What We Do
Wheelchair Sports NSW provides a range of innovative sporting programs, wheelchairs, facilities, financial assistance and support staff to over 600 members, of all ages (8 to 80), at all stages (beginner to elite) across a variety of sports.
Programs are specifically designed to cater for people with disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, paraplegia, quadriplegia to other similar disabling conditions and are delivered throughout regional and metropolitan NSW to ensure all members have opportunities to participate and develop in sport.
WS NSW Programs include:
- Push Start – supporting a new FULL member’s introduction to wheelchair sport including full (free) access to WS NSW membership, programs and support services for 12 months.
- Come ‘n’ try Clinics – one-day multi-sports coaching clinics held monthly across NSW for new and developing members to try a new sport or develop their skills in an existing sport.
- Member Grants – financial assistance to members for sports related expenses including equipment, coaching, uniforms, court hire, and travel for competitions.
- Share a Chair – a fleet of sport specific wheelchairs maintained at WS NSW for loan to members to enable participation without the financial burden of purchasing a new chair
- Sports Camps – sport specific camp/events which introduce new sports to existing members across NSW (for example, the Junior Wheelie Christmas Camp)
- Coaching & Sport Sessions – specialised coaching clinics and weekly sport sessions, for developing and novice athletes
- Competitions & Tournaments – WS NSW hosts a series of international, national and local sport competitions and tournaments in NSW in various sports each year, as well as providing subsidised access for members to attend other events interstate/internationally.
- Talented Athlete Program – a pathway for members displaying high potential to progress to the elite level in their chosen sport including specialized one-on-one coaching sessions with a senior athlete or coach
- Roadshow – An innovative program designed to educate and raise awareness of the risks of poor decision making on the roads. The program features a presentation on road safety and a practical wheelchair basketball session to raises awareness of road safety.
- Kevin Betts Stadium – a two-court dedicated sports facility, based at Mt. Druitt, owned by WS NSW providing a facility for local community sports bookings and competitions in basketball, netball, social sports, disability sports and school sport programs.
WS NSW Sports include:
Archery / Basketball / Fencing / Handcycling / Lawn Bowls / Powerlifting / Wheelchair Rugby / Shooting / Swimming Table Tennis / Wheelchair Tennis / Track & Road WS NSW advocates the ‘Play by the Rules’ website – a national initiative that provides information, resources, tools and free online training to assist preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment and child safety issues in sport.