Booragoon: sporting skills shine through at Proudly Productive

d492159 Proudly Productive work coach Julie-Anne Norrish, therapy dog Albus, team member Chris Minutillo, work coach Dylan Swallwood and team member Alex Tilly Picture: Jon Hewson
d492159 Proudly Productive work coach Julie-Anne Norrish, therapy dog Albus, team member Chris Minutillo, work coach Dylan Swallwood and team member Alex Tilly Picture: Jon Hewson

EVERYWHERE you look at Proudly Productive, you can see sporting talent.

Claremont Football Club’s Dylan Smallwood and East Fremantle Football Club’s Julie-Anne Norrish are two of the work coaches at the workshop, which is for young people living with disabilities.

Sporting talent at the workshop is not limited to the duo with two of the clients, known as team members, playing in the Special Olympics.

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Marc Barnesby-Buies is a talented golfer while Chris Minutillo has competed in two Special Olympics in soccer.

Ms Norrish said the duo undertaken a number of activities with the team members, including playing sport, building furniture and improving their social skills.

“It’s fun to have a kick with them and be a part of the team here,” she said.

“Marc being so good at golf it’s meant that he has been able to teach me.

‘His coach came up and talked to me and gave me the same advice that Marc did, which was a great sign.”

Proudly Productive director Colleen Armstrong said there was a lot of respect between the work coaches and the team members about their sporting ability.

“In the old days, it wasn’t so cool for mainstream kids to work in this field but times have changed,” she said.

“We’ve been running for three years and we’ve seen the positive impression left by the sporting stars.”

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