For Every One in a Million

Better health outcomes for Victorians with disability through sport and recreation




Dean Walker

Dean Walker

Chairperson – Appointed Director November 2008

BA(AsSt), MBus(AppEc), Grad Dip SportsTraining, DBA

Dean is a Consultant Lecturer at Victoria University and Principle Consultant for the Wax Consulting Group. Dean brings to the Board an abundance of global economic and business knowledge.

Tina McKenzie

Tina McKenzie

Secretary – Appointed Director 2013


Tina has represented Australia in wheelchair basketball at three Paralympic Games and three world cups. She has been involved in the development of the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball League since 2000 and has represented the players on the League Advisory Committee.

Jeremy Long

Jeremy Long

Director – Appointed 2002


Jeremy has been a member of Disability Sport and Recreation for nearly 20 years, a Director for 12 years and Chair for the past 7 years. Jeremy has a wealth of experience in management system assessment and has worked professionally as auditor and consultant for Davis Langdon since 1992. He is a member of RAB-Quality Society of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building and Director of Independence Australia.

Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams

Director – Appointed 2012

LLB BA (Hons), Law, Political Science

Gabrielle is a Project Manager in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne. She has worked as an advisor at Office of the Hon Alan Griffin MP and an associate lawyer with Baker & McKenzie.

Stuart Ewin

Stuart Ewin

Director – Appointed May 2013

OAM, LLB BA (Hons)

Stuart competed as part of the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team at the 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. He won a gold medal at the Atlanta Paralympics for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia. Stuart has been a practicing solicitor for over 10 years and currently works for the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Greg Warnecke

Greg Warnecke

Director – Appointed 2003

BAppSc(Human Movement), MSportBus, DipFrontlineMgt

Greg brings to the Board a strong sport and event management focus. He has represented Australia at multiple international sporting events as a Coach or Team Official. Greg worked as the Program Manager, Sport Services for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and FINA 2007 World Swimming Championships. He was the General Manager for the 2009 Australian Paralympic Youth Games prior to taking up his current role as Head of Sport for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Professor Nora Shields

Professor Nora Shields

Director – Appointed 2012

PhD Trinity College Dublin, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Trinity College Dublin, Grad Dip Stats Trinity College Dublin, Grad Cert Higher Education La Trobe University

Nora’s research focuses on how to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disability through engagement in physical activity and exercise. She has received a number of research awards including the Community Research Prize from the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and has a strong track record in research publications, engagement, knowledge translation and research higher degrees student supervision. She is currently a chief investigator on a NHMRC funded collaborative research translation project involving five health services across four Australian states aimed at increasing the uptake of evidence based practice among clinicians working with people with disabilities.

Robin Povey

Robin Povey

Director – Appointed August 2010

Dip CE, Eng WS

Robin recently retired after 23 years with the international engineering consultancy firm of GHD prior to which he worked for the Victorian Government. He has established a specialist consultancy in International Development and is looking forward to assisting organisations and communities in less developed countries, by drawing on his over 40 years of professional and international experience.

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen

Director – Appointed 2009


Andrew has worked in a variety of Senior Operations and HR roles for some of the country’s leading recruitment agencies, bringing superior people management skills and motivational tools to the team. Currently Andrew works as the Regional Manager of Human Resources for Boral in Victoria.

Russell Phillips

Russell Phillips

Director – Appointed 2013

DippAppSci (Nursing)

Russell is a registered General and Psychiatric Nurse, retired Naval Officer, former Vice President of Elwood R.S.L and Treasurer of Sailability Victoria. Russell has been a member of Disability Sport and Recreation since 1978.

Levels of Participation in Sport & Recreation



27.6% With Disability

67.2% Without Disability

20% With Disability

65% Without Disability

New Disability Sport & Recreation members stay physically active at nearly twice the rate of other Victorians with a disability.


We recognise and are deeply appreciative of the generous support we receive from individual donors, families, businesses, trusts, foundations, community groups and organisations. It gives us great pleasure to acknowledge these contributions and the ongoing support of the community.

