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COVID-19 UPDATE

Update #5: COVID-19

28/05/2020

This week the Queensland Government released the long awaited details of a $51.3 million financial support package designed to assist sporting organisations with a range of Return to Play initiatives.  This also includes support for families of $150  Fairplay vouchers to cover membership and registration fees. We welcome this announcement and thank the Minister for Sport and the Premier for this timely support to help us get our members active again.  You can find more information about the Queensland Return to Play guidelines here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport

The last few months have been an extremely challenging time for our members, volunteers and staff and the entire community and we are all looking forward to getting back into our sport!
We are currently planning for the return of our sport and recreation programs in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Return to Play Guide and operating requirements. We have developed a Framework based on this to support the recommencing of our sport and recreation in a post COVID-19 environment.  You can read our framework here: https://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SWDA-Framework-for-Return-to-Sport-Post-COVID19.pdf

Our staff are currently preparing COVID-Safe Plans for each program, contacting venues about when they are re-opening and sourcing necessary sanitisation products to ensure we can provide a safe environment for our members to participate with one another. When we restart our sports, you will find that some things will be different.  These changes will be in line with the Government’s requirements to maintain social distancing and keep people healthy with new hygiene and cleaning practices.
While community sport is scheduled to recommence from 12 June 2020 only some activities will be allowed (non-contact activity with 1.5m between people) and we will work with you to let you know how and when we are recommencing sports to ensure we comply with the requirements.  We will provide an update on your local program as soon as possible.
In the meantime, you can restart your fitness regime  NOW  by signing on to our Access EP Online program (click here  https://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/access-ep-online/) where our Exercise Physiologists can tailor a fitness program specifically for you, funded through your NDIS plan. 
We have also started limited clinician led one-on-one sessions and we will reopen our Health and Fitness Centre in line with Government restrictions in Stage 2 – after 12 June 2020. You can read  our Framework for Recommencing Health and Fitness Centre here: https://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SWDA-Framework-For-Recommencing-Health-and-Fitness-in-a-Gym-Setting-in-a-Post-COVID-19-Environment-.pdf

And of course, please keep supporting us to get our sports up and running by buying a ticket in our latest lottery. You could win a share in $60,000 cash!  https://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/prize-draw-331-landing-page/prize-draw-331-details/

We would like to thank our all members, coaches, referees, volunteers and staff for your continued patience during this time and we hope that you are all well and staying active.  We are really looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
If you have any questions please contact us on 3253 3333 or email on mailbox@sportingwheelies.org.au.

 Kind regards

 

Amanda
CEO 

Update #4: COVID-19

09/04/2020

I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to everyone.  First and foremost, I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well.

The situation with COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and the Government continues to adopt strong measures to try to slow the spread of the virus, including closure of all our gym, sports and recreation activities.  There is also a growing sense that this issue will continue for some time to come.  Unfortunately, this week we implemented a temporary stand down for some staff to give us some time to ensure we will be here for the long term.  We are also accessing the various Government support packages that are currently on offer to organisations such as ours.
Right now, due to the COVID-19 closures our sports and recreation activities have been PAUSED.  But this does not mean we have stopped.  While Sporting Wheelies continues to navigate our way through the impact of the Government’s shutdowns, I wanted to let you know we are finding new and innovative ways to provide our services and for you to continue to show your support.

 

Update on our Health and Fitness Centre – Access EP Online

Our newly launched Access EP Online is proving successful in keeping people active through this lockdown period.  Our Exercise Physiology team is now online delivering highly effective telepractice programs to people across Queensland.  Anyone, anywhere can now access our highly trained and accredited Exercise Physiologists who can design and deliver the right programs catering to all abilities and active goals.  As a registered NDIS provider, all our programs can be funded through your NDIS plan.  If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t delay as during April, we are offering a free trial consultation to new clients so you can see how effective our Access EP online programs can be.  

Call us on 3253 3333 or visit us at Access EP Online to make a booking.

We are in unchartered territory and remain hopeful that with careful planning, close oversight and careful financial management, we will ride out this storm and emerge stronger than before.

It is in times like these that we are reminded that it truly takes a village. We are glad that you are a part of ours and look forward to staying in touch.

I wish you and your family and happy, healthy and safe Easter at home.

Amanda
CEO 

 

Update #3: COVID-19

23/03/2020

As Australia responds to the challenges of COVID-19, staying active has never been more important. Whether it’s working remotely, keeping in touch with friends and family, or other changes to your lifestyle, we know how it is difficult to maintain an active and healthy routine right now.

So that is why we are focusing our priorities on the health and well-being of our members to keep everyone in our community as active as possible.  I’d like to share with you some of the initiatives we have implemented to support you and your community at this time.

