Purpose, Vision and Mission

At Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association we are making active goals accessible to enhance the lives of people with a disability through health and fitness, sport, active recreation and building inclusive communities, so that every Queenslander with a disability will have opportunities to live a more active and healthy life. 

Making active has always been a part of Sporting Wheelies’ culture and focus. Understanding and championing the importance and benefits of physical activity, we have been inspiring and enabling people to be active for over 40 years. Our Values aid us in making positive change and ensure that we continue helping people to be active in their communities. 

Active goals can take many forms. At Sporting Wheelies, we believe that all ambitions are equal and valid. We support the variety of active goals people may have, from increasing their mobility and independence, improving their health, socialising, participating recreationally, to representing their country. And, of course, we love it when our members score actual goals in their sports. 

Accessible is what it looks like when inclusion is prioritised. We work towards a world of greater opportunities for people with all abilities to live life to the fullest. We have a role to play in normalising a culture that proactively considers and accommodates people with disability to participate fully in all spheres of life. We model member-focused, convenient, and user friendly service delivery ensuring that our members’ goals are accessible and achievable.


History

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association has its origins in the 1960s as a small sports club within the Paraplegic Welfare Association in Queensland. Sport for people with spinal cord injuries was gaining in popularity as a result of the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, and the ‘Queensland Sports and Social Club for the Disabled’ played an active role in promoting disability sport and raising funds for Queensland athletes selected for national and international competitions.

In 1977, the club became a registered charity in its own right as the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Sport Association of Queensland and by the following year, the Association had extended its programs and services to include people with physical disabilities other than spinal cord injuries, including people with vision impairment. The decision was made to change to the current name to reflect the Association’s broader mission and capitalise on the popular term ‘sporting wheelies’ to describe wheelchair athletes.

Today, we are widely recognised as a leader in the field of sport and healthy activity for people with a disability by national bodies such as Sport Australia and Paralympics Australia.

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Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association has been helping Queenslanders with a disability lead active, healthy lives and achieve their dreams since 1977.  We are Queensland’s peak body for sport, recreation and fitness for people with a physical disability or vision impairment.

Our mission is to enhance the lives of people with a disability through community engagement, education, sport and healthy activity.


At Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association we are making active goals accessible to enhance the lives of people with a disability or vision impairment through health, fitness, sport, active recreation and building inclusive communities so that every Queenslander has opportunities to live more active and healthy lives.  We have been championing the importance and benefits of physical activity, inspiring and enabling people to be active for over 40 years.

Sporting Wheelies is the state sports organisation for Goalball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball, Boccia and Para Powerlifting; as well as maintaining an advisory and consultancy role for other state sports organisations in relation to inclusive sport.  We also have our own inclusive Health and Fitness Centre in Brisbane and have partnered with a variety of gyms throughout the state for fitness services.

In addition to directly managing local programs and Queensland state teams, we have partnered with national sports organisations including Goalball Australia, Australian Blind Sports Association, Disability Sports Australia, Boccia Australia and Paralympics Australia to support national para sport programs.

Whilst we do receive some government funding, we raise the majority of funds via non-government sources including donations, our Gold Choice Lottery and corporate support.


SERVICES MANAGER – Kelli Chilton

PROGRAMS & DEVELOPMENT (SPORT & REC) – Robyn Stephensen

www.sportingwheelies.org.au