Sporting Wheelies put on a sporting exhibition at PA Hospital in July (today) as part of a showcase for spinal and brain injuries patients as well as new amputees to start the journey to being more active.
The exhibition in the main foyer included a revolving display of wheelchair sports including rugby, tennis, netball, bowling, and bocce from members of the Sporting Wheelies and their partnership groups.
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association recreation officer, Jacqueline Kelly, said the exhibition was all about making people more aware of what’s out there and changing perceptions of what activities people who use a wheelchair are able to get involved in when they return home to the community.
Spinal Injuries Association Peer Support worker, Col Mackereth, who works in the Spinal Injuries Unit, regularly encourages patients to get involved in the great partnership opportunity provided by the Sporting Wheelies. “Just to see some of the patients realise that they CAN actually play is amazing after just a 5 minute conversation with the sports rep, they are suddenly committed to learning that sport and forming new friendships.”
It was great to see Vision Australia along for the exhibition as well to source some great options for their consumer group.