Update on our Health and Fitness Centre

Sporting Wheelies moved quickly to keep our members safe by closing our Health and Fitness Centre on Monday 16 March.  This was well before today’s mandatory closure of gyms in Australia.  Since then, our team of experienced exercise physiologists have been working hard to keep our members active with daily exercise videos on Facebook to encourage home activity and development of an innovative and effective Telepractice Exercise Physiology program.  If you are interested in accessing our Telepractice program, which can be funded through NDIS, please contact us to arrange a consultation on ph: 3253 3333.

Update on our Sports Programs

On Monday 16 March we also paused our sports programs for two weeks.  Sadly, this will now need to be extended until it is deemed safe to recommence.  In the meantime, our Sport and Recreation team have been hard at work encouraging members to share photos and videos on social media about how they are training and staying active to continue to improve their skills.  We have been securing access to specialised equipment for our members in Townsville, Mackay, Fraser Coast and Brisbane to allow them to continue individual training. We will also continue training sessions for athletes preparing for the Tokyo Paralympics where possible in safe environments with limited risk to exposure or transmission.

Business as usual (sort of)

We are currently implementing new systems to ensure all our office-based employees are able to work from home, including our contact centre team so we can keep working and stay connected with our supporters and members.

We will also utilise our team to set up a regular “Care Call” phone call to members across Queensland to check-in during this period of isolation.  If needed, we will connect our members to appropriate support services should they need assistance coping with the changes to daily life and access to necessary care and support.

We, like mAny other organisations out there, will be greatly impacted by such an unprecedented change in the sector in which we operate.  This will have a significant impact on our fundraising efforts through our lottery and donations which makes up 80% of our income, so we need your support now more than ever. 

We are determined to ensure our members and staff are safe and supported in this changing environment and we are equally determined to still be here when this crisis is over so we can keep changing people’s lives for the better through sport and physical activity.

As this unprecedented situation is evolving rapidly, we are committed to doing our very best to support you and communicate regularly.  We hope you and your family stay safe and well throughout this uncertain time.

Amanda
CE

Update #2: COVID-19

16/03/2020

The Association is committed to providing regular, proactive and timely updates to our members, staff and stakeholders, in response to information released by the Australian Government – Department of Health, regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world. The information in this Update replaces any information previously provided.

Due to the difficulty in limiting exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and with some of our members being of higher risk of significant impact from the virus, our Association is taking a proactive approach in preventative measures. These include:

  • An immediate two week pause on all Association services, including local sports and recreation programs, sporting and special events, and Brisbane Health and Fitness Centre services. At this stage, all Association services will resume from Monday 30 March 2020 unless otherwise advised.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the situation, including updated risk assessment for all operations.
  • Regular communication with members, staff and stakeholders to provide status updates.
  • The “Health Screening Form” which was implemented in the Health and Fitness Centre last week, will now be adopted across all operations including Services (once they resume).  The Health Screening Form asks members, staff and stakeholders a series of questions which aim to minimise health risks to all attendees. The information collected in the form will not be retained in any database and will be destroyed when appropriate
  • If any staff or members, or their immediate family or household members, travel overseas or return from overseas, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return. Individuals may return to Services if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms;
  • If members, staff or stakeholders develop any of the identified symptoms, they are to seek immediate medical attention.  Staff may not return to work and members may not resume services until we have a medical clearance.
  • If members, staff or stakeholders have had contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days. Staff may return to work and members can resume services if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms, or earlier if the suspected case has been confirmed as having tested negative for COVID-19;
  • No gatherings of 500 people or more will be organised or coordinated by the Association. Decisions regarding the conduct of specific events will be on a case by case basis.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 developments closely and will provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.

In the meantime, everyone can help by practising good hygiene to protect against infection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and members.

If you have any concerns please speak with your Manager or a member of the Executive Management Team.


Amanda
CEO3

Update #1: COVID-19

16/03/2020

Given the unfolding situation with the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world, I wanted to provide you with an update about the additional precautionary measures we are taking to keep our staff and members safe.

From today and in line with Government recommendations, we will put in place the following measures:

  • A “Health Screening Form” was implemented in the Gym two weeks ago and this will now be extended to include all members and staff participating in sports activities and visitors to the administration office.  The Health Screening Form asks visitors and members whether they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, or have been in direct contact with anyone who has travelled overseas. If they have, we will take appropriate action (see below).  The information collected in the form will not be retained in any database and will be destroyed when appropriate.
  • If any staff or members, or their immediate family or household members, travel overseas or return from overseas, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return. Staff may return to work and members will be able to visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms;
  • If staff or members develop any of the identified symptoms, they are to seek immediate medical attention.  Staff may not return to work and members may not visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy until we have a medical certificate clearing them for work or activities;
  • If staff or members have contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days. Staff may return to work and members can visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms, or earlier if the suspected case has been confirmed as having tested negative for COVID-19;
  • No gatherings of 500 people or more will be organised or coordinated by the Association.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.

 

In the meantime, everyone can help by practicing good hygiene to protect against infection to ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff and members.

If you have any concerns please speak with your Manager or a member of the Executive Management Team.

 

Amanda
CEO

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