Disability Recreation and Sports SA (DRSSA), an independent member of Disability Sports Australia (DSA), has entered into liquidation with assistance being provided by DSA to DRSSA members.

DSA CEO, Jenni Cole told F2L the focus is to safeguard core programs. “We want to reassure people in SA that while this is a difficult time there are plans in place and we are there for them if they have any concerns. Our aim is to increase activity and invigorate their sporting teams where possible and minimise any potential impact on people with a disability in South Australia.”

Cole said DSA have been working with DRSSA to identify key people and programs and are working directly with several sports. It includes supporting the AAMI SA Sharks to enable them to attend the 2019 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship in Sydney in June, providing financial and logistical assistance as well as planning for further support to ensure the growth and future of the sport in SA.

“At the request of team management, and with the agreement of DRSSA, DSA has taken on direct support of the Adelaide Thunder wheelchair basketball team competing in the Wheelchair Basketball National League,” Cole said. “DSA are also developing Race Running in SA and is working directly with Novita, Athletics SA and other stakeholders to grow and develop this emerging para-athletics discipline in SA for athletes with cerebral palsy and other more severe disabilities.”

Inclusive Sport SA is undertaking a project providing a review of sustainable models for disability sport in SA. As a key identified stakeholder, DSA is working with project managers, BDO, on this State Government initiative.

The West Adelaide Thunder wheelchair basketball team is also grateful for the support and new association with DSA. Spokesman Adam Roocke told F2L: “This will also ensure the development of our team and junior programs can survive long term and continue to provide South Australians with a disability a pathway for Paralympic dreams.”

DRSSA members can contact DSA on: info@sports.org.au

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