February 2018

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School's back and so is WheelTalk

Group of students listen to a WheelTalk presentation

Each year over 19,000 students learn about the importance of inclusiveness through our interactive WheelTalk program.

WheelTalk encourages students to think about diversity and acceptance while gaining an understanding of what it is like to live with disability.

Presented by Victorians with disability who are actively involved in sport and recreation, WheelTalk combines unique stories of lived disability with the opportunity to play up to an hour of wheelchair basketball.

If you're a teacher and you've already locked in your WheelTalk sessions for 2018 – you're definitely winning at being a teacher AND being organised.

If you haven't, what are you waiting for? The popular session times are filling fast, don't miss out! Book WheelTalk for your school now.

Invitation to go fishing

Boy on a fishing boat waving

In partnership with the Indented Head Boat Club, we are very excited to invite our junior members for a day of boating and fishing fun.

You may get to see some seals or have a go at driving the boat! They've even guaranteed you'll catch a fish!

All fishing equipment, life jackets and first aid provided.

When: Sunday 18 March, 8:15-11am, with a BBQ and celebration ceremony afterwards

Where: Indented Head Boat Club, 326 The Esplanade, Indented Head

Who: Junior members of DSR, aged 7-16 (a parent, guardian or carer must accompany the child). 

Cost: Free

Only five spaces are available so register your interest online now.

For more information, contact Ayden Shaw on (03) 9473 0133.

A huge thank you to the Indented Head Boat Club members who are making their boats available for this fishing adventure!

Thank you!

Disability Sport and Recreation logo

Thank you to everyone who filled out the individual member survey for 2017.

Some of the top responses we received were:

  • 86% of our members with disability are physically active
  • Our members take part in physical activity for fitness, fun, friendship and to stay active and healthy
  • The top reasons that some members don't take part in physical activity include lack of transport options and costs
  • 71% agree we are the peak body for sport and recreation for people with disability in Victoria
  • 84% of our members are interested in coming to member-only events. 

Congratulations to the following members for winning the three rewards:

DSR members enjoy the Australian Open

Woman outside Rod Laver Arena

Last month we were able to give 16 lucky members ground passes to enjoy the Australian Open. 

One of our members who snapped up a ticket, is Georgina - pictured here.

Georgina and her mum let us know that they had a great day watching Dylan Alcott win. They also saw Adam Kellerman play and were allowed in to Margaret Court Arena to watch the women's doubles.

Thanks Tennis Australia for making our members' day!

Other member news

  • Nathan Pellissier, one of our Future Leader Program graduates, received equal runner up for The Don Deeble 2017 Rising Star Award.

No festival...for now

Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival

Based on feedback from our exhibitors and stakeholders, we’ve decided that it’s in everyone’s best interests if we don’t reschedule the 2017 festival (remember we had to postpone it due to the terrible weather). It is a hard decision, but the right one.

Instead, we will focus on making the 2018 festival the best yet. 

This year, International Day of People with Disability falls on Monday 3 December. Lock that into your diaries now as the date for the 2018 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival!

Riders have their sights set on Sri Lanka

It's less than two weeks till our fearless riders, with and without disability, head off on their 500km charity ride through Sri Lanka.

We can't wait to see their adventure unfold!

You can stay up-to-date on the CyclePower Facebook page.

Or make a donation to this life changing adventure.

To support the cause, an incredible fundraising dinner was held at Cinnamon's Sri Lankan Restaurant last week.

The riders and 140 of their supporters got a taste of Sri Lankan food and hospitality while finding out more about the CyclePower initiative.

Thank you to the following businesses for supporting CyclePower 2018:


Peregrine Accountants and Business Services

Chrystal Homes


Beach accessibility coming to Point Leo

Man pushing a woman into the water in a beach wheelchair

Following up on the information in our last issue of Vortex about accessible beach facilities, we've learnt that a boardwalk providing wheelchair access from Point Leo Lifesaving Club has been approved.

The boardwalk will be finished by the end of March at the latest. You can read more of the details in the Mornington Peninsula News.

Hobsons Bay City Council are also aiming for two fully accessible beaches by 2020.

Until Sunday 1 April there will be beach matting on both Williamstown and Altona Beachs, seven days a week.

You can also hire FREE beach wheelchairs on Saturdays and Sundays during surf life saving club patrol hours (12pm to 5pm).

Find all the details on the Hobsons Bay City Council website.

Don't forget, you can find a helpful list of accessible beaches on the Australian accessible beach directory.

If you'd like to hire your own beach wheelchair from our adaptive equipment library (like the one pictured), contact Ayden on (03) 9473 0133 or ayden.shaw@dsr.org.au

Waterski your way through summer

Man waterskiing

If you've been thinking about giving water skiing a crack, the come and try days with Disabled Water Ski Victoria will give you a gentle introduction.

The next day is this Friday 16 February. 11am start at Bridgewater. $25 with a light lunch included.

All abilities welcome – what are you waiting for?

For more information, call:

  • Jason on 0411 550 117
  • Will on 0428 797 058
  • Vaughn on 0417 050 331

Skate your way into winter!

Woman para ice skating with help from two people

We had a great time checking out the para ice hockey last month and can't wait to see this sport grow.

