFL Wheelchair Yasmina McGlone

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.


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2 minutes

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

“I always struggled with accepting the fact that I was born with a body that worked differently.”

Yasmina McGlone plays for the Richmond Football Club wheelchair football team. For years, Yasmina felt like there was something wrong with her and that she didn’t deserve to be happy because she was born with a neurological condition called Myoclonus Dystonia.

“Whenever my muscles jerked, I felt ashamed of my body and my mind would go into attack mode. I believed the stories I told myself; I’m unlovable, I’m broken, I will never be happy, and the list goes on.’

“AFL Wheelchair has allowed me to become more comfortable with my body and taught me how strong I am. It’s always been my happy place!”

AFL Wheelchair is an adapted version of our great game, providing people with a physical disability the opportunity to play. AFL Victoria has partnered with Disability Sport & Recreation to expand the sport within Victoria.

The game is played between two teams of five (5), plus interchange players. The field is a rectangular court divided into thirds (like netball), with goalposts at either end of the field. Players are assigned to the position as either a defender, centre, or to the forward line with the forwards the only players able to score.

Richmond, Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda, and Collingwood football clubs all have teams competing in the Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL). The league focuses on promoting social inclusion and allowing more Victorians to enjoy the benefits of physical activity.

“Competing as a woman has been really important to participate, I like to show that we can be strong and that we can also play fierce. And that just because we are female it doesn’t mean we can’t play as hard or have as much impact in a game.’

“When I stopped fighting who I was and instead embraced it, the world opened up, and then one day I didn’t have to paint that smile on my face because it was real!’

“Sport is such a powerful tool. I think it’s important we keep looking at ways of making sport accessible as everyone should have the opportunity to have access to sport.”

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