Show Us You Can Play: Blind Sports Victoria

When Brendan Spencer attended an open day in Kooyong to see the different sports he could play, little did he know he'd end up representing Australia in both Blind cricket and football.

Brendan Spencer demonstrating Blind Cricket for Show us You can Play too campaign

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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1.5 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.

For Brendan Spencer, it was an open day in Kooyong that made him aware of the different sports he could play.

Brendan is classified as a B1 and is completely blind. In the sport of blind cricket he has played for his club, represented Victoria at the National Cricket Inclusion Championship (NCIC), and played for Australia at the Blind Cricket World Cup in India in 2017. 

“When out in the middle of the ground I feel on an equal playing field, I feel that anything is possible because I am in control.”

In blind cricket, each side must select four players who are completely blind, with the other slots filled by B2 [maximum five per cent vision] and B3 players. Any runs scored by a completely blind player [B1] are doubled and their performance is often a considerable factor towards the outcome of a match.

Brendan has achieved some remarkable statistics for Victoria at the NCIC. He was ranked #4 of all the bowlers for wickets taken at the event and #12 of all the batters with 441 runs at an average of 33.9 and the highest score of 72. 

When talking about the help players receive to prepare and participate in sport, he says “I feel that anything is possible, however, the support by the family and extended families is super important.”

Brendan was also chosen to be the captain of the inaugural Australian Blind Football (soccer) team. They played against India in Kochi during September 2018 in preparation for the Asian Blind Football (B1) Championship.

Blind football (soccer) is played using a size three audible ball with low bounce. The players rely on the sound emitted from the ball and verbal instructions from other players and the coach.

The game is made up of five members per side, one goalkeeper, and four players. It is played on a smaller football pitch that is 40 metres by 20 metres with side kickboards. 

There are two formats – blind football (B1) and vision-impaired or partially sighted football (B2/B3), which is internationally recognised and played at the Paralympics. 

“I feel that because we are all equal…anything any of us players might do – that’s going to be valued just as much as it would be for those sighted players if they were to do the same.”

Sport has been so rewarding for Brendan that he encourages parents to get their kids out there so "they get an understanding of what inclusive sport is.”

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