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DRSSA offers a wide array of sports – competitive and social - for people of all ages and skill levels.


Active Kids




Wheelchair Basketball

Boccia – social & competitive

Controlled Scuba Experience - Immersion Therapy



Hand cycling

Horse Riding

Indoor Rowing

Lawn Bowls

Push & Powered Sports – for electric and manual chair users

Canoe (Kayak)


Wheelchair Rugby (Murderball)



Target Shooting

Table Tennis


Ten Pin Bowling




Active Kids is a program designed for young children with disabilities who use both manual and electric wheelchairs to participate in activities including balloon soccer and hockey. Participants will also receive training including driving and equipment skills in a fun environment and allow participants to learn team work and make new friendships.

The program offers a great opportunity for informal competitive sports play and skills training for all. It will provide a safe social platform to build bonds and friendships in a team environment. Active Kids can also be an avenue for those who want to progress with these sports, both with our local competition Push and Powered Sports Association (PAPSA) and our national competition, National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS).

Location: Goodwood Community Centre

32/34 Rosa St, Goodwood SA 5034

Season: September - March 

Time: Mondays during school terms from 4 - 5:15pm

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533


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This program is open to anyone who wants to try a brand new sport in South Australia. The program invites players with disabilities and able-bodied players.

DRSSA host an 8 week program to introduce the players into the new sport, while teaching them the rules, how to play and develop new skills. The program will host a day competition following the 8 week program.

When: Sundays 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Gym, Hampstead Road

Cost: $5 for DRSSA Members

Who: Anyone who is keen to have a go!

For more information, please contact Michael at




Congratulations to our South Australian Wheelchair Aussie Rules Team on winning the 2018 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship, making them the National Champions THREE years in a row!! Defeating Tasmania 133-86.

"It was a great week representing SA / DRSSA in the Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship at Casey Stadium in Melbourne. Three Championship wins in a row for SA is a great result.

We expected it to be tougher this year having won in 2016 & 2017, we were no doubt the hunted in 2018.

The team was exhausted at the conclusion. 6 games in three days, but we all enjoyed the experience. There was great comradery within our team and with the players from the other teams that played in the Championship." - Chris Simpson Wheelchair AFL Team Member.




An excellent activity for athletes of all ages and abilities and a great social day out for family & friends

Archery is conducted through the Adelaide Archery Club, located on the corner of Bundeys Road & War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide.

Everyone new to archey is required to participate in a 3-week course which is conducted 4 times a year.

Cost: $65 per annum, including course

For further information:

Adelaide Archery Club

P: 8239 0101 (9.00am – 7.00pm, weekdays)


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The athletics program (track & field) is administered through Athletics SA. There are social and competitive activities for people of all ages and abilities with direct pathways available through to State, National, International & Paralympic competitions.

For specific para-athlete information, click HERE.


Athletics SA run a 16 week JUNIOR PARA ATHLETICS WINTER PROGRAM, designed to provide an opportunity for young children (9-17 years of age) with a disability the opportunity to learn about the sport of athletics in a fun and supportive environment. Click HERE for information on the Junior Para Athletics Winter Program.

When: Mondays 4:30pm - 5:30pm, starting May 14th 2018

Where: Athletics SA Stadium, 145 Railway Terrace Mile End, SA 5031

For further information:

Andrew Crawford

Development Manager – Athletics SA

P: 8354 3477


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Wheelchair basketball is lots of fun to play. It’s a great team sport that can help you to build up strength and coordination, learn new skills and make new friends along the way.

There is a place in wheelchair basketball for you as a player, a coach, a referee or official.


Social Basketball runs on Tuesday nights in a Summer/Autumn season & Winter/Spring season. It's open to anyone who is able to push a manual wheelchair can play wheelchair basketball. If you have limitations in running, jumping and pivoting, wheelchair basketball might be the sport for you.

You don’t need to use a wheelchair everyday to be eligible to play and able-bodied people are welcome to play too so bring your parents, family and friends and give it a go!

We are always looking for new players, so if you're thinking about getting involved, definitely contact DRS!

When: Tuesday nights, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Gym, Hampstead Road, Northfield

Costs: $6.00 per game, $2.00 to hire a chair for DRSSA members

To find out more, contact:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533



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DRS manages the Adelaide Thunder, the state team representing SA in the National Wheelchair Basketball League. Check out the Adelaide Thunder Facebook Page to show your support, and find the results from the 2018 season HERE.

