Category: Promotion

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Introducing Powerchair Sports Victoria

Introducing the newest chapter in our journey, Powerchair Sports Victoria. For the past 30 years, we have been known as Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA). We as an organisation have been built from the passionate, committed and wonderful work of our players, parents and supporters since the late 1970’s.

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Our clear focus has always been on providing sport and recreational opportunities to people who use a powerchair for mobility and since our inception, we have done that and much more.

Powerchair Sports Victoria reflects our ambition of being seen and recognised as the peak sporting body for all powerchair sports. We recognise the strong growth of powerchair sports across the world and we are inspired to spread awareness and the opportunities our sports bring.

Over the past several years we have seen a rapid rise in popularity and professionalism of both Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey in Victoria and Australia. We have partnered with two professional sporting clubs to help establish Powerchair Football in Victoria. We have also introduced two new Powerchair Hockey teams to the market who have developed a healthy rivalry. Our representative teams have competed both at home and interstate in various competitions, giving our players the platform to play sports at a high level and this will only continue to grow. We have also seen some of our players in the past few years represent Australia in various events. Our future ambitions look toward creating a junior program which gives young athletes a pathway into the sports we love. Our adventure doesn’t end there as we continue to explore new sports and programs to ensure all people involved are included.

A new name and a new logo, yet we are certainly the same organisation we have always been, an organisation for the players, an organisation that strives to empower our members, not only through sport but through a strong and unified community.

Our journey has never changed, and it never will. Our goals are to increase participation and make our sports inclusive and accessible for everyone to participate in, whether it be socially or competitively. We as an organisation must push for change, provide vision for the future and collaborate with organisations from across Victoria and interstate to bring powerchair sports and our athletes the recognition and success they deserve.

We are very excited to share this new journey with you and we are extremely proud of the work we have done over the past year.

Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Festival 2019!

VEWSA is returning to the VDSR Festival for 2019!

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival offers Victorians with, and without, disability the opportunity to explore and experience accessible and inclusive sport and recreation through hands-on activities and information sharing.

Featuring over 30 exhibitors and three activity zones, you can come and try different inclusive sport and recreational activities and learn about programs you can get involved with in your community.

Find out who’s exhibiting at the festival and what activities will be available: https://dsr.org.au/exhibitors-activities/

Find out how to get to the festival: https://dsr.org.au/getting-to-the-festival/
We encourage everyone to use public transport, if possible, to get to the festival.

Accessibility at the festival: https://dsr.org.au/accessibility-at-the-festival/

Come and celebrate International Day of People with Disability by getting active!

When: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Crown Riverwalk, Southbank (between Queensbridge Street and Rockpool Bar & Grill)

Icon Sports Partner with Melbourne Ducks

Apparel company Icon Sports and Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team have have agreed on a partnership, which will see Icon Sports supply Melbourne Ducks with team gear.

“Icon Sports are thrilled to become the official apparel supplier of the Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team. The Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team compete in the VEWSA Powerchair Premier League competition and were the first team formed earlier this year. We are excited to support such a wonderful team and their all abilities program.”

“Melbourne Ducks is committed to bringing powerchair and all-abilities hockey to Victorian communities and helping grow and develop the sport in Australia. Our new partnership with Icon Sports enables us to further promote our sport, while making sure the team looks great on the court. This is a huge step forward in making sure our athletes, feel like athletes, are seen as athletes and feel like a genuine sporting team.” said Melbourne Ducks Coach, Luke David.

Melbourne Ducks 2019/20 jerseys will be released in the coming weeks!

THINK . BELIEVE . BECOME

Introducing Powerchair Hockey in Victoria

Introduction

Powerchair Hockey is a modified version of Ice Hockey for electric wheelchair users. It is commonly known as “Power Hockey”. The sport is played on an indoor basketball court. There are two teams of five players.

The game was birthed in Europe by accident in the 1970’s when schools began offering sports lessons to students in wheelchairs. Inspired by able-bodied hockey, the students picked up sticks and started hitting a light, plastic ball. Soon this recreational activity became institutionalised and is now an official international sport.

The governing national body for Powerchair Hockey is the Australian Powerchair Hockey Association (APCHA). Powerchair Hockey has been played in New South Wales since the late 1990’s and for some time in Queensland in the early 2000’s. Victoria’s history with electric wheelchair Hockey has focused more on field Hockey but have participated in Powerchair Hockey at Albury Weekends run by both organiations in NSW and VIC. 2017 will see Powerchair Hockey officially introduced as a sport in Victoria’s Winter Season competition. APCHA are responsible for Australia’s participation in international competitions.

Australia first competed in the 2004 World Cup Hockey Competition, in Helsinki. The Australian team was ranked 8th at the 2014 Electric Wheelchair Championship held in Munich, Germany. The game is gaining international recognition and a growing network of athletes and fans.

It is expected that Powerchair Hockey will replace the current National form of Hockey at the National Electric Wheelchair Sports event in the near future.

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Photo credit: http://www.pbase.com/wrs864/australian_powerchair_hockey_nsw_20162017

How to PLAY Powerchair Hockey

Powerchair Hockey follows traditional Ice Hockey rules. However, it is modified to enable play by athletes who use electric wheelchairs for everyday mobility. Players use light-weight hockey sticks or plastic T-Sticks that are mounted onto their footplate to hit a plastic ball.

