TAIHS.. More than
a health service.
Could Townsville be Home to Australia’s next
The Red Dust Heelers Believe So!
Dates: 26th – 27th March 2019
Times: Tuesday 5 30pm – 8 30pm, Wednesday 5 30pm-8 30pm
Where: Heatley High School Cyclone Shelter
Contact: Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy 0421 870 691, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to support from International Day of People with Disability, Paralympics Australia & Outback Academy Australia have joined forces to deliver OAA’s Red Dust Heelers Program in Townsville next week.
The Red Dust Heelers is the only program that exists nationally to address the barriers to inclusion in sport and recreation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People with disability.
1 in 5 Australians live with disability while 1 in 2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People live with disability – however, historically, there has been very little Indigenous engagement in recreational activities, sport and Paralympic pathways.
The Heelers are Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal athletes with disabilities, some Paralympians, women and men, young and old who spread awareness of the ability of people with disability and celebrate diversity and inclusion through sharing their stories and inviting communities to try wheelchair basketball and other para-sports with them – All are welcome. This is a simple formula, that has been proven to work across the country, with Indigenous & non-Indigenous engagement, in particular from regional and remote parts of Australia increasing.
Fresh off their Invictus Games exhibition game in Sydney last year, the Heelers are also very excited to connect with their Invictus competitor friends based in Townsville and support them.
Paralympics Australia will be sending their Talent Specialist, Tim Matthews, to assess and identify people with Paralympic potential and advise them of the pathways that exist for their chosen sport.
Tuesday night the Heelers will be guest coaches for the Townsville Cyclones wheelchair basketball training session.
Wednesday night the Heelers invite all members of the Townsville community to come and try wheelchair basketball with them.
The Heelers will also be supported by the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service to bring people together to discuss how community members with disabilities could be supported further with their engagement in sport and recreation.
Heelers in community https://youtu.be/wm2SBh4c7rQ
Heelers at Invictus Games https://youtu.be/tDTEcRRdbPw