Canberra United’s Powerchair football team has received new sets of wheels, thanks to support from Rotary and Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy.
Powerchair football is a modified version of the round ball game for electric wheelchair users, including those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and other spinal cord injuries.
The team continues to grow, and to help them reach their full potential, Capital Football approached Rotary to ask for their assistance in raising $120,000 for nine new powerchairs.
Capital Football’s Game Development Manager, Kelly Stirton, believes the new chairs will be extremely beneficial.
“These nine new chairs are designed for competition with safety barriers, harnesses, headrests, and faster speeds,” she said.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received getting the chairs to Canberra.
“It will be exciting to unveil the chairs to the team because our players will now have the opportunity to go further in the sport and to compete at levels that weren’t possible before.
“We want to remind everyone that there are opportunities for people with a disability. Regardless of your age, gender, or disability, there is a sport for you.”
Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy’s Rob Oakley stated: “It is fantastic that we have found a way to give them an opportunity to be like every other kid and get involved in a team sport.
“We want to make sure that their everyday life is a little easier. Sport is a great way for people to develop, build their self-confidence and blossom.”
Canberra United’s Powerchair team will now be able to play in the Australian Powerchair Football National Championships.
“As part of our Rotary Club Project, we wanted to provide funding assistance, so persons with disabilities in Canberra and surrounding districts can play Powerchair football competitively,” Rotary Club of Aurora Gunghalin (RCAG) chair, John Platten, said.
“Australia will be hosting the 2022 Powerchair Football World Cup so it would be great to see an ACT representative competing on the world stage.”