Panel to discuss disability sport and recreation in COVID-19

The panel will feature a discussion that focuses on what the rebuild of disability sport and recreation may look like in Victoria and what role sporting organisations can play in this new, post-COVID world.

The discussion will be hosted by diversity and inclusion specialist, Rana Hussain, and features lived experience of disability.

Our speakers:

  • Matthew Haanappel – Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Active Monash
  • Ned Brewer-Maiga – Community Assistant – Social Inclusion, Hawthorn Football Club
  • Sarah Anderson – Chair, Disability Sport & Recreation
  • Libby Mears – CEO, Leisure Network

Attendees will learn how their organisation can support people with disability to actively engage with sport and recreation in 2021, with practical strategies and examples on how to do this.

After a challenging year, DSR CEO Richard Amon said it would be refreshing to look at how the sector can collectively work together to get more people with disability physically active in 2021.

“We’ve all had the experience of missing out on community sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. People with disability, however, are particularly at risk of being left behind in the return to sport.

“It is up to us to work together to remove the barriers that prevent participation.

“We have worked with our partners to develop a range of resources that support organisations who work in the sport and recreation sector to meaningfully engage people with disability and change the narrative moving forward.

“This is even more timely given that 2021 is a Paralympics year. We hope this panel discussion will get you thinking outside the box about how you can create a better future for all Victorians.”

VicHealth Physical Activity and Sport Manager, Chris Lacey, said sporting organisations will play a key role in supporting people with disability to reconnect with their community in the coronavirus recovery.

“It’s been great to support Disability Sport & Recreation to bring this expert panel together,” he said.

“This panel will provide sporting organisations with practical information and examples on how to ensure Victorians with disability can participate in sport and physical activity in 2021 and into the future.”

This panel is presented as the first session of the 2020 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival – a unique community event that promotes and celebrates physically active lifestyles for people with disability.

This year the festival is going virtual – with interactive sessions, videos, Q&As and special panels all aimed at engaging people with disability and those who support them.

We encourage everyone that attends the panel discussion to stay on the festival platform and watch the official opening speeches, including a message from Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO VicHealth.

This panel is free to attend but registration is required to access the festival platform.

Register now to access the festival and attend the panel

When: Friday 11 December 2020

Time: 8:00am – 8:50am

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