Wheelchair Sports NSW Hunter Disability Sports Expo
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the 2018 Hunter Disability Sports Expo back in April! It was a great, active weekend that will help to provide opportunities and continue changing perceptions about disability.
Information about the 2019 expo coming soon!
HUNTER DISABILITY SPORTS EXPO WILL CHANGE PERCEPTIONS
A two-day wheelchair sports Expo will be held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April in The Forum at Newcastle University, Callaghan Campus. The Expo is proudly supported by the Cauliflower Club, a rugby charity that supports organisations like Wheelchair Sports NSW (WS NSW) to enhance the lives of those with a disability through sporting opportunities.
The Expo gives budding wheelchair athletes, as well as able-bodied participants, the chance to sample a dozen different wheelchair sports including basketball, tennis, rugby, lawn bowls, badminton, boccia, handcycling, track and road racing. The Expo will coincide with the Commonwealth Games and some of the sports at the Hunter Expo will be on display at the Commonwealth Games.
Each sports station will be staffed with personnel who can provide an introduction to the rules, equipment and skills, as well as information about how they can join a disability sporting organisation like Wheelchair Sports NSW.
CEO of Wheelchair Sports NSW Jim O’Brien said the Expo had two main objectives.
“Firstly, this is all about giving people in wheelchairs an opportunity to get involved in a sport. The Expo gives them the chance to sample a wide variety of sports which involve varying degrees of skill, fitness and finesse.”
“Sport provides so many physical, psychological and social benefits. It obviously improves fitness, but one of the great benefits our members report is the lifelong friendships they develop.”
“Secondly, we also want able-bodied people to come along, sit in a wheelchair and try these sports. Shooting a three pointer into a regular height basketball hoop, or serving a tennis ball while sitting down, gives you a whole new perspective and appreciation.”
“You quickly stop seeing the disability and start appreciating the ability. It’s a great perception changer for kids and adults alike.”
Entry will be by Gold coin donation.
FRIDAY 13 APRIL (10am – 2pm)
Schools are encouraged to bring a group to sample these sports. This is an ideal team building exercise for organisations, particularly the way it changes perceptions and appreciation of the abilities of people in wheelchairs. To book a school or corporate group, contact Joe Shoebridge (WS NSW Regional Sports Development Officer) on 0439 743 777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 14 APRIL (10am – 2pm)
Members of the public can simply turn up and start playing. There will be a series of specific clinics throughout the day focusing on each individual sport.
Thanks to our 2018 event partners: