2018 Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards
POLYTAN JOIN DISABILITY SPORT & RECREATION TO DRIVE INCLUSIVE SPORTING FACILITIES
The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the achievements of people with disability, those who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, coaches, clubs, communities, venues and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active, achieve their goals and live happier lives.
The creator of these awards, Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) believe every person has the right to live the life they want, with opportunities to take part in sport and recreation for improved health and wellbeing.
Research indicates inclusive sporting facilities allow athletes of all abilities to feel accepted and empowered. Able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability can participate in sport alongside each other in the same facility. This promotes increased participation levels and the sharing of positive experiences creating a happier and healthier lifestyle for everyone.
Polytan Asia Pacific support the development of inclusive sporting facilities globally. Recently joining forces with DSR, Polytan hope to further raise awareness about the benefits of creating inclusive facilities for every community, and supporting venues with knowledge on how to implement changes successfully.
THE POLYTAN INCLUSIVE SPORT, RECREATION OR OPEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD
The City of Melbourne’s North Melbourne Recreation Reserve and Newcomb Power Football Club have been nominated as finalists for the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award.
The North Melbourne Recreation Reserve has created a soccer field for the blind and the Newcomb Power Football Club has established a plan allowing disabled athletes post Auskick, to play in the junior competition with the assistance of an on-field helper.
Polytan would like to congratulate both nominees on the successful delivery of inclusive facilities and programs. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 August 2018 in Melbourne.
THE 2018 NATIONAL DISABILITY SPORTS CONFERENCE
Polytan General Manager – Paul Kamphuis recently spoke at the 2018 National Disability Sports Conference as part of the National Sports Convention. Using a recent case study, Paul shared Polytan’s experience and advice on design elements that can open up the doors to creating inclusive facilities for a greater range of athletes.
Evidence now suggests there is minimal costs involved with making facilities more accessible and inclusive by adopting simple design changes in the early stages of planning and construction.
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ATHLETICS TRACK WITH DEDICATED WHEELCHAIR FACILITIES
If you’re keen to start learning how to make your sporting facility inclusive – Take a look at Australia’s First ever athletics track with a dedicated wheelchair training lane in Polytan’s case study of Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track.
This is the second facility in the world to incorporate a training facility for wheelchair athletes, and was the home training ground to Kurt Fearnley in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he won GOLD!
Thanks to the Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track, Australia now has a successful blueprint for creating inclusive sporting facilities.
Polytan are committed to delivering athletics tracks with dedicated wheelchair lanes to every Australian state and territory, so that all athletes have equal opportunity to participate in sport.
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