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14.12.2016 christmas-web

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The team here at ReBound WA (Wheelchair Sports WA) would like to wish all of its Members and Supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The office will be closed from Thursday noon and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  N.B. The  Herb Graham Recreation Centre will be running reduced hours […]

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14.12.2016 showcase-city-news

Wheelchair Sports In The City

The 2nd annual Wheelchair Basketball Showcase took place on 5th December at Elizabeth Quay, to help celebrate the International Day of People with a Disability as well as WA Disability Awareness Week. The event featured a number of wheelchair basketball games held throughout the day, including a Sports Stars’ game featuring some of WA’s best […]

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12.12.2016 rac-web

RAC Sports Awards 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Sports Star of the Year – Madison de Rozario who made the shortlist for the RAC WA Sports Star Awards. Unfortunately Madi was up against stiff competition however to be nominated by our Association as well as Athletics WA and to make the final shortlist is a great achievement. Our other […]

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09.12.2016 xmas-party-web

Christmas Party 2016

The Osborne Park Agricultural Show once again kindly hosted our annual Christmas Party, attended by almost 90 members on the sunny Saturday morning of December 3rd. Kindly granted free entry by the Osborne Park Agricultural Society and free use of the bumper cars and dragon rollercoaster by Show West our members always have a fantastic […]

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09.12.2016 state-comp-web

Summer State League Wrap

Another fantastic season of State Wheelchair Basketball concluded with an A & B Grade Grand final decided by a total of just 4 points. Both games came down to the dying seconds as the Dunkin Donuts (A Grade) were able to hold off a fast finishing BOHICA to hang on for a 35 – 34 […]

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25.11.2016 fam-camp-news

Family Camp 2016

Wheelchair Sports WA’s annual Family Camp for 2016 was hosted at the Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre in Bicton, over the weekend of November 4th to 6th. 2016 saw a fantastic attendance of 10 families, all of whom include a young family member with a physical disability between 4 and 13. Friday evening started […]

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24.11.2016 kensington-web

Perth Schools Tackle Wheelchair Challenge

Perth Schools have been busy this year tackling the Schools Wheelchair Challenge. Lead once again by Hale School who took out the year’s Schools Fundraising Award, WA schools have contributed over $27,000 to our Charity in 2016. If you would like to get your school involved, please contact Charlie in the WSWA office.

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23.11.2016 sports-awards-web

Sports Star Awards 2016

Wheelchair Sports WA’s 21st Annual Awards dinner was held to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Athletes who participate at the highest levels of competition. Hosted by the Fremantle Sailing Club on November 12th the night saw nearly 100 athletes, members, supporters and VIPs come together to celebrate the achievements of our elite level athletes […]

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23.11.2016 golf-day-web

Charity Golf Day 2016

The Annual Wheelchair Sports WA Charity Golf Day was held at the magnificent Cottesloe Golf Club on Friday 4th November 2016. The day was a great success with all players enjoying the day and more importantly, over $20,000 was raised for our charity. It was fantastic to have Curtis Luck – US Amateur Champion, join […]

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28.10.2016 wswa-rebound-web

New Name for Our Association

For more than 60 years our Association has been helping members rebound from adversity. From our origins at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital to our presence today at Fiona Stanley and PMH. From our focus in the 1950s on a couple of sports, to our dedication today to 16 Paralympic sports. And now the work we […]

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28.10.2016 rhi-web

Record Breaking Rhiannon

Last weekend at the ‘Go for 2 & 5 WA All-Schools Championship’ Wheelchair Sports WA member Rhiannon ran her way into the record books as Australia’s new fastest ever U16  female 400m runner in the T38 class. Rhiannon’s 400m run was completed in just 1:13.08, a significant improvement on the 2014 time of previous record […]

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28.10.2016 liddawi-web

Cape to Cape 2016 – Toughest Yet

Off-road Pioneer Andrew Liddawi recounts his most recent off-road adventure – Cape to Cape 2016. For the full article – check out his blog: http://breaktheboundary.com/cape-to-cape-mtb-2016-the-toughest-yet/  With experience, most things in life become easier to manage – this year’s Cape to Cape MTB wasn’t one of those things. Adversity – It’s more than just a buzz word! […]

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28.09.2016 madi-web

WA Paralympians Return

Rio Paralympics 2016 Three silver medals were the highlight of our Wheelchair Sports WA member’s efforts in Rio, incredibly split between two Madi’s. 2015 Sports Star of the Year, Track chair racer Madison de Rozario was the recipient of two Silvers for her efforts in the 800m T53 and the 4 x 100m T53-54 relay. […]

