International Day of People with Disability awards given in Murray Bridge

A sports star, an engineering firm and a teaching team have been recognised at celebrations of the International Day of People with Disability in Murray Bridge.

Three awards were presented and activities made available at Sturt Reserve on Friday.

The event's emcee, Murray Bridge council sustainable communities general manager Andrew Meddle, told those present the day was about demonstrating and celebrating what people with disability could achieve when they had opportunities to pursue their dreams.

"It seeks to remove barriers for people with disability and create inclusive communities; and it celebrates and recognises the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability," he said.

Roslyn Thomas won an award for her personal achievements, which include Tri-State Games medals and other sporting awards, volunteering, and employment at the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Council CEO Michael Sedgman and Mayor Brenton Lewis presented her with a certificate.

"Roslyn has had the honour of being nominated for this award several times and has just missed out," Mr Lewis said.

"Not this year though.

"We are so happy for you, Roslyn, with your heart of gold and infectious enthusiasm in all things."

Kennewell CNC Machining also received an award for employing multiple people with disability, giving people who faced a range of challenges in their lives an opportunity to work.

"They provide one-on-one mentoring and support to their staff, which is imperative to the success of their ongoing operations, staff training and retention strategy," Mr Sedgman said.

The teachers of a special options class at Murray Bridge North School received a commendation for creating opportunities and promoting accessibility for people with disability.

Renee Cooper, Georgina Rushy and Toni Curtis genuinely cared for the future of their students, Mr Sedgman said, and promoted their success both at the school and in the wider community.

"Their efforts are very much appreciated, especially by the students and all their parents who nominated you," Mr Sedgman said.

"Well done and thank you for your dedication."

As well as the awards, attendees were able to try accessible croquet and rowing, soccer, Sailability, bocce and cricket; have their faces painted; and enjoy a free barbecue lunch courtesy of Mobilong Rotary Club.

The United Nations’ theme for this year’s International Day of People with Disability was “transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”.