Activate! Queensland – A New 10-year Sport and Active Recreation Strategy

State Government (Sport and Recreation) has been a Major Supporter of the Association for many years. In particular, State Government provide funding to support us to coordinate sport pathways from grassroots to elite level including support provided through the Qld Academy of Sport for our High Performance Program. State Government also provide support to Association members through a number of other strategies including Fair Play.


We encourage you to attend briefing sessions for the new State Government Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 strategy, to gain an understanding of what this means for you and your local community.


See below for more information.


For the last twelve months or so, the Queensland Government has worked to engage our communities, industry and leaders in a discussion about the future of sport and active recreation in Queensland.  We reached more than 585,000 Queenslanders across the social media campaign along with over 2380 online submissions, 2021 survey responses and 1142 people attending consultation sessions and deep dive workshops.   Consultation reinforced your success and achievements to date in communities across Queensland, but also a lot about how we could plan for the future too. All of that information has culminated in the development of a 10-year dedicated sport and active recreation strategy, the first of its kind for Queensland.


Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 was launched on Saturday 27 July 2019.  Activate! Queensland is a ten-year strategy aimed at getting more Queenslanders moving, more often. The Queensland Government will, for the first time, unite its efforts and investments under a shared vision for physical activity in the state.


The four key areas of the strategy are aimed at Activating Queenslanders, Activating Environments, Activating Success and Activating Collaboration. Activate! Queensland will see improvements made to programs, spaces and opportunities across the ten-year period, enabling communities to have better visibility on the benefits of living an active and healthy lifestyle.


The public website and information has been launched: www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy 


To share the 2029 vision of the strategy, Sport and Recreation are hosting a series of evening briefing sessions throughout Queensland, open to all members of the community.


Please find below a list of locations and dates for upcoming sessions and links to register.


For any information regarding the Strategy please visit www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy or email sportrecstrategy@hpw.qld.gov.au.


Visitors to the site will have the ability to download the strategy and action plan.  Also included is information on how you can get further information including: following on Facebooksubscribe for updates; and email sportrecstrategy@hpw.qld.gov.au

Fundraising with Grill’d Wintergarden in August

We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Wintergarden this August!
Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.
We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Wintergarden during August for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.
It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!
You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Wintergarden, Level 1, Wintergarden Queen Street Mall Brisbane CBD.


Introducing Meica Christensen!

Hi everyone, my name is Meica! As a child, I played all types of sport, mostly with able-bodied athletes, and my biggest dream was to compete at the Olympics. I was always a very sporty child but being born with an Ocular Containous Albinism (vision impairment) I struggled to play sport outside due to the sun. It wasn’t until high school where I was introduced to Goalball, that I even considered the Paralympics.

I had quite a hard time in high school. I often rebelled due to constant bullying and did everything I could to get out of school and sport. However, when a high school friend asked me to come along to Goalball, I quickly found where I belonged.

My international debut didn’t start like most others. Goalball in Australia wasn’t very competitive at the time and the Aussie team only consisted of three players. So after only a few short months of playing, I made my Australian debut at the Malmo Lady’s Intercup in Malmo, Sweden in 2004. After competing at this competition I felt that I wasn’t up to the standard required to be great, but knew I wanted to be one of the best players in this sport. So I pushed myself to work super hard to get to where I wanted to be.

I have now been playing internationally for 16 years and still love it as much as I did when I first wore the green and gold. On a national levelI have now competed in many state championships and 12 national championships. I have also competed in many international events including Trans Tasmin, regional championships, IBSA World Games, four world championships and two Paralympic games.

In 2015 I was named highest goal scorer at the Asia Oceania Championships and in July 2019 I will head to Fort Wayne Indiana to compete in the 2019 IBSA World Games with the hopes to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This is the second of three qualifying chances for this event with the last being the Asia Oceania regional championships held in Chiba Japan, December 2019. This will be my last Paralympic campaign and I hope to go out with a bang. Not only do I wish to qualify for Tokyo but I would love a medal once I get there.

Thank you for your continuous support!

Hard Work and Good Times for JDP Members

Twenty members of the Association’s 2019 Junior Development Program (JDP) enjoyed hard work and good times at the annual live in camp at Tallebudgera Leisure Centre on the Gold Coast in early July.

The promising athletes aged 13-19 years came from across the state including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay and Cairns. They were supported by JDP Coordinator Nick Such and 6 coaches from Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Boccia and Athletics.

As well as training sessions, the athletes attended presentations on Strength and Conditioning, Anti-Doping information updates and a special presentation on building how to engage and work with media as an athlete. We extend our thanks to Sporting Wheelies Stakeholder Engagement Officer Martin Grose for leading this session.

JDP camp coordinator Nick Such said “the camp provided a valuable opportunity for athletes to get to know other young people with disabilities and fast-track their development. It’s amazing how a bond of friendship can be made in such a short time through sport,” he said.

“It was exciting to watch the athletes pick up new skills and develop in front of your eyes into potential champions. “The young athletes were more than willing to engage in sports other than their own, try new things and have fun along the way.”

