Wheelchair Basketball "Come and Try" sessions

Event date: 
15 August 2010 to 21 November 2010
RecWest Leisure Centre Kinder Smith Reserve, Lily Street
Braybrook, VIC

Free Wheelchair Basketball Hoops "Come & Try" sessions to launch in Western and Southern Victoria

Wheelchair Sports Victoria is introducing two new wheelchair basketball coaching development programs for people with disabilities in 2010. With the support of the City of Maribrynong Council and the Mornington Peninsular Shire Council, the Western Hoops and Southern Hoops Programs offer people with disabilities four free 'come and try' style sessions. The program has been developed in recognition of the lack of wheelchair basketball activities for people with disabilities in Western and Southern Victoria.

The Western Hoops sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 7.00-8.00pm at the RecWest Leisure Centre (Kinder Smith Reserve, Lily Street, Braybrook) (Mel Ref: 27 B12) or Sunday afternoons from 1.00-2.00pm at Victoria University - Footscray Park Campus (Ballarat Road, Footscray) (Map Ref: 2S F4). Sessions will be conducted on the following dates: Sunday 15th August (Victoria University), Monday 13th September (Rec West Leisure Centre), Sunday 17th October (Victoria University) 25th and Monday 15th November (Rec West Leisure Centre). The Southern Hoops sessions be conducted on Sunday mornings from 10.30-11.30am at David Collings Leisure Centre, Mornington (Dunns Road, Mornington) (Mel Ref: 145 H4). Sessions will run on the following dates: 22nd August, 12th September, 24th October and 21st November.

The partnership between Wheelchair Sports Victoria, City of Maribrynong Council and the Mornington Shire Peninsular is an important initiative in order to increase the opportunities for people with a disability of all ages and abilities in these areas. It also offers the opportunity for people to be introduced to the sport of wheelchair basketball and work towards increasing the participation rates of people with a physical disability in physical activity, sport and active recreation. Wheelchair Sports Victoria is encouraging any interested participants with a disability such as Paraplegia, Cerebral Palsy, Amutations or Spina Bifida to contact Sport & Recreation Coordinator, Tim Nield at Wheelchair Sports Victoria to register for program Ph: 9473 0133 [email protected]

"The new Western and South Hoops Program is a very positive initiative for Wheelchair Sports Victoria, with the program stressing the importance of active participation for people with a disability. Programs such as these are crucial to assist people with disabilities to achieve positive health outcomes in the Victorian community," says Wheelchair Sports Victoria Sports Development Manager, Joseph Rotella. Wheelchair Sports Victoria is the State's leading provider of sport and recreation opportunities for people living in the community with a physical disability. Wheelchair Basketball is one of many sport and recreation activities or events that the organisation provides for people with a disability in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

For more information regarding the Program or to arrange an interview, please contact Sport & Recreation Coordinator, Tim Nield on 9473 0133 or [email protected].