Introducing the newest chapter in our journey, Powerchair Sports Victoria. For the past 30 years, we have been known as Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA). We as an organisation have been built from the passionate, committed and wonderful work of our players, parents and supporters since the MD Sports Group in the late 1970’s.
Our clear focus has always been on providing sport and recreational opportunities to people who use a powerchair for mobility and since our inception, we have done that and much more.
Powerchair Sports Victoria reflects our ambition of being seen and recognised as the peak sporting body for all powerchair sports. We recognise the strong growth of powerchair sports across the world and we are inspired to spread awareness and the opportunities our sports bring.
Over the past several years we have seen a rapid rise in popularity and professionalism of both Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey in Victoria and Australia. We have partnered with two professional sporting clubs to help establish Powerchair Football in Victoria. We have also introduced two new Powerchair Hockey teams to the market who have developed a healthy rivalry. Our representative teams have competed both at home and interstate in various competitions, giving our players the platform to play sports at a high level and this will only continue to grow. We have also seen some of our players in the past few years represent Australia in various events. Our future ambitions look toward creating a junior program which gives young athletes a pathway into the sports we love. Our adventure doesn’t end there as we continue to explore new sports and programs to ensure all people involved are included.
A new name and a new logo, yet we are certainly the same organisation we have always been, an organisation for the players, an organisation that strives to empower our members, not only through sport but through a strong and unified community.
Our journey has never changed, and it never will. Our goals are to increase participation and make our sports inclusive and accessible for everyone to participate in, whether it be socially or competitively. We as an organisation must push for change, provide vision for the future and collaborate with organisations from across Victoria and interstate to bring powerchair sports and our athletes the recognition and success they deserve.
We are very excited to share this new journey with you and we are extremely proud of the work we have done over the past year.