We’re collecting Gelball Stories from the community and we want YOURS!
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Why you should not surrender your gel blasters(toys)
This hobby has been my hobby for 2 years and now seeing our freedom being taken away really disgusts me.
This has been the best sport of my life. Why? Because it gets me out doors and have a true military like experience.
This ban sucks
Its been something I do with mates so ots ment quite a bit to us.
Something to live for…
As the heading says, it is something to live for. We all live our lives as law abiding citizens and contribute to the government by paying taxes. Having a 9-5 job is the boring part of many people’s lives. Yes we live for our family, partners, and career objectives but these are the thoughts we have that are already existing from the start of life. Having gel blasters as a sport gives many individuals the reasons to be excited about the end of our working week where we can go out and vent our frustrations at controlled fields while at the same time, building new friendships and having fun. We come back from work each day excited about getting ready for the weekend. Moving from high school to university and then to adulthood of working, we lose our existing friends due to these changes of different paths we choose in our lives. With this sport, we stay connected every week.
Lastly, having gel blasters as a sport where we can release stress on the playing field, allows us individuals to become better people to the public. Many of us wont become rich and famous, but that mindset is disregarded when a sport like gel blasters is around.
Typical WA nonsense
Enjoy playing with friends and my kids, weve spent hours responsibly playing with Gel blasters without incident. I can understand the risk of them being used for wrong but you cant put these toys in the same category as a tool which has caused millions of deaths.
The only way I get out of the house
Gelballing as been savour, I have been home schooled from day dot, my life consisted of no social interaction and sitting on my computer all day, once I found out about gelballing a jumped at the chance, it is now the only thing getting me out of my house and interacting with people, I’ve met so many wonderful people at perth gbg I’ve found myself more confident talking to people knowing that they have the same interests as me, I’ve lost weight from playing at perth gbg I’ve made friends and it takes away my depression, and many other gelballers can agree that it takes away stress and it’s calming after a long stressful day.
DONT BAN GELBALLING!!!!!
Act, Belong, Commit for mental health.
I work in an office job in Cyber Security. At times, this can be very stressful. With the added stress of Covid-19 I wanted to ensure I was looking after myself both physically and mentally.
The wider Govt takes mental health seriously, especially with the “Act Belong Commit” advertising campaigns. I also take my mental health seriously, so should the minister for police around any legislation for this sport.
When looking for something to help relieve stress, I found gelball. It appealed to me as for several reasons:
* Relieves stress from my job. Allowing me to have something else to concentrate on while on the playing field.
* Imposed exercise for hours on end on the playing field. Being an office worker, I found this a great easy way to get several hours exercise a week without having to go to a boring gym.
* Allowed me to meet new people and forge new friendships outside the “IT circle”. This is especially relevant, as working in Cyber Security, all I ever do is deal with people who do the same thing as me.
* Gelball does not require a full face mask like paint ball, which can make me feel claustrophobic.
* Gives me the opportunity to tinker/fix my blasters myself which also expands the hobby to a mechanical technical level.
I have previously been in a car club, but found motorsport to not only be far more dangerous but also expensive. Gelball is an EXCELLENT fit for my fitness, stress relief, wallet and social opportunities.
When I purchased my blasters, I specifically joined a gelball club. I have only used them on my own private property (for setup/maintenance) and the designated WASP paintball playing fields when at club games. All other times they’re stored out of sight.
This hobby has saved me from myself
The sport helps me cope with depression, bringing light to my otherwise dark days where I can enjoy being physically active with like-minded people to achieve through teamwork an enjoyable game of blasting. Win or lose, these oftentimes strangers work together with good humour and sportsmanship for a fun game. I have lost a significant amount of weight and improved my (mental and physical) health and fitness since taking up this hobby.
This hobby allows me to focus my mind on achieving tangible outcomes when fixing gel blasters. My mind and time is occupied in a positive way while keeping the depression at bay.
I am accepted as an equal and my skills are not questioned, either on the field or in technical expertise. My gender is irrelevant to my skills and this is one place I am accepted without feeling sexualised or objectified or less than.
I was a farm girl in Port Arthur Tasmania so I learnt to shoot from a young age but when the Port Arthur massacre in 1995 happen I was still living there at the time I never wanted to pick up a gun or be near one so when my husband was showing me gel blasters I was scared and I said you can have one but I would never touch it, it was just to close to home and brought back all the memory’s of that day it wasn’t til the gel blaster arrived that I started to relax my husband told me to just hold it to start with and then as time went on I could fire it and the more I used it the more I relaxed and didn’t get scared or cry it was a huge help now with my job I can go out once a week and just let go of all the stress of the week relax and have fun with all the new friends I have made. I never get scared or cry when I hear a backfire of a car or see or hear about guns on the tv or in public.
Gel blasters saved me now when I think of that day I remember my loved ones who I lost but not I a way where I would hide for days in my room or in myself and I can now talk about it with all of you.
Thank you Perth GBG for all you do and did for me
A great safe army like sport and outlet
It’s been wonderful watching my now 14 year old son be so passionate about a sport, a safe outlet for his army interests. The operators have always been so friendly and father like to my son who started at 12 always having been interested in army. He is an army cadet for the Australian defence force and this is a very very safe way for him to get exercise and be part of safe comradeship and an army like sport not sitting in front of the Xbox all day. It has brought him so much joy and belonging to a very responsible community who take the sport seriously and are fully aware of those responsibilities when it come to the community hence their being fields where they go to play. This has really been an amazingly uplifting sport for my son and many, many who are now crushed over this outrageous decision to take a sport away. A safe haven for anyone interested in army and gelblasters, it has provided so much happiness and as a parent much security in knowing my son is safe participating in the sport of gelball and not on the streets. This sport occupies so many people and gives them something safe to do that is still very adventurous but safe, a safe haven which also means good mental health and an avenvue for army like safe games. No one gets hurt. Walpol have taken away an entire sport and are punishing the good for the stupidity of a few criminals. Punishing the good people doing the right thing will not change the criminals 1 bit. Punish the criminals, not an entire sporting community who are doing the right thing. Sorry wapol but this is such an embarrassment on you, punishing the good people doing a sport will not help in your fight against people who are not part of this community ( the criminals) so really not sure why you are punishing people who are not criminals and are just playing a safe sport. This is a very poor choice and so much has been taken away by the very poor choice of the police minister. You have taken so many good peoples happiness and mental health away, all for a few criminals you can’t control. Why should good people pay? Gelballers do nothing wrong. They are not on the streets doing crime, they are occupied playing this sport. Go chase the criminals like you are paid to do and leave the good people who are committing no crimes alone. What a wonderful sport for families, kids and adults everywhere. People at a loose end found a place of belonging, for my son and his interests it’s given him a safe outlet and me as a parent piece of mind. Thank you Perth Gellball. May this ludicrous decision be overturned.