FOLLOWING the recent opening of the Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre, Wheelchair Sports NSW (WS NSW) is now providing a weekly wheelchair basketball sessions.
WS NSW, formed in 1961, is a charitable organisation with a mission to enrich the lives of people living with a disability through participation in sport.
Their programs are specifically designed to cater for people living with disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, paraplegia and quadriplegia as well as long term injuries.
But their vision is everyone in NSW can enjoy the benefits of sport alongside each other, so all programs are open to the entire community.
"Wheelchair basketball is the sport we deliver that probably has the biggest social impact for our members and builds a sense of community," WS NSW southern sports development officer, Todd Parker, said.
"It's obviously good for the player's physical health but, being a team sport, it's also great for mental and social health.
"There is also a very clear development pathway for players that want to progress to a competitive level.
"We've been looking to increase our presence south of the Illawarra and with this brilliant new facility the opportunity was there for us."
Shoalhaven wheelchair basketball is on Monday nights from 6-8pm on the John Martin Court, at Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre.