Club praised for helping people with disability join in community sports

Community connection: NSW Minister for Disabilities Ray Williams (second from left) and Oatley MP Mark Coure (back) presented a grant to support the activities of Hurstville special athletes including Hannah Sandeman-NSW Special Olympics basketballer (right). Picture: John Veage
Community connection: NSW Minister for Disabilities Ray Williams (second from left) and Oatley MP Mark Coure (back) presented a grant to support the activities of Hurstville special athletes including Hannah Sandeman-NSW Special Olympics basketballer (right). Picture: John Veage

The Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club (RSAC) which assists people with disability to become more involved in community sport has received a one-off $2,500 NSW State Government Grant.

NSW Minister for Disability Services and Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, and Oatley MP Mark Coure announced the funding during a visit to the Hurstville Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Mr Coure said the RSAC has served the community for almost 30 years.

“More than 500 people of all ages with disability participate in the club’s programs on a regular basis,” he said.

“Most of the Club’s services and activities are carried out by volunteers, including mums and dads, and other family members.”

Mr Williams said the NSW Government is committed to creating inclusive communities.

“Sport is an excellent way for people with disability to connect and be included,” he said.

“I’m delighted this funding is available to an organisation that empowers and provides opportunities for people with disability to realise their sports goals and harness their potential,” he said.

Mr Williams and Mr Coure also visited 3Bridges Community yesterday to announce $3,500 in funding to assist in delivering a dementia information program in the Nepali language.

“Along with the assistance of Alzheimer’s Australia, this funding will help reach out to the Nepali members of our community and allow them to gain access to the right advice about dementia in their own language,” Mr Williams said.

3Bridges Community Chief Executive Officer Rosemary Bishop said the funding was vital given the importance of early dementia diagnosis.

“This money will allow us to help the Nepali community gain access to necessary support and services through a comprehensive public information program,” she said.

This will ultimately encourage thorough and prompt assessments by medical professionals and promote early planning and assistance for people living with dementia.”

The funding announcements were made the same day as Georges River Council released its inaugural Disability Inclusion Action Plan outlining how the council will be more inclusive for all people in the local government area through improved access to facilities, events and services.

For more information on Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club, visit http://www.disabledsportrsac.org.au.

For information on 3Bridges, visit https://3bridges.org.au.