Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Welcome to our Blog....

Firstly a huge welcome to our first Disability Recreation and Sports South Australia blog. We are having fun with our active social media platforms and gaining an exciting response from our followers. 

Social media allows us to spread the word about DRS and keep our members informed on our events and news. We are enjoying filming and photographing games, events, training sessions, recreational activities and even interviews, which you can see in full on our web site & you tube channel.

There has been a lot of activity in the DRS world in the past weeks and as this is our first blog we have lots of news to catch up on. The first event that pop's to mind is the 2013 AGM and Awards Night held at the Norwood Hotel on the 19th of October. What a fun and interactive night it was, and we don't mind saying so ourselves, a much new and improved event from previous years. So a BIG thank you to the Human Movement and Sport Event Program students from Uni SA who helped organise the night. These students put their heart and soul into making our event a great success! The night rolled along smoothly and after a short and sweet AGM we moved onto awarding our DRS member winners!

Congratulations to our award winners:

  • Barry Grear AO        Service to the Association Award
  • Grant Allen              Kevin Bawden Encouragement Award 
  • Sam White              Most Outstanding Member of the Year
  • Jesse Aungles          Most Outstanding Performance
  • Caleb Crowden         Junior Member of the Year
  • DRS Award              Dr Ruth Marshall

       Check out the video of the night here


We welcome our brand new Powerchair Football Team the Sabres to the DRS sporting clan. The following people were selected for the team and represented South Australia at this year’s Australian Powerchair Football Association National Championships in Sydney in October.                 
  • Chantel Bongiovanni
  • Santo Bongiovanni
  • Jonathan Grigg
  • Damien Porter 
  • Nathan Van Roy 
Well done to the SA SABRES on their best performance at the nationals defeating the NZ team with a crushing 7-1 victory!!! An outstanding performance by the entire team with everyone scoring a goal!! The Sabres officially finish off in 5th spot at the Australian Powerchair Football Association National Championships! Go Sabres!

Where's Webster 
We believe that having a mascot is a important component of a organisation and we LOVE ours.
Webster is his name and attending events is his game! Webster has been very busy of late and has decided to be a little cheeky and take photos of his adventures and let our social media followers guess where he is. He offers location clues and a photo or two of him and the guessing game begins. We have had a great response from Where's Webster and we personally welcome you to join in on the fun and guess his location. Wheres Webtser is uploaded to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Monday mornings of each week.

Amy Gillett Foundation Ride  
3rd November 2013

The sun was shining down on cyclists at the Amy Gillett ride and it was evident it was a perfect day with the masses of attendees. We had a bunch of people representing DRS including Simon Brockhoff, Keith Barton, Brian Moldenhauer, Grant Allen, Belinda,Emily and Brianna Galbraith. There were smiles all round on the finish line and the overall atmosphere was electric. It felt great to be apart of this event and help live the road safety legacy for the late Amy Gillett. We look forward to attending next year!
   Here's all the action 

Sourcing local activities 
for our members

Lolly Jar Circus
Members and parents can find it hard to find fun, exciting and accepting activities for themselves 
or their children. We are excited at DRS to be building on our recreational activities data base.  Our goal of being a one stop shop for disability information for all is fast approaching. 

Our social media and especially our You Tube Channel is allowing us to video local activities and put short productions together to show members. This gives people a visual and clear understanding of the activity and allows them to see if its right for them or their family member. We have found some great recreational programs in Adelaide including the Lolly Jar Circus. This program is a new Adelaide-based community circus initiative, striving to create an integrative and fun learning environment.  It caters for people from all walks of life including those with physical or intellectual disabilities. Here's our short video on the lolly jar circus. 


Gym Sense 
The INEA YMCA at Walkerville offers a great program called Gym Sense. It was developed in conjunction with an occupational therapist from Disability Services. The program runs from 3-4pm every Thursday during the school term. The classes can be attended casually or children can be enrolled for the term. The cost is $14 for a casual lesson or $115 for the term. Parents are encouraged to actively participate with their children. The class involves free exploration time on the gymnastics equipment, a group obstacle course focusing on gymnastic skill development and parachute time. Here's a short video on the Gym Sense program. 



Join us on our social media journey

We hope you are as excited about our latest adventures and social media platforms as we are! 

Check out our website here


This concludes our first blog, we look forward to blogging each week with DRS news and events. We would love your input and feedback and welcome you to comment and share our blog. 
Until next time.....

Take it easy, 
Nicki Camac



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