Boccia

Boccia was originally predominantly played by athletes with cerebral palsy, but has expanded to include athletes with other disabilities that affect motor skills. All athletes are required to be seated when releasing the ball, and most play from a wheelchair.  Athletes can throw, kick or even use a ramp (and a ramp assistant that you get to boss around!) to get the ball where you want it to go. Watch this video featuring ramp assistant Daniel and his brother Joseph. 

Boccia is widely played as an educational and recreational game, particularly in schools. At Paralympic level, Boccia is one of only two sports which do not have an Olympic counterpart with Goalball being the other.

There are a number of events happening for athletes to participate in, right here in Tasmania.

For more information email: pdst@paraquadtas.org.au

Frame Running

Frame Running is an innovative sport for people with a physical disability who have impaired balance and are not able to functionally run, regardless of age.

A Frame Runner trike is a custom built three-wheeled frame where the runner is fully supported by a saddle and leans against a chest support, propelling themselves forward by the feet (one or both), while using the hands and/or arms to steer. 

Find out what one of our participants thinks of frame running in this video.

To get involved, please contact: Kevin Faulkner – Physical Disability Sports
Email: pdst@paraquadtas.org.au

Phone: 6272 7513

 

Wheelchair AFL

Wheelchair AFL has been developed to provide all Australian Football enthusiasts with or without a disability with an Aussie rules experience that has strong parallels with the traditional game. Based on AFL rules and played on a basketball court, this wheelchair sport is open to anyone to play! Importantly, AFL Wheelchair is easy to play, and provides an environment whereby participation, enjoyment and safety are a priority. Wheelchair AFL has many applications in the community, particularly in rehabilitation, school and social environments. Fundamentally, Wheelchair AFL enables people of all ages and disability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet. Wheelchair AFL is a totally inclusive sport.

Please contact the Sports Development Coordinator to get involved: pdst@paraquadtas.org.au

To find out more, please see: www.sports.org.au/wcaussierules

And learn about how it all began in this video. 

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball was one of the foundation sports on the Paralympic Program in Rome in 1960. Today, it is one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability. It is now played in over 80 countries with over 100,00 players at all levels over the globe and is the fastest growing sport for athletes with a disability. 

Australia is at the forefront of wheelchair basketball’s development – and you can get involved in Tasmania, with regular sessions currently in the South and North West of the State. 

To find more, email pdst@paraquadtas.org.au

Watch this video to see where the sport’s taken one of our players. 

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby was first contested at the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport in Atlanta in 1996. It became an official medal-awarding sport at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and has since become one of the world’s most exciting and popular Para-sports.

Wheelchair rugby is an intense, contact team sport played by males and females in eight-minute quarters. To be eligible to compete, athletes must have a significant impairment that affects their arms and legs.

ParaQuad Tasmania has a Wheelchair Rugby Program that runs weekly in southern Tasmania. Hear from the coach and watch the action in this video. 

Watch this video to find out why one of our players enjoys being part of the program. 

To find out more or to get involved, please email pdst@paraquadtas.org.au