Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

Activity for all abilities

Premier’s Active April is about getting Victorians more active. That means ALL Victorians. So we’re spreading the word about the fantastic work done by Access for All Abilities.

Each year, the Victorian government provides funding to a number of State Sporting Associations to promote pathways for people of all abilities to participate in sports.

Success story – Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Nicole Fincher & Paul Drew enjoy a match in Wonthaggi, while Barry Sampson and Kevin Browne look on.

The Wonthaggi Table Tennis’ Access for All Abilities social program is proving a popular activity for enthusiastic local all-abilities table tennis buffs. Players from around South Gippsland including the towns of Grantville, Krowera, Inverloch, Korumburra, Phillip Island and Wonthaggi come together every Thursday afternoon to practice their forehand smashes and lobs in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The program offers the players a fantastic opportunity to have fun, socialise and keep active.

Benefits of program to community

Table tennis enthusiasts Nicole Fincher and Paul Drew both look forward to the weekly exercise and fun.

‘I try to be active, and this is a great chance to do just that. It is a fun program and I enjoy the social side of it. Sometimes we can be a bit competitive and that is good too,’ Paul Drew from the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Access All Abilities social program.

The table tennis program is run by Nancy Pattinson, a local disability support worker, who cites her experience as a table tennis player, state registered umpire and GippSport community coach as instrumental to her role. Nancy admits there have been some challenges to overcome.

‘Due to the various disabilities, these enthusiastic players have had to work at it to play the sport of table tennis. It meant different approaches with each person. However it is such a fun program that this on-going challenge is always successful and players are so willing to learn and improve their game. In all my years of working with people of various abilities I have never had such an enjoyable time,’ Nancy Pattinson.

The program is supported by the invaluable help of dedicated volunteers and GippSport, Connecting Skills Australia, Interchange, Headway and South Gippsland FOCAS.

How to become involved with Access All Abilities

AAA-VicIf you are interested in becoming involved in an Access for All Abilities supported initiative as a participant or a supporter, you can check out the Access for All Abilities First Point of Call Service, AAA Play. It’s got lots of useful information.

AAA Play have numerous events going on around Melbourne, find an activity or register an activity – your organisation may be able to partner with Access for All Abilities to help communities in your local area.

To speak directly with someone from AAA Play, please call 1800 222 842.

Last updated: November 29, 2016 at: 5:15 pm

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