2018 is the team's second year back in the NWBL, and their final home games for the season will be held in July:

Game 1 - Friday night at 7:30pm at Prince Alfred College.
Game 2 - Saturday at the Port Adelaide Rec Centre at 4:30pm.
Game 3 - Sunday at the Port Adelaide Rec Centre at 12:00pm.

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Come along to get around the Thunder in some fast-paced, tough, hard, relentless basketball!







Boccia is a bowling game for players of all ability levels (similar to the Italian game of ‘bocce’). It requires concentration, strategy and accuracy rather than strength. Boccia can be played socially at various locations around Adelaide all year round through SCOSA and competitively between October and April through Boccia South Australia. Nationals are held each year in May.

Cost: dependent on age, ability and location

For further information:

Boccia SA



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The Immersion Therapy Program has many benefits including being active while in a weightless environment, it can also be very rewarding socially as most diving people love sharing their stories from around the world and helping others create theirs.  

If you don't think the ocean is for you then that's fine, as Determined2 have developed a fun, safe and exciting way to experience scuba while never leaving the comfort of your local pool. This removes many of the barriers that currently exist.

Determined2 have developed a unique opportunity for people with severe spinal injuries to experience freedom of movement in a weightless environment. D2 have held successful trials with a participant with a c4-c5 complete spinal injury, and several participants with lower complete spinal injuries, with great success. Participants have recorded a high level of both mental and physical stimulation.

Expected outcomes from our program are as follows:

    • Complete weightlessness with freedom of movement
    • Stimulation of muscles otherwise rarely used
    • Mental stimulation
    • Rewarding feeling of accomplishment
    • Connection to community by joining the disability recreation and sports membership group
    • Opportunity to continue multiple session, and even enter into recreational diving
    • Social interaction and inclusion

For further information: 


Peter Wilson

P: 0427 552 296


This program is proudly supported by Clubs SA

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Trott Park Fencing Club has been in operation since 1993 and has been based at the Sheidow Park Primary School gym since 2011. Catering for fencing enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, they are a non-profit, community club who always welcome new members.

Location: Sheidow Park Primary School Gym

21-43 Adams Road, Sheidow Park, enter from Alkira Road. On-site parking at the rear of the school

Time: Wednesday during school terms from 7.00 – 9.00pm

Cost: Annual club membership is $30 for active members and $5 for supporters

For further information:

Trott Park Fencing Club

Call: Jenny - 8322 6598 or Jonathan – 7007 5517


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The No Handicap Golf Club is a fully inclusive golfing group for people with a physical disability. For the total novice, social player of those looking for a bit of tournament action, the No Handicap Gold Club is for you. Even if you don’t know how to play or own any equipment – we’ll be more than happy to teach you.

Location: Adelaide Shores Golf Course

Time: Golf clinics are held fortnightly on Saturdays.

On course days (9 holes) are held bi-monthly on Sundays. 

Cost: Clinics $20.00

Course Days $30.00 (9 holes)

For further information:

Michael Smith at DRSSA

P: 8234 1533


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Cycling was introduced as a Paralympic sport in Seoul in 1988 and is now practised in more than 40 countries. 

Depending on disability classification, riders use a bicycle, tricycle, tandem or handcycle. Para-cycling competitions include road and track events for both men and women, with cyclists grouped together according to disability classification. The main world Para-cycling events include the Paralympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and World Cups.

Within Australia, the National Championships and National Handcycle Series (NHS) are the major Para-cycling events.

In 2013, with the assistance of the Cycling SA Para Cycling Coordinator, Kimberley Conte, Cycling SA added Para Cyclist classifications to its State Titles for the first time.

DRSSA coordinates social rides on a regular basis (weather permitting) at various locations around Adelaide.

For further information:

Michael at DRSSA

P: 8234 1533


DRSSA hires hand cycles to members for a small fee.

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All our horsey activities are conducted by Riding for the Disabled Association SA Inc. RDASA is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation providing horse riding and related activities as sport, active recreation and basic therapy for people with disabilities.

Through horse riding at RDA SA, people of all ages can enjoy a safe, stimulating and healthy activity.

Location: various locations throughout Adelaide & South Australia

Cost: depends on age & activity

For further information:

Riding for the Disabled SA Inc

215 Portrush Road, Maylands

P: 8331 1833



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Rowing SA have developed a program for people with a disability to learn rowing at their indoor training facility at West Lakes. With a big screen that can track your progress and simulate race conditions – you can even race against your friends – this is a great way to learn the art of rowing and sculling before venturing out on the water.

