WARWICK CENTRAL SUPERSTARS: Summah J Elliott Bailey and Aleisha Winsor-Bennet enjoy playing netball at the Broncos Cup.
WARWICK CENTRAL SUPERSTARS: Summah J Elliott Bailey and Aleisha Winsor-Bennet enjoy playing netball at the Broncos Cup. Tessa Flemming

Diabetics never thought they'd play, but hit court for cup

THIS year's Broncos Cup is for everyone, even those who thought they'd never get a chance to play.

If Warwick Central students Summah Elliott-Bailey and Aleisha Winsor-Bennet blood sugar levels fall, the pair could find themselves in serious risk of dizziness, heart palpitations or worse.

For the type one diabetics, they thought this meant they might never get their shot to play sports like everyone else their age.

But thanks to their teachers, the girls are now members of the team.

"If it wasn't for Mr Craggs, I don't think I would have been able to play at all," Summah said.

Teacher Dave Craggs said it was important the girls didn't feel excluded from their peers.

"You can't let things like that stop you from living," he said.

"We work really hard they feel included in everything"

During the day, each girl will be tested regularly by teacher aide Toni Mcintosh who had to undergo state training to ensure both girls were in the most experienced hands possible.

"It's good because the team knows what to expect too and covers them," she said.

For Summah, being able to play like any other student at her school meant the world, especially knowing her team had her back.

"The team is really good at asking if we're OK," she said.

"We're never stopped and they still try their hardest on the field to get the ball from us."