Who Are We?
Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA) is a community based, non-profit association run by volunteers, parents and players. VEWSA is the peak organisation for electric wheelchair sports in Victoria. Our focus is on providing sporting opportunities for people who use an electric wheelchair for mobility.
VEWSA aims to ensure that all Victorians with disabilities who use electric wheelchairs have the opportunity to participate in sport. These opportunities include team sporting events at Regional, National and International levels of competition. We encourage participation and promote electric wheelchair sports with the hope of making a positive impact on the lives of Victorians with a disability. Sport has many benefits, it helps build character through teamwork, communication, leadership, hard work, perseverance and good sportsmanship.
We will achieve our mission by:
- Engaging with our members to provide support, guidance and resources.
- Create and maintain pathways to National and International competitions and engage with other Associations around Australia.
- Effectively administering all competitions throughout Victoria.
Electric wheelchair sports were first played in Victoria in the early 1980’s, commencing at the Glenallen Special School. The sports quickly drew attention and became popular among students that Balwyn Special School (now Belmore School) introduced their own team to compete against Glenallen. These teams organised and played competitive matches, which later included Glenroy Special School.
Most, but not all of the players, had neuromuscular disorders under the Muscular Dystrophy umbrella, and a number of the parents, were involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Society (MDS), as it then was, an unincorporated organisation, (later known as Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria Incorporated, (MDAV). Those parents, and Barry Robson (former Glenallen Principal), formed what was known as the MD Sports Group, an unincorporated body, with its own committee, within the auspices of MDS, and later MDAV.
The MD Sports Group then began organising competitive team matches on Sundays, at the Glenallen indoor Basketball Court / Gymnasium. The Sports popularity resulted in fixtures involving four (4) teams, and so impressed Roger Melnyk, then CEO of MDAV that he successfully applied for Commonwealth Govt. funding for a National Electric Wheelchair Sports event (NEWS), the first of which was held in Melbourne in 1986.
Early in 1989, a General Meeting of the MD Sports Group, with the concurrence of MDAV, resolved to become an independent incorporated Association, which was achieved late in that year when Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association Incorporated became Registered under the relevant Victorian legislation. In 2000 VEWSA became endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient.
For more information please contact Luke David
Phone 0424 160 174 | E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: www.vewsa.org.au