The Information you need to know about the new 10 year Activate! Queensland Strategy.

Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire from the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation team in the North Coast region. This edition includes news on the recently-released Activate! Queensland strategy, funding opportunities and upcoming events.

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Activate! Queensland

Strategy released

Activate! Queensland is the Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy to get more Queenslanders moving, more often. The strategy focuses on four priority areas to achieve its outcomes. Find out what they are >>

Download your copy

Activate! Queensland will be rolled out with three multi-year action plans. Both the Activate! Queensland strategy and action plan can be downloaded directly from our website. Get your copy now >>

Strategy roadshow

To share the vision of Activate! Queensland, a series of evening briefing sessions are being held throughout Queensland. To find your nearest community roadshow event, please use the link below. Spaces are limited so reserve your place now. Reserve your place >>


Assistance for your organisation

Local Schools Community Fund

The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund. The fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small-scale projects and their associated costs. Eligible funding activities include sporting equipment and shade structures. Here’s how to apply >>

Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance

QFSR Skills Alliance have recently launched their re-branded organisation and website that includes a range of additional services to support the fitness, sport and recreation industry. Take a look >>

Grant opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to individuals and organisations. Take a look at the current list to see if there’s a funding opportunity to suit your needs.

Important dates

9 October 2019 Applications for FairPlay vouchers close. Get Playing Places and Spaces Round 6 project compliance requirements are now due.

Grant Registration Portal (GRP)

We need accurate club and organisation details in the Grant Registration Portal. Visit the portal to check, register or update your organisation’s details. Register/update now >>

Outdoor Classroom Day

With over 100 schools signed up in Queensland already, why not start the conversation with your school and sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day? Find out more >>



Celebrate Seniors Week 2019

The Sunshine Coast Council is celebrating Seniors Week from 19 to 25 August 2019. For a full list of activities, head to the council’s website for more information. Find out how to take part>>

Inclusive Coaching Online Course

Free online interactive course is aimed at community coaches. Click the link to start the modules. Start now >> 

Suicide intervention training

Learn how to apply a scientifically-proven suicide intervention model at this world-leading training held over two days. This two-day workshop will be held on 12 and 13 September 2019 at USC. Here’s how to participate >>


If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the above topics, please contact Sport and Recreation
North Coast Region
on 07 5459 6176 or email north.coast@npsr.qld.gov.au

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – National Wheelchair Basketball League Grand Finals

Come support us at this exciting championship event and meet top athletes from all over Australia and whilst helping the event run smoothly.

The 2019 National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) Grand Finals will feature three (3) days of intense and hard-hitting competition as elite athletes from all over Australia showcase the elite skill and athleticism that makes wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports in the world for athletes with a disability.

Location: Clem Jones Centre, (Southern Districts Basketball Centre), 56 Zahel St, Carina QLD 4152

– Friday 16 August 2019, 2pm to 9.30 pm (approx)
– Saturday 17 August 2019, 11.30am to 5pm (approx)
– Sunday 18 August 2019, 8am to 4pm (approx)
– Training: Full training provided

Volunteer Roles: Event assistant

Useful Links:

If you are available and interested in supporting one or all days, please contact Susan Solakovic, HR and Volunteers Manager, (07) 3253 3333 or susans@sportingwheelies.org.au.

Group shot of volunteers wearing red sporting wheelies shirts


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.

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