 $10,000 and over

Sport & Recreation Victoria

The Alfred Felton Bequest

Collie Foundation

Protect Services Pty. Ltd

The Carbine Club

Henry Carus & Associates

Inner North Community Foundation

Geelong Community Foundation

Gandel Philanthropy

Canchester Group

$5000 and over

Yarra Trams

RACV Community Foundation

City of Melbourne

Department of Premier and Cabinet-Aboriginal Affairs

Group Training Association Victoria

O’Briens Pharmacy

Slater & Gordon

Office for Disability

Federation Square

Photography By Design


The Brunton Family

Over $1,500

Ms A Wagg

Quest Carpets

XTM Australia

Robert D Evans

The Steel Club Of Victoria

Excel Australasia Pty Ltd

Ms M O’Sulliven

Brickwood Holdings

Same Page Enterprises Pty Ltd

City West Water

Lumi Media

$1000 and over

iGo Direct Group

Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation

Ascot Glass

Collingwood Rotary

Isuzu Australia

Madd Gear

Collingwood Football Club

John Moran Motors

Community Enterprise Foundation

Altona RSL

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Bequests & Estates

Majorie Cooper Estate & Thornton Davies Pty. Ltd.


We run programs that vary massively in their reach. Programs like WheelTalk enjoy over 20,000 participants while our Summer and Winter Camps are restricted to only a lucky few. With your continued support, we hope to be able to raise the participation levels for all of our programs.



Toward inclusive sport and recreation opportunities… for every one in a million


Delivered to primary and secondary schools, councils, businesses, scouts, and sporting groups. This powerful, engaging program raises disability awareness, educates people about disability statistics and increases our reach within the community. In the last financial year, WheelTalk was presented in 483 institutions.

Thanks to Group Training Association of Victoria for their support of this program.

“I always find the wheelchair presentations to be one of the highlights of the course and the students absolutely love it. Their personal accounts from the presenters are very informative and inspirational. I would strongly recommend the sessions to anyone.”

Rehabilitation to Recreation

Delivered to health professionals in a clinical setting, this newly updated education program provides detailed information about active sport and recreation opportunities for people with disability.

Thanks to Henry Carus and Associates, Coloplast and InTouch for their support of this program.

87.50% of the allied health professionals stated they will apply what they had learned during the Rehabilitation to Recreation session to their practices.


What’s Out There

Delivered in metropolitan and regional settings, the What’s Out There Day introduces participants to local Disability Sport & Recreation members, community groups, State Sporting Associations and Disability Sports Organisations, and gives people an opportunity to try adaptive sporting equipment. This year, WOT Days were held at the Health Scope Expo, Foundation 97, The Daily Living Expo and Vic Rehab.

DSR Kids

Working in partnership with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service and supported by State Sporting Associations, this exciting new program is having positive impact on young people with disability. The program aims to inspire young people to stay active by introducing them to sport and recreation in a safe and supportive environment while they are still in hospital.

Parents and carers are shown the options available to their children and how to keep them connected to healthy physical activity. DSR Kids has driven membership and participation, but most importantly has increased awareness. Currently running at the Royal Children’s Hospital, we are bringing DSR Kids to the Monash Children’s Hospital in 2015.

Thanks to Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Swimming Victoria, Basketball Victoria, Netball Victoria, BJ’s Dance Studio, Gymnastics Victoria and the Brunton family for their support.

DSR Kids at the Royal Children’s Hospital

Summer & Winter Camps

These enormously popular camps open young people’s eyes to the world of opportunity that is sport and recreation. The winter camp was in July 2013 at Falls Creek and the summer camp, in February 2014, was on Phillip Island. Participants reported an increased sense of independence, and parents have all have expressed interest in further involvement. Everyone can’t wait for next year’s camps.

Thanks to Disabled Winters Sports Australia for their support.

“The camp was one of the highlights of my life and spending time with the kids is something I will never forget.”



This pilot program used sport and recreation as a tool to improve employment, health and education outcomes in young Victorians with disability.
At the conclusion of the pilot at the Ballarat Special Development School, all twelve students from year 12 had successfully registered and linked to local disability employment agency, 9 of them had attained either employment, or an apprenticeship or training program opportunity  and the others had interviews and volunteer opportunities planned.

Thanks to Gandel Philanthropy  for their support.

“SportsWorks gave the students more self belief. At the start they didn’t have the skills or knowledge to gain and maintain employment, but throughout the program the turn-around was incredible.”

Sports Equipment Library

Every year our library of adaptive sporting equipment grows, giving more people the opportunity to try a new sport or recreational activity. Our low-cost, affordable rental scheme helps remove the financial barrier to participation.


    7-a-side Football (Soccer)

    In its fifth year, this program was developed and is run in partnership with Northcote City Football Club (NCFC). The aim is to offer a supportive environment for players with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or have experience stroke to learn the sport. They can then integrate into their local clubs, or continue playing friendly games with NCFC and other disability football teams.

    We also manage the state 7-a-side team, coordinating training and the Victorian team selection for the national championships, who made it to the bronze medal playoff against South Australia.

    Thanks to Northcote City Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club, Madison Sports, Reagan Milstein Foundation, and Sport and Recreation Victoria for their support of 7-a-side football.

    Football Players

    Lawn Bowls

    Over the last financial year, our lawn bowls program has seen the most significant growth in participation numbers out of all the sport and recreation activities we run. Once a month, at the Fitzroy Victoria Bowls Club, we run training sessions for people to work on their technique and develop skills they can take back to their local club competitions. We also manage the logistics for the state lawn bowls team that competes in the national championships.

    Thanks to Fitzroy Victoria Bowls Club and Bowls Victoria for their support

    Lawn Bowls Players

    Wheelchair Rugby

    For more than 20 years, we have coordinated the fast and furious game, sometimes known as murder ball, in Victoria.

    In early 2014, we developed an introduction program in partnership with Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre to provide inpatients with a newly acquired disability the opportunity to see and experience the sports available to them. Alongside this program, we introduced a specialist coaching program where players receive one-on-one training to further develop their skills.

    The Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby League is the state’s competition, from where we select the best players to train on the Victorian squad for the national championship. There are currently nine Victorians on the Australian Steelers squad, who all trained with us.

    Thanks to Protect, Madison Sports, Australian Paralympic Committee, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Disability Sport Australia, Southern Grampians Shire Council, and Sport and Recreation Victoria for their support of wheelchair rugby in Victoria.


    Wheelchair Rugby Players


    We hosted our fourth annual Disability Sport & Recreation Festival to celebrate International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, at Federation Square. An estimated 20,680 visitors to the Festival enjoyed the 16 come-and-try activities on offer from the 37 exhibitors.

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    Scoring the Equaliser

    Part of the festival, our mini-conference, Scoring the Equaliser, had 116 registrations from across the sporting, health and disability sectors.


    “(Today’s conference has) made me more aware of sport and disability and I will share this with others in my work and socially. Today was good awareness raising.”


    Corporate challenge

    Eight teams took part in our annual Corporate Wheelchair Basketball Challenge, which was opened by the Hon. Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Community Services, and Minister for Disability Services and Reform. Stride Sports Management beat Victoria Police in the friendly final.


    Thanks to Federation Square, Slater & Gordon, City of Melbourne, State Government Victoria (Office for Disability), Photography by Design, City West Water, Lumi Media and Semcore for their support of the festival.


    Every year we acknowledge the outstanding work being done throughout the Victorian community to support people with disability to take part in sport and recreation, and celebrate those whose commitment and dedication enhance the reputation of their chosen sport. These award winners are role models, leaders and advocates.

    Male Sports-person of the Year

    Patrick Francis

    Female Sports-person of the Year

    Carol Cooke

    Junior Sports-person of the Year

    Matthew Haanappel

    Team of the Year

    Victorian Metro Ivor Burge Women’s Basketball Team

    Coach of the Year

    Greg Crump

    Volunteer of the Year

    Debbie Pataki

    Iniative of the Year

    Melbourne Uni Physio Students – Aust. Physio Webinar

    Most Out-standing Media Coverage

    Lucie van den Berg – Herald Sun

    DSRF Awards

    Thanks to the Carbine Club for their support of our annual awards.

    “Patrick is so excited and proud to have won (the Male Sportsperson of the Year) award and to have been part of the ceremony (as were all of us).”


    Cycle Power

    Since its inception in 2011, CyclePower has set a positive example of the benefits of sport and recreation for all people of all abilities. This community development and fundraising initiative has an international focus, raising money for communities in Fiji, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    The 2014 trip saw 20 Victorians with and without disability take on a challenging but rewarding 600km ride across Thailand’s mountains and beaches, visiting Phuket Punyanukul School along the way to donate sports equipment and general supplies.

    Score! physical activity for every ability

    We received seed funding from The Alfred Felton Bequest and Collie Foundation for a new program to engage young Victorians with disability in sport and recreation. The grant supports inclusive, accessible sport and recreation service delivery through a new accreditation program called “Top Score”.

    Educating and influencing

    In September 2013, we hosted our first webinar with the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Changing lives: What physiotherapists should know about disability sport. The webinar aimed to improve the knowledge and awareness among physiotherapists about the disability sport and recreation sector, and the biopsychosocial benefits of participation for people with disability. Over 1000 APA members registered for the webinar and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We will host our next webinar in December 2014.

    “The presence of a person who had both a disability and was working in the area was a good way to present the information it was a well-rounded presentation I especially appreciated the listing of relevant agencies that can be accessed as this list must have been difficult to set up and I will make good use of the information.”

    Our reach is Victoria-wide, with more 80 organisations and 1500 individual members across the state.


