Disability Recreation & Sports SA (DRSSA) is the home of sports in South Australia for those living with physical disabilities. We strive to support people living with a disability and their families to lead active, healthy and social lives through participation in recreation, fitness and sport. DRSSA helps connect its members with opportunities, assisting individuals to locate recreational activities most suited to them.
DRSSA successfully runs and facilitates many sports, including:
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls
- Wheelchair Aussie Rules
- Electric Wheelchair Sports
- Active Kids Junior Wheelchair Program
- No Handicap Golf
- Wheelchair Rugby
- Come & Try Days
Our sports are run from several locations in Adelaide in environments that are safe, child-friendly, fun and active. We aim to encourage member participation in sports from the grassroots level, through to state and national representation. Able-bodied family members and friends are welcome and encouraged to participate too, as part of our Reverse Inclusion strategy that aims to see everyone, regardless of any disability, playing sport together. DRSSA also works closely with state and national sporting organisations to coach and assist them in the development of different sports to become more accommodating for those living with a disability.
DRSSA also actively engages the community through our WheelieNet Disability Awareness Program. WheelieNet visits schools, communities and corporate groups and uses wheelchairs and wheelchair sports as a tool to break down barriers, encourage team unity, and promote understanding and awareness of disability. Participants leave the program having had fun, but also having a greater understanding of the abilities of those living with disabilities, and the sporting opportunities available.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely heavily on donations and are occasionally the recipient of grants and state government support. Members of our organisation are the beneficiaries of these funds, which are used to develop local programs, purchase sporting equipment and uniforms, hire sporting venues, upskill volunteers, and subsidise travel expenses for teams and individuals who compete interstate or internationally.
Looking to the future, DRSSA aims to expand our junior programs, continue running great and successful sports competitions and provide a fun and engaging disability education package for schools and corporate groups so that we’ll continue to be South Australia’s home of sport for those with physical disabilities.