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533


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The DRSSA Lawn Bowls program is conducted every Monday afternoon during the Lawn Bowls season at Clearview Bowling Club, Gordon Avenue, Clearview (just off Hampstead Road).

The club was founded in 1963 and offers mixed bowling for over 260 members plus another 150 ‘Night Owlers’ who enjoy the evening social events ‘Get On The Green’ competition over Summer.

The club is also renowned for it’s support of people with a disability having been selected as the host for National & International events for those qualified under the Multi-Disability Code.

Location: Clearview Bowling Club

Gordon Road, Clearview

Cost: Free

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533


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PAP Sports are ideal for people in electric wheelchairs. Three team sports are offered - hockey, touch football, balloon soccer.

Powerchair Football is one of the fastest growing sports for people with a disability in the world with over 40 countries competing at the highest level. It is hoped that PAP Soccer will become a Paralympic sport in Japan in 2020.

Location: St Paul’s College

792 Grand Junction Road, Gilles Plains

Season: September - March 

Time: Mondays during school terms from 6.30 – 8.30pm

Cost: $25.00 per season

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533


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Sharing many similarities with the sport in general, para canoe incorporates both the canoe and kayak disciplines, providing people with a physical or intellectual disability with the opportunity to enjoy the sport at a club, regional and national level and for physical disabilities to international level.

At the grass roots level the craft and paddles may be same, however modifications can be utilised where necessary to enhance each person's ability to participate. At the recreational level, there are options of single craft and doubles craft, however singles craft are currently the only option in international competition.

For the Athletes

Canoe South Australia are looking to find the next wave of Para-Canoe champions. Para-Canoe will make it's first Paralympic appearance this year in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and Australian athletes Curtis McGrath and Amanda Reynolds have a great chance of brining home gold! We are looking for new athletes to follow in their 'wake' and represent Australia in the 2020 Tokyo games. Currently Canoe SA have a squad of Para-Canoe athletes who train Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For Recreation

Canoe South Australia also have options for those just looking to have fun and meet new people. There are recreational sessions run by Canoe SA and a team of volunteers from Aquatic Reserve, West Lakes. These sessions provide an opportunity to try canoeing, learn some new skills and meet others who are interested in the sport. Recreational sessions are generally run from 10-11:30am most Sundays.


Location: West Lakes Canoe Club

Aquatic Reserve, Bower Road, West Lakes

For further information:

Canoe SA

Nick Bulmer - State Development Coach and Program Coordinator

P: 8240 3294 or 0481 463 711








Para-Rowing provides athletes with a physical or intellectual impairment the opportunity to be active on the water, get involved in a fun and friendly club environment, and participate in a variety of competitions from club regattas through state and national championships to world championships and Paralympic Games. The sport can cater for athletes with a variety of impairments. Please refer to the Classification page for general information about classification and the three sport classes. (Rowing Australia)

Torrens Rowing Club offers a para-athlete program catering for beginners through to those who want to excel in the sport of rowing.
Sessions are held at West Lakes:
Monday 9:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday 6:00am – 7:30am (ergos)
Thursday 5:30am – 7:30am
Saturday 7:00am – 9:00am

To join contact Ben Flannagan or 0408 845 136



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Wheelchair rugby is an intense, physical team sport for male and female athletes with spinal cord or nerve damage (quadriplegia or tetraplegia). The sport can be very physical as athletes attempt to carry the ball over the opponent's goal line.

The four players on the court cannot exceed a combined total of 8 points. A volleyball is used and it can be carried, dribbled, or passed in any way except by kicking. The ball must be bounced at least once every 10 seconds and rugby is played in eight-minute quarters.

The players are classified according to their level of functional ability and are assigned a point value from 0.5 to 3.5 points – the higher the points, the more functional ability the athletes have.

Australia were the Gold Medalists at the 2012 London Paralympic Games – their first Gold in the sport since its inclusion at Paralympic level at Sydney 2000.

The South Australian team – The Sharks – compete in the national championships.

Location: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Gym

Hampstead Road, Hampstead Gardens

Times: Wednesdays, 5.00 – 7.00pm (social & competition training)

Cost: Free, including coaching & the use of rugby chairs

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533


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Sailability World Inc. operates in numerous countries throughout the world, through activities at 350 local Sailability clubs. Sailability is a "not for profit", volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Launched in Australia in 1991, Sailability activities cover a broad spectrum, ranging from recreation, therapeutic and competitive activities, from grass-root, entry level through to elite World Championships and Paralympic training.

