2018 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship Recap

2018 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship Recap

From Friday, 5 - Sunday, 7 October 2018, the GIO NSW Gladiators, Suncorp QLD Cyclones, Victoria Protect Thunder and the Australian Invictus Wheelchair Rugby Team met at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre for three hard-hitting days of the best wheelchair rugby Australia has to offer!

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medal winners

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medal winners

Wow! What a fantastic Commonwealth Games we've had so far! It's hard to keep track of everyone who has won medals, so we took the time to extract the Para sport medal winners from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medal tally webpage. We'll do our best to keep this list up to date as more medal winners are announced. Please let us know if we've missed any!

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Supporter Spotlight - Para Mobility

Proudly part of the DNW Group, one of the founding members of the DSA Supporters Club, Para Mobility has been leading the way in Australian Made and manufactured specialised disability equipment for the home, workplace, transport, exercise, leisure, or rehabilitation needs.

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Para Mobility was founded in 1983 to make everyday living easier for those who need accessibility solutions in their own homes, workplaces and communities and regularly support able-bodied people in their rehabilitation, who are temporarily injured, all the way through to Para Athletes or people in wheelchairs looking for more independence.

Since then their disability equipment has made a significant contribution to facilitate inclusiveness in public spaces, commercial environments such as shopping centres and hotels and for consumers in residential developments in keeping with Building Code (Access to Premises) requirements in the Disability Discrimination Act.

Para Mobility General Manager, Sally Farrow, says the company is proud to be one of the few Australian Made and owned manufacturers in the disability sector “We truly listen to what our customers need and subsequently design customised, tailored lifting, mobility and access solutions that enable more freedom and independence” 

Para Mobility’s market-leading products are found in a range of sporting venues, Aquatic & leisure centres, Gyms, Rehab hospitals such as Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Sea World, Wet n Wild Sydney, Westmead Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, just to name a few.

A recent project undertaken to ensure elite Para Athletes at the Commonwealth Games in QLD are supported in 2018, involved the installation of 4 Para Mobility pool hoists.

Successful commercial Pool builder Josh Torrance of Torrance Aquatics built the 4 pools at Parklands Project, the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, and for him, choosing another 100% Australian owned company with Australian made products was key in his choice of Para Mobility’s high-quality disability pool hoists.

Josh notes “It’s not just the Australian manufactured products that are important, it’s the ability to have local teams accessible for installation and servicing of disability equipment to ensure safety for the users of the equipment that is often in fairly harsh aquatic environments and are maintained to the highest quality to reflect our quality reputation and brand”

Dean Willemsen, Managing Director of DNW Group, notes “The Assistive Technology we manufacture at Para Mobility is specifically designed to support diversely abled people across Australia to access work, health and leisure opportunities that many of us that are able-bodied often take for granted”.  

Para Mobility is passionate about supporting consumers in their own home or community also, enabling people to take a dip in a pool or spa mostly unassisted, take advantage of the feeling of the waves at the beach, being able to access bathroom facilities in a shopping centre or at the movies or getting in and out of the front seat of their own car.

Along with Developers, Architects, Insurers, Occupational Therapists and other clinicians, Access Consultants, pool builders, project managers, government representatives or those who are seeking to lead the way in accessibility and inclusivity, universal design and livable housing design principles seek out Para Mobility products for their projects and to benefit the customers. 

If you have a commercial or consumer enquiry please don’t hesitate to get in touch with DNW Group or Para Mobility team on: 
Phone: 1300 444 600
Email: sales@paramobility.com.au
Website: www.paramobility.com.au 
Twitter: @ParaMobility
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/para-mobility/  
Facebook: Facebook.com/ParaMobility

 Left to right: Para Mobility: Craig Slattery, Sarah Whiddon, David Donaldson, Sally Farrow DNW Group: Kevin Reinert, Jessica Hirst

Left to right: Para Mobility: Craig Slattery, Sarah Whiddon, David Donaldson, Sally Farrow DNW Group: Kevin Reinert, Jessica Hirst

Matt Wells appointed Referee Commissioner for NWBL and WNWBL

Matt Wells appointed Referee Commissioner for NWBL and WNWBL

A past referee, educator and advocate for wheelchair basketball, Matt Wells has been appointed as the referee commissioner for Australia's national wheelchair leagues, the NWBL and WNWBL.

Wells' involvement in the sport of wheelchair basketball has spanned over 20 years including refereeing at three Paralympics.

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ASC PUBLISHES Australian Physical Literacy Definition and Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard

ASC PUBLISHES Australian Physical Literacy Definition and Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard

The ASC are delighted to announce the release of the Australian Physical Literacy Definition (the Definition) and the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard (the Standard). These represent vital first steps in the ASC's mission to counteract the decline in movement while supporting the increase in participation across sport, physical activity and recreation.

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Australian Chef de Mission named Best Official at International Paralympic Awards

Australian Chef de Mission named Best Official at International Paralympic Awards

The leadership of Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin has been recognised by the International Paralympic movement after she was crowned Best Official from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

McLoughlin accepted the highly prestigious honour at the 2017 International Paralympic Awards Gala overnight in Abu Dhabi.

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A better world for wheelers and people with disabilities – Google Maps’ call to arms

A better world for wheelers and people with disabilities – Google Maps’ call to arms

Google’s Map and Local Guides team have taken to their blog overnight calling on people with disabilities and their family, carers and friends or even the general public to help add information relating to accessibility about venues, places of interest and transport stops and interchanges.

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Wheelchair Rugby Wrap-up - 2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship

Wheelchair Rugby Wrap-up - 2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship

From 2-5 August 2017, six (6) of the world’s finest teams showed why wheelchair rugby is ‘Not just your regular seat at the rugby’. Two Championships were on offer - the 2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship and the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Official Test Event.

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2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship – not your regular seat at the Rugby!

2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship – not your regular seat at the Rugby!

From August 2 - 5, six of the world’s finest wheelchair rugby teams, including three international teams, will do battle on court in the 2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship and the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Official Test Event

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Welcome, Bangladesh, to the Wheelchair Rugby family!

Welcome, Bangladesh, to the Wheelchair Rugby family!

Hot steamy conditions welcomed us to the colourful chaos that is Dhaka, Bangladesh in early April. Thanks to funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, via support from Disability Sports Australia, the IWRF was able to bring a development clinic to Bangladesh.

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500 days to 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship

500 days to 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship

Disability Sports Australia (DSA) today marked the 500 day countdown to the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship to be held in Sydney, August 2018 with the announcement of a historic corporate partnership and appointment of the Championship Patron at Government House, Sydney.Write here...

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