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Wheelchair Sport started during World War II in Great Britain, as rehabilitation for injured soldiers. Western Australia was the pioneer state in Australia for Wheelchair Sport, starting in 1954 at the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital by the late Sir George Bedbrook and John Johnston.

As the programme developed, a sub-committee of the Paraplegic-Quadriplegic Association was formed, known as the Western Wheelies in 1984. In 1989 the Wheelchair Sports WA Association was born, and has continued to grow ever since.

In 2008 Wheelchair Sports WA was recognised as a State Sporting Association through the Department of Sport and Recreation, which has been a massive step forward in recognition of disabled athletes and their sporting achievements.

Many successful Paralympians started their careers with Wheelchair Sports WA like, Frank Ponta (Athletics/Basketball), Louise Sauvage (Track), Priya Cooper (Swimming) and Bruce Wallrodt (Field) who all went on to compete on an international stage.

In recent years, WSWA has expanded to include a wide variety of social and recreational opportunities, this provides a great starting point for newly injured patients or those who do not want to participate in competitive sport.

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