From left, are, Sirjana Ojha, Kaylene Jones, Yasmin King, Nakia Taylor (front), Sarah Stuart, Maude Boate, and Trayton Jenner (front), from Life Without Barriers celebrating their win in the Festival of Ability talent quest.
From left, are, Sirjana Ojha, Kaylene Jones, Yasmin King, Nakia Taylor (front), Sarah Stuart, Maude Boate, and Trayton Jenner (front), from Life Without Barriers celebrating their win in the Festival of Ability talent quest. Cathy Adams

Performance shows ability of Life Without Barriers clients

FEATHER boas? Check.

Sparkly sequinned outfits? Check.

Fun dance routine? Check.

Support accommodation clients from Life Without Barriers were certainly out to make an impression at the Festival of Ability at the Lismore Greyhound Track yesterday.

And their efforts paid off - they took out first place in the festival's talent quest, hosted by Mandy Nolan.

For the past six months the Life Without Barriers group has been working closely with Lismore-based drag queen Maude Boate.

She said she was proud of their hard work.

"A few tears have been shed here today, I can tell you, but they're definitely happy tears," Maude said.

Life Without Barriers disability programs co-ordinator Emma Turner said working with Maude had given her clients more confidence and the chance to try something new.

"They performed a dance routine with a medley of songs," she said.

"The clients have made their own outfits, with Maude's help, and it's been a wonderful experience for everyone."

The Festival of Ability was held in Lismore yesterday as a celebration of International Day of People with Disability.

As well as the talent quest, the festival also included performances from country music singer Renee McAlpin of Lismore, The Red Inc band The Last Path, and La Fontinella.

Other activities included a pavement chalk contest with prizes and a photographic exhibition, plus many community group stalls and activities for the whole community.

A sausage sizzle was run by the local Lions club.


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