March 30, 2023
The Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball association has received $10,000 from the Ergon-Energex Community Fund to buy 10 new sports wheelchairs to be used in the South Burnett.
The Spinners were one of 22 groups across Queensland whose efforts were rewarded with a share of the $130,000 Ergon-Energex Community Fund.
Suncoast Spinners president Dr Bridie Kean said the new chairs would provide a huge boost for the South Burnett Spinners, the outreach club formed under the Suncoast Spinners in 2021.
“At Suncoast Spinners we support wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby here on the Sunshine Coast as well as in other areas such as Moreton Bay and South Burnett,” Dr Kean said.
“This is because we want more people, with and without a disability, to have access to our great wheelchair sports.”
Dr Kean said Suncoast Spinners promoted reverse inclusion, which meant they invited able-bodied players to join in with players who use a wheelchair in their everyday lives.
“It’s about giving everyone a go and it provides a great place where families can play the same sport together, instead of having to only watch from the sidelines,” Dr Kean said.
“These chairs will increase our outreach and really support the growing club at South Burnett. Everyone is really excited, and we can’t wait for the chairs to arrive mid-year.”