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06.09.2016 RioWeb

Paralympians Take Centre Stage

Rio Paralympics 2016 170 Australian Athletes have descended on Rio de Janeiro to participate across 15 different sports. Fifteen of the participating athletes are West Australians with 9 of those with a physical disability having been involved with Wheelchair Sports WA. A full schedule of events can be found at https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/schedule-and-results (For event timing in […]

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06.09.2016 TerriandLinda Web

New Staff Join the Team

Linda Edge (Right): Wheelchair Sports WA welcomes the appointment of Linda Edge to the role of Manager – Finance and Corporate Services. Linda recently commenced with the Association in the capacity of Manager Finance and Corporate Services (part time), working Tuesdays to Thursdays. As a registered Certified Practicing Accountant with CPA Australia and a member […]

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05.09.2016 Life Members News

Life Members’ Dinner

The annual WSWA Life Members’ function was held on Saturday 20th August. This year’s event was hosted at the picturesque C Restaurant, where Life Members were treated to a relaxing high tea, whilst taking in the amazing views. It was fantastic to have so many Life Members in attendance, with past WSWA Presidents Doug McCaffery, […]

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26.08.2016 IMG_6862 - Copy

State Wheelchair Basketball League Grand Final 2016

Thank you to all who came down on Tuesday the 23rd to enjoy the WA State Wheelchair Basketball League Grand Final, and to all those who took part throughout the season as players or officials (score bench and referees). Gold Medal Game – Dunkin Donuts vs Black Ducks The Grand Final was always going to […]

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23.08.2016 The Be Active Western Stars are the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League Champions for 2016!

Be Active Western Stars Win Gold

Our very own Be Active Western Stars have taken out the WNWBL title for the 2nd time in their history after an incredibly dominant year. With Japanese import Chihiro Kitada in the squad, the team became free to play a more attacking style with another shooting option available. Playmaker Georgia Inglis recorded an incredible average of […]

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29.07.2016

The Good Work Continues

Wheelchair Sports WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Mead as its new Chief Executive and extend our sincere thanks to our outgoing CEO, Raymond Yong. Simon has worked in and around community and membership organisations all his life. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a […]

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29.07.2016 Stars Web

Be Active Western Stars Flying High

Rd. 2 Review – The Be Active Western Stars and Sydney Metro Blues gained some separation in the top two positions on the ladder after successful weekends in Round 2 of the 2016 WNWBL season. The Stars repeated their heroics from Round 1, continuing their unbeaten run with four straight victories. Leading by just five […]

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01.07.2016 Cats Web

NWBL 2016 Season Awards

In the middle of the NWBL finals last weekend, the end of season accolades were announced at the Awards Lunch on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to Be Active Perth Wheelcat – Shaun Norris for being the season’s top scorer, as well as being awarded the Mid-Point MVP having finished the season with a ridiculous triple-double average of 31.3 […]

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01.07.2016 Robyn Web

International Experience for Robyn

Robyn recently competed in the IPC  Athletics Grand Prix in Switzerland where many athletes from all around the world descended from 26th to 29th May. This was her first international competition and competed against the world’s best athletes in her classification T34, including the talented Australian athlete, Rosemary Little. After a few days recovery and […]

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01.07.2016 Bowls Web

WA Bowlers Head to Nationals

The 2016 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships, run under the banner of DisabilitySport Australia, were held at Clearview Bowling Club located in Adelaide from the 22nd – 27th of May.  These Championships are the National stepping stone to International events such as the Commonwealth Games and International Bowls with a Disability (IBD) Games. WA state representatives have been […]

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01.07.2016 Stars Web

Be Active Western Stars Rise to the Top

The Be Active Western Stars have made a fantastic start to their 2016 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League campaign, winning 4 from 4 in the opening Cluster Round. The team’s first game of the season saw a tough first fixture, with a replay of the 2015 Grand Final, facing off against the Kilsyth Cobras. The […]

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01.07.2016 Wheelcats Web

Be Active Perth Wheelcats Win Silver

The Be Active Perth Wheelcats won what one squad member described as “the best silver medal” in the 2016 NWBL Finals. After going into the 2016 season as real underdogs following several retirements, the team surprised everyone with a fantastic season that unfortunately just missed out on the fairy-tale ending. Everyone in the team, both […]

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27.05.2016 Wheelchair Sports WA Logo