Players are allocated one of five positions:

  1. Centre
  2. Goaltender
  3. Left Winger
  4. Right Winger
  5. Defencemen

They can alternate positions during the game, provided there are five players on court at all times.  The objective is to score a goal by hitting the ball across the opposition’s goal line. The game is won by the team who scores the most goals.

Basic Rules of Powerchair Hockey

Please click here to download the Rule Book from www.powerchairhockey.org.

Who can play Powerchair Hockey

Impairment Type

To be eligible to play Powerchair Hockey the athlete must use an electric wheelchair for daily mobility. Participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, hand trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

Classification

Each athlete is classified based on their physical disability. Classification is done through functionality tests designed to assess the athlete’s upper body range movements and their aptitude with the chair.

Tests:

  1. Is the T-stick or foot stick fastened to the chair?
  2. Hitting a moving ball as hard as possible from the stick side of the wheelchair while driving the wheelchair. Same from the opposite side of the wheelchair.
  3. Pushing the ball with forehand by performing a slalom on high speed around cones. Same with backhand.
  4. Hitting the top of cones while driving the wheelchair between two lanes of cones. Same with hitting the basis of the cones.

From these tests, classifiers group athletes into one of four classes. Each player is given points based on their classification.

There are 4 classes:

Class 1 (1 point)

  • Fastened T-stick or foot stick

 Class 2 (2 points)

  • Able to use stick on 1 side of the wheelchair only
  • Unable to lift the stick or able to lift the stick till sitting height (top of the seat/cushion).
  • Problem on both sides of the wheelchair
  • Weak back/forehand
  • No steering limitation
  • Limitation in using hand stick with driving power and fully maneuvering

 Class 3 (3 points)

  • Able to use stick on 1 side of the wheelchair only
  • Able to lift the stick above sitting height (top of the seat/cushion)
  • Problem at one side of the wheelchair
  • Problem with backhand
  • No hitting limitation
  • Limitation in trunk movement

Class 4 (4 points)

  • Able to use the stick on at least 2 sides of the wheelchair
  • Able to move the stick from the stick side of the wheelchair to the opposite side of the wheelchair and vice-versa
  • Able to play from forehand to backhand
  • No hitting limitation

No complete limitation in trunk

Each team is allowed five players on court with a total of 11 points. Penalties apply for teams that exceed 11 points.

Get Involved

Powerchair Hockey is a competitive, high intensity sport that physically empowers people with a disability. It is a fast-paced, tactical game and thus an excellent spectator’s sport. Australia is slowly climbing the world ladder.

To find out more: info@vewsa.org.au

Where Is it Played

The sport will be played at the Aquahub in Croydon.

Become a Volunteer

Powerchair Hockey is a new sport and relies heavily on the work of its dedicated volunteers. Volunteering is fun, easy and extremely flexible. Spend a couple of hours operating an electrifying event and make an athlete’s dream come true!

To volunteer please contact us at volunteer@vewsa.org.au

Videos

Video Gallery from IPCH Powerchair Hockey Youtube channel.

Resources

Operational Guidelines

Ball Drawing Diagram

Goal Diagram

T-Stick Diagram

Playing Area Diagram

Disability Sport & Recreation Festival 2016!

The 2016 Disability Sport & Recreation Festival is back, and it’ll be even better than ever before with a new location, Crown Riverwalk!

VEWSA will be at the festival on Crown Riverwalk on Friday 2 December from 10am to 3pm.

So, join us on the banks of the Yarra at the biggest free, community event of its kind to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

Learn all about how to introduce more exercise into your life and what accessible and inclusive sport and recreation choices are open to you. It’s the perfect opportunity to come and try a new activity and make new friends.

This family-friendly day features activities for all ages and abilities, as well as give-aways, and the popular Wheelchair Basketball Corporate Challenge starring sporting legends and Paralympians.

So come on down and have some fun, we look forward to seeing you!

Date: Friday 2 December 2016
Time: 10am-3pm
Where: Crown Riverwalk, Southbank Melbourne
Cost: FREE

For more information, go to the official Festival website http://www.dsrf.org.au/ or search #DSRF2016 on Twitter.

Any questions? Contact Disability Sport & Recreation on (03) 9473 0133 or info@dsr.org.au.

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DSR Festival 2015

Open Day 2016/17

This Open Day is a great opportunity for new players to have a go, have some fun and see what our sports have to offer! The summer season consists of three sports – Hockey, Balloon Soccer and Rugby League. These sports were specifically designed for electric wheelchair users and is open to anyone who uses an electric wheelchair. Beginners and spectators always welcome!

 

Hockey

Broadly based on field hockey rules, but played with either a: Light-weight plastic Unihoc stick or Plastic ‘T’ bar fitted to the wheelchair as well as using a light-weight Unihoc ball.

Rules: http://vewsa.com.au/files/rules/Hockey%20Rules%20-%202013.pdf

 

Balloon Soccer

Score goals by hitting a large balloon with your head or wheelchair.

Rules: http://vewsa.com.au/files/rules/Balloon%20Soccer%20Rules%20-%202013.pdf

 

Rugby League

A tennis ball is used to commence play and to convert a TRY into a GOAL. The game is played by imagining the flight of a ball between numbered players who call the number of their team mate who is intended to receive the ‘ball’, subject to ‘Tackles’ by opposing players.

Rules: http://vewsa.com.au/files/rules/Rugby%20Rules%20-%202013.pdf

 

VEWSA aims to provide a social but competitive experience for all players. Players, volunteers and general members can register on the day.

For more information, please contact: info@vewsa.org.au