In exciting news, the members of Sporting Wheelies have voted unanimously to transition their organisation to become part of Spinal Life Australia.
We have been working closely with the Sporting Wheelies Board to make this decision, which will help secure the organisation’s financial sustainability and ensure Queenslanders with disability continue to be supported to stay active and healthy through sport and recreation.
Over the coming months, our aim is to build on the organisation’s strong foundations and combine our expertise and resources to help Sporting Wheelies services to grow.
Who are Sporting Wheelies?
Sporting Wheelies first began in the 1960s as a small sports club within what was known as the Paraplegics Welfare Association in Queensland – which later became Spinal Life Australia. Sporting Wheelies became a separate charity in 1977, solely focused on providing sporting and recreational activities for people with disability.
This is a positive step forward for both organisations, strengthening our shared mission and vision to support people with disability to live accessible, equitable and empowered lives, as well as advocate for more inclusive communities.
Will there be a change to services?
Sporting Wheelies will continue to operate from their existing locations, including the Para Sports Clubhouse in Milton, and deliver the same services on a ‘business as usual’ basis.
With the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games coming up later this year, and as we look towards the 2032 Brisbane Paralympics, it’s certainly an exciting time to support all Queenslanders to explore pathways to professional sport on a national and international level. We will also be working to enhance community programs for sport and other leisure and recreational activities.