South Australia look to secure a fourth straight title at Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

South Australia look to secure a fourth straight title at Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

All eyes will be on South Australia at the Invacare 2019 Invacare Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival as they chase their fourth consecutive victory in the annual tournament, this time with the advantage of playing on home soil for the first time. SA team member, Brodie Healy gives us his thoughts about the upcoming competition!

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Victoria eager to prove their talent at the Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

Victoria eager to prove their talent at the Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

Coming from the spiritual home of AFL, the Victorian team have been medal winners at every Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival since the inaugural Championship in 2016; yet the all-important gold has continued to elude them. Victorian team athlete Louis Rowe gives his take on Team Victoria’s chances at the Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival!

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Australian Defence Force teams prepare for competition at the Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

Australian Defence Force teams prepare for competition at the Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival

The Invacare 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival welcomes back the Australian Defence Force (ADF) teams who will take the court in Adelaide in the fourth instalment of the national carnival.

Disability Sports Australia sat down with captain of the two 2018 ADF sides, Able Seaman Mark Daniels to discuss!

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ParaVolley Opportunity - Beach World Series Open, Pingtan, China - Call for Expressions of Interest

Beach World Series Open, Pingtan, Fuzhou, China - May 9 - 12 2019

Volleyball Australia and Disability Sports Australia are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an Australian team to participate in an international ParaVolley Standing Beach event. The 2019 Pingtan Beach World Series Open, to be held in Pingtan, Fuzhou, China, from May 9th – 12th, 2019 is part of World Paravolley’s campaign to have Standing Beach Volleyball included in the 2028 Paralympics. More information can be found at http://www.worldparavolley.org/2019-pingtan-beach-world-series-open/

A team consisting of 3 athletes and a coach will be selected to represent Australia in this event.

Expressions of Interest - Coach

To register your interest in this coaching position, please submit your volleyball specific resume (coaching experience, qualifications, working with vulnerable people card or your state’s equivalent) to pathways@avf.org.au by 11 February 2019.

A player / coach will also be considered.

Call for Expressions of Interest – Athletes

To register your interest for consideration as an athlete for this event, please submit your volleyball specific resume (age, height, playing history including competitive beach volleyball, impairment including classification if known) to pathways@avf.org.au by 18 February 2019.

Participation in this event will be self-funded. VA and DSA will continue to seek sponsor support to reduce costs and will also facilitate classification and eligibility checks.

Standing Beach Rules

A team of 3 athletes (Male, Female or Mixed) will compete on a standard Beach Volleyball court using standard Beach Volleyball rules. More details of the rules can be found at the World ParaVolley website here.

Athlete Eligibility

In order to compete at the international level an athlete must have a physical impairment and must go through the process of Classification prior to participating. As a guide, an example of a minimum impairment is a cross hand or cross foot amputation. Other eligible impairments include cerebral palsy and other neurological or musculoskeletal conditions.

Enquiries can be directed to Phil Borgeaud at pathways@avf.org.au

Announcement of the dates for 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships

Announcement of the dates for 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships

The Multibowl is back in 2019! The 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships, otherwise known at the 2019 Multibowl, will be held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay, Queensland from Sunday, 19 - Friday, 24 May 2019.

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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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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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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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