CEO of Disability Sports Australia, Jenni Cole said: “In childhood, the opportunity to try out a range of different sports is an important part of developing physical literacy, choosing sports they like and establish lifelong patterns of physical activity.

“This opportunity is largely missing for a great majority of children with a physical disability, particularly in terms of adaptive sports that they can safely enjoy and succeed in.

Start up Kidz, which will roll out next year across six regional and metropolitan areas, aims to address this gap by providing the opportunity for children with a disability to sample a range of adaptive sports in a fun and supportive environment. The program has been made possible through a Move it AUS grant from Sport Australia. 

Disability Sports Australia are calling for all children who are interested to register their interest at, as places are limited. Each child will have the ability to try at least six fun sports including wheelchair basketball and Aussie Rules. The hope is that they will carry on playing in their local community.

All participants will be given the opportunity to receive pre- and post-program assessments by Disability Sports Advisors, who are specially trained physiotherapists. These assessments will better inform both the parents and children of the most suitable sports and active recreation opportunities for them and provide personalised modifications or advice for participating in sport.

And don't forget, if you know a disability sports volunteer, team or club which deserves recognition then nominate them in the 2020 Sportscover Clubbies Awards.