“The last day of camp the athletes were able to have a go at the 10m high climbing wall. Some were very nervous and initially reluctant, but the support shown by all to each other soon turned that apprehension to achievement when they rattled the chains at the top of the wall. That defines what a camp like JDP does.”

On behalf of this years participants in the Junior Development Camp, we would like to thank the 2019 JDP Camp coaches and support staff Matt Andersen (camp wellness), Tom Kyle (wheelchair basketball coach), Adam Darragh (wheelchair basketball coach), Michael Oxley (wheelchair basketball coach), Stephen Eaton (Boccia coach), Karen Gilchrist (Swimming coach) and Murray Goodwin (Athletics coach). We would also like to thank the Titans for being part of this years camp. The support you show for the Association is great and our juniors thoroughly enjoyed your visit.

The Ball is Rolling in all things Boccia

The Boccia Tri-Series is fast approaching and is always a great opportunity for both new players, looking to further develop their skills in a competition setting, and for players, ramp assistants, coaches, referees and volunteers to prepare for the Boccia Battle.

Coming up we also have our 2019 Boccia Battle (Queensland Boccia Championships) which will incorporate the Boccia Australia National Titles for the first time ever. Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association are very proud to be partnering with Boccia Australia to host the national championships in Brisbane from 1-4 November at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Nomination kits will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, and we look forward to welcoming the best boccia players from around the state and from around the country. Our members will still have the opportunity to compete for Queensland titles in each class, and those selected in the Queensland Boccia Team prior to the event will also compete for national titles.

Due to the demolition of the previous venue, our Boccia members will now be based at our new hub, the Gold Coast Recreation Centre from 2 – 4pm Saturdays. Our Gold Coast Wheelchair Rugby Program and the annual Junior Development Program Camp will also be hosted at this venue.




Thank you Wheelchair Rugby BASH Volunteers

THANK YOU to all our dedicated volunteers for your fantastic support and dedication with the BASH Wheelchair Rugby Championships 2019. Over the three day period just on one hundred and fifty (150) positions were supported to help this event run smoothly. Thank you all for your flexibility and just jumping in to help out when required because it’s people like you who give their time so generously that makes so much possible. It’s a joy working with every single one of you!

Thank you to everyone who supported this event, all our coaches, referees, managers, athletes, and parents, with a special mention to our fantastic team of volunteers:

  • Melissa Parker – Volunteer Supervisor
  • Sandra Wortlehock – Assistant Supervisor
  • Edwina Edwards – Assistant Supervisor
  • Emma Reilly
  • Karen Ledamun
  • Hideaki Wakabayashi
  • Alex O’Hare
  • Roxana  Cornac
  • Yaric Robinson
  • Graeme Chesterman
  • Daniel Ade
  • Sullivan Edwards
  • Hunter Edwards
  • Borka Tomasic
  • Marijan Tomasic
  • Kathryn Keed
  • Phoebe Chen
  • Ki Sook Kim
  • Noeline Brennen
  • Brett Perkins
  • Joep Buijs (Photographer)
  • Gillian Mullery (Photographer)

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at our next sporting event.

We’ve had some Staff Changes 

Over the past couple of months, the Association has had the pleasure of welcoming some new staff to our services team. After we said farewell to Boccia Sport Coordinator Joe Moynihan at the start May, we welcomed back Nick Such into the role of Wheelchair Basketball Sport Coordinator and Junior Development Coordinator. This is Nick’s second round with Sporting Wheelies and he is super excited to be back.

We are also pleased to announce the recent hiring of Matt Sullivan and Jonas Margolis to our Health and Fitness Centre team as Health and Fitness Centre Support Officers/Personal Trainers. Next time you see Matt or Jonas, please feel free to say hi.

It isn’t without great sadness,however, that we have also said farewell to three long standing team members from our finance department, Edalina, Irene and Sheryl. Edalina has been with the Association for 16 years in the position of Finance manager alongside Irene our Assistant Accountant (10 years) and Sheryl our Payroll Officer (18 years). All three of these ladies have been an incredible asset to the Association and will be dearly missed.

Consequently, the Board has reviewed the alternatives for ensuring that the Association and its members continue to be provided with effective and efficient finance and accounting services. The decision has been taken to outsource the accounting functions to Red Shed Business Advisors. Red Shed is a very experienced provider of outsourced accounting services to the not-for-profit and for-profit businesses.

We thank you for your support and understanding during this time of change.

New Uniforms for our Townsville Cyclone Chasers

Thanks to Woollam Constructions, our junior wheelchair basketball team in Townsville  (the Cyclone Chasers) have again been presented with new uniforms. Woollam Constructions has supported our junior wheelchair basketball program for many years in many ways including, management and staff attending the Townsville end of year awards, presenting our juniors with medals, certificates and gifts, putting on sausage sizzles as well as attending come and try days. Thanks Woollam for your commitment to the Association.

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