School holiday fun for those with a disability

Wheelchair Sports NSW is running a Junior Wheelies Holiday Camp this Thursday and Friday (October 5 and 6) at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mount Druitt.

Junior Wheelies Holiday Camp is a sports program for disabled young people aged from 8 to 18.

The camp provides an opportunity for young people in a wheelchair – or junior wheelies – to play sports like their able-bodied peers and develop their personal skills through sports activities.

The camp is run in conjunction with Sydney Academy of Sport Activity instructors, professional athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Activities include basketball, tennis, table tennis, rugby, lawn bowls, chair skills and chair maintenance. 

Details: October 5 and 6, Ralph Place, Mount Druitt. Cost: one day $25; two days $40.

Book: wsnsw.org.au/sports/juniors/.

Wheelchair Sports NSW CEO Jim O’Brien said: “Wheelchair sports is an opportunity for disabled children to build their bodies and self-confidence, and helps them become stronger,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said he believes this camp will be the turning point of life for those disabled children.

Ashlea Pellow, a wheelchair basketball player, has had no feeling from her chest down since the age of three. She was introduced to wheelchair basketball in 2005 and became the co-captain of the NSW Wheelchair Basketball team in 2015.

The experience of playing basketball gives her more confidence and benefits her in all aspects of life. 

“Wheelchair Sports NSW has given me the opportunity to try all kinds of sports and activities through the camps,” Ashlea said. “It makes me feel normal and I feel a sense of belonging, it’s nice being with other disabled people.”

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