    13CABS – Black Cabs Combined Pty Ltd

    Accommodation & Care Solutions

    Achievable Concepts

    Alphington Community Centre

    Amputee Golf Australia

    Arthritis Victoria

    Aust Network for the Development of Animal Assisted Therapies

    Australia wheelchair Handball Victorian Division

    Australian Sports Commission

    Australian University Sport

    Barwon Health

    Basketball Victoria

    Belvoir Special School

    Bowls Victoria

    Brimbank City Council

    Care for Carers

    Central Access

    Coburg Tigers F.I.D.A Football


    Communication Resource Centre Scope

    Croydon Sports Injury and Spinal Clinic

    Department of Human Services

    Diamond Valley Archers Inc.

    Epworth Rehabilitation Camberwell

    ES&M Dance School

    Fitzroy Victoria bowling & Sports Club

    Football Integration Development Association

    Footscray Swimming and Waterpolo Club


    Glenvale School Hamilton Campus

    GV Wheelies

    Gymnastics Victoria


    Hume City Council – Access for All Abilities program

    John Monash Science School

    Leisure Networks

    Limbs 4 Life Inc

    Melbourne Heart Football Club

    Melbourne Legacy

    Monkami Inc

    Mountain District Badminton Association

    Mt Bawbaw Alpine Resort

    Murray Human Services

    Netball Victoria

    Out Doors Inc

    Paraquad Tasmania

    People Outdoors

    People with Multiple Sclerosis

    Post polio Victoria Inc

    Quad Quip Solutions P/L

    Royal Melbourne Hospital

    Sailability Albury Wodonga

    Sandown All Abilities Football Team

    Seymour Youth & Fitness Club


    Special Olympics Victoria, Gippsland

    Sport and Recreation Victoria

    Sports Central

    Sports Focus

    Sportzrulz Victoria

    Springvale Shooting Range

    Star of the Sea

    Stawell Wildcats Basketball Association

    Stepping Forward Therapy Services

    Swimming Victoria


    Tennis Victoria

    The Grace Mckellar Centre

    The Living Practice Pty Ltd

    Through Life Physiotherapy

    Tim Beare

    Traralgon West Cricket Club


    Vermont South Bowls Club

    Vibes Fitness

    Victorian Blind Cricket Association

    Victorian Curling Association

    Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA)

    Victorian Paediatric Rehab Service

    Wavejet Australia

    Werribee Mercy Community Rehabilitation Centre

    Werribee Roller Devils Wheelchair

    Wimmera Parent Support Network

    Yachting Victoria – Sailability Victoria


    YMCA Camp Manyung

    YMCA Community Development Unit

    Our unique, person-centred approach is pivotal to Victorians with disability successfully navigating a complex sector.

    We strongly influence public and private health, education, and sport and recreation.

    We voiced our concerns and ideas to government to address systemic and policy changes that would create supportive environments for Victorians with disability to take part in sport and recreation.

    We made submissions to:

    1. Inquiry into the Social Inclusion of Victorians with a Disability
    2. Grow Learn Live Well consultation
    3. National Disability Insurance Agency Draft Strategic Plan 2013-2016



    We believe health is a basic human right to which everyone is entitled.

    Taking part in sport and recreation connects us, motivates us, and keeps us healthy.

    Help continue our work making sport and recreation a real option for Victorians with disability. Please make a donation today.

    Call our fundraising team on (03) 9473 0100 or visit our website.

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    Financial Summary 2013-2014

    Financial Position June 30 2014

    Current Assets$418,235
    Property, Plant & Equipment$3,790,339
    Total Assets$4,208,574
    Employee Entitlement Provisions$168,228
    Total Liabilties$345,037
    Net Assets$3,863,537

    Sources of Income 2013-2014

      Financial Performance

      Year Ended 30 June 2014

      Government Grants$103,409
      Philanthropic Funds$389,084
      Corporate Sponsorships$118,364
      Entry Fees$22,334
      Total Income$1,983,797
      Sports & Recreation Program & Administration$1,007,200
      Fundraising Employee Benefits$536,973
      Audit, Legal & Consultancy$54,259
      Borrowing Cost$8,730
      Total Expenditure$1,607,162
      Net Profit$376,635
      Total Comprehensive Income$376,635

      Expenditure 2013-2014

        Disability Sport & Recreation is:

        •  A registered Community Access Planner with Transport Accident Commission
        • A registered Community Group Program Provider with Transport Accident Commission
        • A state government Registered Disability Service Provider under the Disability Act 2006 (Victoria)
        • A registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme