Sally Posselt

Sally Posselt

Video Transcript: Introducing Sally Posselt Photo of Sally (head shot)

How has participating in sport helped you?

It’s made my life, you know, fuller, I can do things. It’s made me stronger and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities for me. If you don’t exercise…if you… how should I say this…if you exercise, it makes everything so much easier.

What is your favourite sport or activity?

I love The Gym, and I’m still active in The Gym. The gym has given me a lot of benefits. I love swimming, but Sporting Wheelies did a lot of activities that I would have never dreamed of doing – things like sky diving and snow skiing. 

When did you first become involved with Sporting Wheelies?

I started up in 1987, but I didn’t actually start going until 1989.

Was it an honour to be appointed as an Ambassador for Sporting Wheelies?

Very much a big honour… I kept thinking why have they chosen me? But no, it was a big honour.

Was there anyone who inspired you?

Carmel Williams was a big inspiration, she was always a very positive person… she’s always been very positive and very much a go getter.

{Dr} Sean Tweedy – when I first rang, I first got involved in The Gym with Sean Tweedy, I still keep in contact with Sean these days, and he motivates me.

Sean Tweedy and Sally
Dr Sean Tweedy and Sally Posselt

What has been the benefit of being a member of Sporting Wheelies?

I think it’s just been a fantastic Association, and there have been so many activities I wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing on my own.

What other activities did you enjoy?

Going away on weekends, camping and weekends away were so much fun.

What have been some of the changes during your lifetime?

Just with the Paralympics, I remember a few years ago – the Paralympics were put on, and no one was really interested in the Paralympics, and it was given a half an hour slot on ABC2 or something. Now, a lot of people are interested in the Paralympics, and with the last Paralympics there was ‘always’ stuff either on channel 7 or 7two.

What is Sporting Wheelies’ role in the future?

To continue to promote sporting and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, to continue to barrack for them and just put it out there. 

I think society has finally crossed the line, to the fact that people with disabilities don’t just sit around… they CAN just sit around, but A LOT OF THEM DON’T, and they want just THE SAME SUCCESS, just THE SAME SPORTING ABILITY and ACHIEVEMENT as people without disabilities.

What is your mantra or what advice would you offer?

Katrina Vines (left) and Sally Posselt

Sally’s story – from the Association’s 25th Anniversary book – ‘Step by Step We Conquer’.

Sally Posselt discovered the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in 1988 after hearing a former Paralympic Athlete talk about his sport and recreation experiences. She thought she’d like to try athletics or swimming for people with cerebral palsy, but confesses she wasn’t keen on the idea of early morning training sessions!

After a chat with the Association’s gym coordinator Sean Tweedy, Sally decided that a twice-weekly gym regime was the best place to start. She has been a regular member of the Association’s gym ever since. Sally also became an avid A.D. Venturer and has tackled challenges ranging from skydiving, rock climbing, abseiling and snowskiing to four-wheel driving and sailing. She and her longtime friend and co-A.D. Venturer Katrina Vines challenged themselves in 1992 when they took part in an Outward Bound Australia course. The Two adventurers tackled high ropes, canoeing, camping and whitewater rafting.

Sally was a founding member of the Association’s concert band, Musical Chairs. Established as a joint initiative of the Association and the Australian Academy of Music, the band featured Association members and able-bodied musicians from around Brisbane. Sally’s commitment and talent as a percussionist were recognised with a special award in 2001.

Her quiet confidence and wicked sense of humour make her a popular speaker at Disability Education forums, where she enjoys the opportunity to talk about the benefits of “having a go” and “the importance of being relaxed around people with disabilities. Being involved in the Association has given me an opportunity to do things that I would never have thought of doing, and most importantly, to form a number of wonderful friendships.”

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