The Australian Para Ice Hockey Association is holding two come and try skates in March. On-ice coaching staff will be on hand to give everyone taking part help and guidance.

Sunday 4 March, 8-10pm
Sunday 18 March, 8-10pm 

Where: O'Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands

An optional whiteboard classroom session will be offered at 7.30pm before the Sunday 18 March skate. Coaching staff will explain para ice hockey rules and answer any questions you have.

You need to register your interest by emailing Pam Cavanagh, Ice Sports Victoria President on president@icesportsvictoria.org.au.

Looking for a career in sport and recreation?

Promotional flyer for the Victoria Polytechnic Certificate I Work Education course

Do you have an intellectual disability and looking for a career in the sport and recreation industry?

Study and train your way to a career in sport through the Certificate I Work Education (Sport) course with our friends at Victoria Polytechnic.

Courses start next week but if you miss out, maybe you could consider the mid-year intake or start thinking about your study plans for 2019?

You can contact Monique about the course on Monique.FitzGerald@vu.edu.au

Fancy an open water swim?

2018 NOW Festival logo

The Mitchelton Park 2 Pub ‘n Back Open Water Swim is part of the Nagambie On Water Festival.

The 1.1km open water swim is inclusive, with a ramp available at the start and finish to cater for disability swimmers.

When: Saturday 3 March, 2018 at 11:30am

Where: Buckley Park Boat Ramp, Blayney Lane, Nagambie

Age groups: Veterans (55+), Masters (35-54), Seniors (16-34), Juniors (10-15yr)

You can find more information, and register, online.

Or call Ian on 0421 283 552.

All abilities movement classes

Group of people in a movement class

These free-flowing classes will provide a fun, safe environment to explore your own way of moving.

Weekly activities will include improvised movement, dance, stretching and relaxation.

Classes are open to adults of all abilities, no experience
necessary. The venue is wheelchair accessible and support workers are welcome.

When: Tuesdays, 30 January - 27 March, 2018;

Time: 10-11:30am

Where: Rockbank Hall, 24 Old Leakes Road, Rockbank 3335

Cost: free (but you need to book)

You can find more information, or register, online.

Or contact Active Arts Project Officer Gabriela on 9747 5371 or 

Get to the pointy end with disability darts

Dart board surrounded by flames

World Disability Darts Association, in conjunction with Darts Australian and Darts Victoria, invite people with disability to register for the Arnold Classic Darts Challenge.

The finals will be held at the Arnold Classic, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, on Sunday 18 March.

Equipment is available for everyone to try, including the 'sundial' dart map for people with a visual impairment.

  • talk to accredited darts coaches
  • meet some of Australia's best junior players
  • meet one of New Zealand's first wheelchair darts/rugby players.

Register by emailing wildfire137@yandex.com

AFL Wheelchair Big-V squad announced

Man playing AFL Wheelchair

Following on from the three trial sessions held last month, a team of 11 wheelchair football players has been chosen to represent Victoria in the Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships.

Four players will be donning the Big-V for the first time, marking the growing popularity of AFL Wheelchair in Victoria. 

Read the full list of players, plus coaching staff, on the AFL Victoria website

The Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships will be held in Melbourne on 21-23 March, 2018.

Box Hill Institute Disability Golf Classic 2018

Group of men playing golf. Two of them are in wheelchairs.

After the success of our first Golf Classic last year, we are pleased to announce the details for our 2018 Disability Golf Classic in partnership with Golf Victoria.

We also warmly welcome Box Hill Institute as our Gold Sponsor.

This event not only raises funds like a traditional golf day, it is an exclusive opportunity to play alongside golfers who are competing in the inaugural Victorian Inclusive Golf Championship as well as take part in demonstrations and clinics.

The entry fee includes a light lunch and drink before the game, green fees, on course drinks and dinner at the Clubhouse at 5:45pm.

There will be a guest speaker and auction during the dinner.

When: Tuesday 17 April, 2018 

Where: Woodlands Golf Club

Time: 11:30am registration for 12:30pm tee off


  • Individual players $250
  • Hole sponsor package (four players plus signage at your sponsored hole) $1,200

Silver and hole sponsorship packages are now available. Sponsors receive a bonus video analysis clinic leading up to the event.

To book your place or ask about sponsorship, contact Michelle Hui on michelle.hui@golfvic.org.au or (03) 8545 6207.

FitSkills exercise program for young people with disability

Icons of weights and two people

Are you aged 13-30 years, identify as having a disability (any type), and interested in exercising?

We're working with researchers from La Trobe University, Australian Catholic University and Deakin University to find out if a gym-based exercise program called FitSkills helps young people with disability to become active, stay active and be more happy.

What is involved?

  • The program will run at eight gyms in Melbourne.
  • You will need to do a 12 week gym program with a student mentor at some point during the two year study.
  • During the 12 week program, you will exercise twice a week with a mentor for about one hour. The exercises will be designed specifically for you. The days and times of training will be decided with you.
  • We will ask you to fill out questionnaires, do a walking test and wear a monitor that measures the amount of activity you do once every three months for two years.
  • Some assessments will be done before you do the exercise program and others will be done after you finish the exercise program.
  • We will cover the cost of the gym visits.

If you are interested in taking part or you have any questions about this study, you can: 

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