Earlier today, Wheelchair Sports SA/Disability Recreation and Sports SA announced they had booked a venue for their 50th birthday celebration. It will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre on October 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM local time. Some of the people behind the organizing of this event include Libby Kosmala, and Darryl Judy Wingard.
Wheelchairs Sports SA was created around 50 years ago, and it was initially a subcommittee of Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Association of South Australia. In 1987, the organization was renamed as Australia tried to standardize names of various disability sporting organizations around the country. At that time and until 2012, the organization worked on developing élite sport in the state, and supported a number of very successful Australian Paralympians including Libby Kosmala, Matthew Cowdrey, Rod Farr and Tim Maloney.
The organization faced internal pushback because of its focus on élite sport. In 2012, they changed their name to Disability Recreation and Sport SA from Wheelchair Sports SA and worked on being more inclusive of all levels of sport including the social and recreational level.
Disability Recreation and Sports SA currently has over 500 members, participating in a wide range of sports. Some of the sports supported by the organization include athletics, archery, social and competitive boccia, fencing, golf, equestrian, indoor rowing, lawn bowls, canoe, wheelchair hockey, powerchair football, balloon soccer, sailing, swimming, target shooting, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, ten-pin bowling, and wheelchair rugby.