WSWA Scholarships – Changes Proposed

  Wheelchair Sports WA’s annual scholarships – the Sir George Bedbrook & Frank Pona scholarship, are set to be revamped for the 2016/17 year and on. With Wheelchair Sports WA’s renewed focus on helping people with a physical disability live full and happy lives and to support people who most need the financial assistance, the […]

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27.05.2016 Invictus Web

WSWA Members Head to Invictus Games

Two of Wheelchair Sports WA’s newer members – Will Olsen and Jason Pore recently travelled to Florida to represent Australia and New Zealand respectively at the 2016 Invictus Games.           Royal Australian Navy sailor Will Olsen takes a shot against the Sutherland Sharks in a trial match in  Wollongong:     […]

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27.05.2016 Stars Web

Be Active Western Stars Look to WNWBL 2016

2016 Season Draw Announced – Basketball Australia The draw for the 2016 WNWBL season has been released, with just over three weeks remaining until Round 1. In the 16th year of the competition, the season will kick off in Darlington, NSW on Friday June 17 with ten games to be played across three days at […]

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27.05.2016 Cats Web

Be Active Perth Wheelcats Headed to Finals

The Be Active Perth Wheelcats have continued their strong start in their return to the National Wheelchair Basketball League. After six rounds, the team is currently sitting atop the ladder, 4 points ahead of Kilsyth Cobras. With only two rounds left to play, the Be Active Perth Wheelcats have already confirmed their trip to finals […]

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04.05.2016 Lotterywest-Grantcroplighten

Grant supports Wheelchair Sports’ expansion

An upgraded IT system and business development initiatives funded by a Lotterywest grant of $209,617 will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Wheelchair Sports WA Association, Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said today.   At a presentation event at Mirrabooka’s Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mrs Faragher said the grant would support initiatives to better manage […]

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29.04.2016 Ben Web

Ben’s Swimming National Championships

2014/15 Swimming Super Series Winner – Ben Popham has been busy in the past few weeks, competing in both the Open and Age National Swimming Championships with some fantastic results along the way. We have Ben’s report but also another insight from his mother – Jennifer. Ben’s Report: This year in April I had the […]

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29.04.2016 Aths Web

Australian Athletics Championships

Five Wheelchair Sports WA members took part in the Australian Athletics Championship between March 21st and April 3rd at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. The participants were ambulant throwers Chris Barty and Natalie Horobin, wheelchair racers Madison de Rozario and Robyn Lambird. Chris Barty – The 2016 Australian Athletics Championships was a learning experience. After […]

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29.04.2016 Table Tennis Web

National Para Table Tennis Championships

Two Wheelchair Sports WA members competed in the 2016 Australian National Para Table Tennis Championships against a field of athletes from across the nation and even overseas! Connor Johnstone continued from his strong form 2015 with a: Gold medal in the Mens Class 8-10 & deaf team (partnered with Barak Mizrachi) Silver in the Class […]

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29.04.2016 KCC Web

Kevin Coombs Cup 2016

A young Black Ducks squad travelled to Adelaide for the 2016 Kevin Coombs Cup in April this year looking to gain some experience playing at the National level. The team was coached by long-serving WSWA member Travis Feakes who was very proud of the team’s heart and determination. Travis kindly provided post-game reports following each […]

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29.04.2016 Be Active Perth Wheelcats - National Wheelchair Basketball League

NWBL – Strong Start

The Be Active Perth Wheelcats have made an impressive start in their return to the National Wheelchair Basketball League. The team is currently sharing the top of the ladder with Kilsyth Cobras on 16 points.   Round 1 Review – Basketball Australia Season 2016 for the NWBL kicked off in Newcastle over the weekend with […]

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29.04.2016 KarenWeb

National Para-Cycling Championships

National Para-cycling Championships The National Para-cycling Championships were held on the weekend of the 27th and 28th February, 2016 in Adelaide.  Wheelchair Sports had two members representing with Andrew Bannister (T2) and Karen Harvey (H4) making the trip. The 12.3Km time trial was held at Elizabeth on the 27th February around the industrial estate on […]

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23.03.2016 badwheels

WA’s first Para-Badminton Tournament

The WA State Badminton squad, known as the Bad Wheels, first started playing in 2015 and have just completed in their first official WA Tournament! Participating in the Badminton WA LiveLighter Autumn Tournament, on  19-20 March, five Wheelchair Sports WA members with a range of disabilities battled it out to be recognised as the tournaments Wheelchair Singles […]