Location: various around SA including Port Lincoln & Goolwa

For further information:

Sailability SA

John Johnston

P: 8410 2117 or 0417 813 188



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Swimming SA was first established as the South Australian Amateur Swimming Association in 1898 as an Incorporated Association and is the peak body for competitive swimming in South Australia.

For many years Swimming SA has been committed to addressing the needs of people with disability in the sport. This includes what happens in the pool, out of the pool and how we operate. Working in cooperation with its stakeholders and Swimming Australia we aim to make inclusion simply part of what we do.

Location & times: various across South Australia

Cost: various depending on club & activity

For further information:

Luke Curtis

Cowdrey Squad Head Coach

P: 8332 1136






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Like many other sports, most people do target shooting for fun, and our members range in age from about 10 through to over 70 years.  Some members are simply, "social shooters" and will compete at whatever level they feel comfortable. For this reason, many of our competitions are graded, or handicapped.

The sport has a number of disciplines, the International disciplines of Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle Prone, and Smallbore Rifle Three Position, and more recently we have also been including events for Benchrest competition and Sporting Rifles that are now starting to become popular amongst our membership. 

Events for people with a physical disability are also strongly contested up to the Paralympic level.

Coaching is available at no cost to any member in our sport. In South Australia we have a well equipped State Range where coaches are prepared to assist anyone almost any weekend, a variety of clubs in the country and metropolitan areas most of which have accredited coaches and equipment for beginners to use.

Location: Target Rifle SA

132 Wingfield Road, Wingfield

Times: Fridays from 5:00pm

Cost: $6.00 per session


For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533





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Two table tennis clubs in Adelaide offer programs for people with disabilities; Brighton and Woodville.


Brighton's Clubrooms consist of 7 International standard, individual courts complete with umpiring desks and great viewing facilities. They also have a small canteen and outside Barbeque courtyard area. The clubrooms are fully wheelchair friendly with no steps and access toilet facilities.

We are one of the largest metropolitan clubs in Adelaide and is one of the few that can boast competitive teams right through every grade of competition. We are the only Adelaide suburban club that fielded a team in the National Table Tennis League, which featured the best players in Australia during it's existence in the 1990's. Brighton has had great success, winning the best club award on many occasions and taking out the coveted State League Premiership as recently as 2008.


Woodville Districts Table Tennis is the largest table tennis club in Adelaide with 12 individual courts available for competition and practice. The club provides for all types of players including several senior groups, juniors, social players, competition players and athletes with disabilities.

Woodville currently has four of its members in the Table Tennis Australia Paralympic Preparation Squad. These players have a range of disabilities including a wheelchair athlete, physical disabilities and one athlete with an intellectual disability. One of these players has been selected in the Australian Paralympic Team and is heading for Rio in 2016.

Woodville's 12 courts are fully wheelchair friendly - the clubrooms themselves have accessible toilets, TV and lounge area, a canteen and a large shed forming part of the clubrooms for undercover BBQs. Access is via a ramp.

Head to for details of when the club is open for practice.


For further information:

Brighton Table Tennis Club

Joe Hoad

P: 8296 0882 or Joe: 0403 161 844

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David Lowe (President)

P: 0422 915 965





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From social play, coaching, mini circuits and tournaments leading to the potential of representing your country at World Championships and the Paralympics, there’s an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities.

The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able-bodied family and friends as well as other wheelchair players. Under the rules of tennis the wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one, but when you are practising you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players on the court.

When you start playing you do not require a sports wheelchair. You can play in a day chair. You may wish to strap yourself into the chair to improve your stability. Straps can be used around the waist, knees and ankles, depending on the players balance.

Tennis SA is the governing body of tennis within South Australia. Our aim is to provide the best opportunity for all people who wish to enjoy the game of tennis either competitively or socially in South Australia.

Tennis SA has sports wheelchairs available to borrow or hire.

Location: Broadview Tennis Club

Myponga Terrace, Broadview

Times: Sunday mornings 9.00am – 10.00am

Cost: Free

For further information:

Broadview Tennis Club

Martin Richards

P: 0412 099 030


Michael Smith at DRSSA

P: 8234 1533



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P: 7224 8100





Your local bowling centre runs programs where you can learn to bowl, with experienced coaches and participate in leagues with bowlers of all abilities. By nature, the sport is easily adaptable. This is can be done by using adapted equipment including gutter rails, balls with handles, ramps and rails for the blind and vision impaired participants.

Tenpin Bowling SA has an easily to follow participation pathway that provides opportunities for new bowlers and bowlers who have the ability to represent their State and Australia at National and International events.

For further information:

Michael Smith


P: 8234 1533



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