More than 20 people have turned out to participate in the Wheelchair sports on offer at the Esperance Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, January 9.
The free session, led by Shire of Esperance club development officer Shane Tobin, invited participants of all ages to join as part of day two of the Esperance One and All Community Program.
Former state wheelchair rugby player Ian Newman attended the session to assist and said it was a positive learning experience for attendees.
“I think it’s great that they’re getting to experience what it is like in a wheelchair and realising how difficult it is to move in it,” he said.
“I hope that this teaches them how hard it is to move and pick things up and encourages them to offer to help guide those who are in a wheelchair.”
Mr Newman said he was impressed by how quickly some of the participants adapted to using the wheelchairs.
“It’s amazing, some of these young ones only started learning today and they’ve really gotten the hang of it,” he said.
“A couple of pushes and away they go.”
Mr Newman said he hopes to start a competition for wheelchair sports in Esperance by 2019.
“I’d like to get a game together once a week and start a bit of a competition,” he said.
“The chairs are expensive but, if we could fundraise for it, I think it would be of great benefit to the community because, at the moment, there is no real physical exercise or team sport here for the disabled.
“As long as we’ve got the numbers for it.”
It is the first time the program has run since the event’s formal partnership between the Shire of Esperance, BOICO and Escare.
The Community Program continues Wednesday January 10, with Ultimate Frisbee at the Soccer Fields on Jane Street from 2:30pm until 4:30pm.
To register, contact Mr Tobin on 0418557397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org