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 athletes and a media game between Mix 94.5 and ABC / 720.
The highlight of the day, as always, is the extremely competitive politicians’ match, which pitted elected representatives from Western Australia’s Liberal / Nationals and Labor parties against each other. It was fitting that the match ended in a tie and the result could be an indicator of the closeness of next year’s election.
“This is the second year we have conducted the event and it is great to have the support of such a broad cross section of the WA community. Not only is it a fantastic way of promoting the work our charity does, it is also wonderful to see corporates, politicians, media and athletes promoting inclusivity for people with a disability,” Simon Mead CEO of Rebound WA said. “This year’s event held significant importance for our charity as it was used to launch our new name and brand; Rebound WA, to a broad cross section of groups.”
Mead said that the new brand was vital for the long term sustainability of the organisation. “Our old name didn’t accurately reflect great work our charity does, in supporting people with a physical disability in WA. A major part of our role is to work in collaboration with hospitals such as Fiona Stanley and PMH, to provide secondary rehabilitation once people leave the hospital environment. Providing opportunities to access and a broad range of programs, in a welcoming environment is vital in ensuring good physical and mental health outcomes for people with a disability”.
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