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23.03.2016 RhiannonBrad---brighter

Australian Junior Athletics Championships

Continuing on from a strong start to year by our Athletics participants (Athletics Summer Round Up) Wheelchair Sports WA members once again performed well, this time at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships (8-13 March), held this year in Perth. Young up and coming athlete Rhiannon Clarke (pictured with fellow WSWA member and Paralympian Brad Scott) participated […]

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17.03.2016 Loraine Web

Loraine Joins the Team

Wheelchair Sports WA has recently welcomed Loraine to the role of Fundraising and Marketing Manager. She has experience with local, state and commonwealth government agencies, commercial and not-for-profit organisations in many senior roles over her career. Loraine has a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University (Management and Marketing) and an Honours Degree in Marketing and […]

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16.03.2016 Wheelchair Sports WA Logo

Important Changes to Herb Graham Rec Centre Usage

Please see the below email from General Manager of Operations – Gary Lees to members on 09/03/2016. Dear Members I am writing to you to update you on some recent changes with regards to the use of facilities for our organisation at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre (HGRC). Over the past 9 years, Wheelchair Sports […]

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25.02.2016 WSWA Amputee Natalie

Athletics Summer Round Up

A number of WSWA Athlete’s took part in a few high profile athletics events throughout February with some terrific personal achievements. The events were the IPC Grand Prix in Canberra (Feb 6th & 7th), the WA State Athletics Championships (Feb  12th, 19th & 20th) and the Athletics ACT Summer Series in Canberra (Feb 19th & […]

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25.02.2016 Australian Glider Amber at the Osaka 2016 Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Australian Gliders Win Bronze Medal at 2016 Osaka Cup

Be Active Western Stars – Amber Merritt and Natalie Alexander made the trip to Japan as part of the Australian Gliders National Team for the 2016 Osaka Cup. Tournament Report – A relatively inexperienced Australian Gliders team has finished in third place at the 2016 Osaka Cup, defeating Japan in the bronze-medal playoff game.  The Gliders […]

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24.02.2016 Wheelchair Sports Junior Members Enjoy Fishing

Junior Camp 2016

From February 12th – 14th eleven of Wheelchair Sports WA’s junior members joined a small team of volunteers on our annual Junior Camp, held at Point Walter Recreation Centre in Bicton. The junior campers, aged 12 – 17, arrived on Friday evening and then joined up together for our first meal together for the camp. […]

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02.02.2016 IMG_0047

Para Table Tennis in WA

For anyone who may be interested in taking on a new challenge there are some great Table Tennis opportunities on the horizon! Table Tennis Come and Try When: February 14th, 9.30am – 11.30am Where: Kingsway Sporting Complex How much: $9.00 RSVP: Please reply via email by COB Friday 5th Feb to hayden@wheelchairsportswa.org.au A great opportunity for […]

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29.01.2016 Fishing Web

January Fishing Trip

  Seven WSWA members with disabilities were lucky enough to be able to take advantage of a generous opportunity by the Fremantle Sailing Club to spend a day fishing at sea! After a couple of weather related postponements the WSWA Fishing Trip with the Fremantle Sailing Club was finally able to go ahead on January 22nd and […]

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28.01.2016 Oz Day Web

Summer Down Under Series 2016

Summer Down Under series 2016. The Summer Down Under wheelchair racing series kicked off in Canberra on the 19th of January with two nights of racing at AIS. The weather was pretty average with a huge deluge of rain and a thunderstorm during warm up on night 2 of the Canberra track meet but this […]

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27.01.2016 Diving Web

ABC’s 7.30 Showcases Scuba-Diving

Wheelchair Sports WA and DiveUnlimited  came together again over the warm summer months to offer members the opportunity to become fully certified scuba-divers. ABC’s 7.30 show sent some reporters down to follow Doug and Elissa’s experience… “Dive student Douglas Milne lives his life in a wheelchair after suffering spinal injuries from a motorbike accident five years […]

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27.01.2016 (L-R; WSWA GM - Gary Lees,  Seven West Media Chairman - Kerry Stokes, WSWA CEO - Raymond Yong)

Telethon – WSWA Support Renewed

Wheelchair Sports WA are delighted to announce that we have again be named as a beneficiary for Telethon who will be supporting our Junior Programs. Last year’s Telethon was again a record-breaking year, raising a total of $25,854,524 over the weekend. This meant that since Telethon’s inaugural weekend 47 years ago, over $200 million has been […]

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