Sunrise Medical on WIN News

Sunrise Medical on WIN News

25/09/2020

Recently, WIN News Shepparton produced a story on our delivery of wheelchairs to the Rolla Gators (a Wheelchair Basketball Club from Victoria), this was through our wonderful partnership with Paralympics Australia! 

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Hannah Dodd’s Journey

Hannah Dodd’s Journey

16/09/2020

Through the lens of her dual-sporting ventures, Hannah Dodd gave her perspective on young athletes starting out in wheelchair sports, dealing with the NDIS and gaining access to her first wheelchair.She also spoke about the impact of COVID on her training and preparation for the recently postponed 2021 Paralympic Games.

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Adventure Sports for People with Disabilities

Adventure Sports for People with Disabilities

17/02/2020

Adventure sports are a lot of fun, but people with disability usually assume that they are inaccessible. While many adventure sports do pose access challenges, there are a number of adapted adventures sports and providers available that help make adventure sports accessible.  

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Importance of Adapted Cycling to Disabled Individuals

Importance of Adapted Cycling to Disabled Individuals

2/09/2019

Adapted cycling makes the hobby of cycling accessible to all people regardless of the challenges they face in the world. There are various disability cycles which suit different people with health, physical and learning disabilities. There are several cycling bikes which are modifiable to suit your disability requirements.

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Adapted Golf: A Sport “Fore” Everyone

Adapted Golf: A Sport “Fore” Everyone

18/12/2018

Golf is a wonderfully social sport for people of virtually all ages and physical abilities. One of the core aspects of the sport is its unique handicapping system, which is a calculated measure of players' individual abilities to compete on equitable terms. This system has, in turn, leant itself to the development of adapted golf for players with disabilities.

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Competitive Wheelchair Tennis in Australia

Competitive Wheelchair Tennis in Australia

4/07/2018

Tennis is a beloved sport in Australia, both as a hobby and on the professional circuit. Our prestigious national competitions, such as the Australian Open, draw crowds of avid tennis enthusiasts and casual fans alike to celebrate the successes of the Australian sporting community.According to Tennis Australia, athletes are allowed two bounces of the ball, but otherwise, the game remains much the same as its non-adapted counterpart. The vast majority of our national tennis competitions now include adapted categories, but there is also an entire wheelchair tennis circuit of its own in Australia.

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Adapted Swimming: a Celebrated Sport

Adapted Swimming: a Celebrated Sport

5/06/2018

Adapted swimming is a versatile sport which boasts a variety of therapeutic benefits for people with disabilities. With a few small changes, pools can be made accessible to allow swimmers from all walks of life to take part in an all-body workout with little to no strain, impact, or pain.

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Finding the Right Sports Wheelchair or Hand Bike

Finding the Right Sports Wheelchair or Hand Bike

16/05/2018

Wheelchairs are a doorway to the world of adaptive sports and fitness for many people with disabilities, and just like any other athletic gear, individual sporting disciplines demand specific features. For this reason, many sports-focused wheelchairs can be personally-tailored to suit the individual and the activity. Such adaptations can include making wheelchairs lighter and more aerodynamic for speed, reinforcing frames for stability, and even adding attachmentswith which to carry sporting accessories.

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Tools of an Active Life: Hand Bikes

Tools of an Active Life: Hand Bikes

20/02/2018

Adapted bikes are a great way to expose people with disabilities to new forms of recreation, exercise, and travel. There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to adapted hand bikes, making it easy for you to choose a model that is suited to your age, fitness and level of ability. Moreover, the four main classes of hand bike – leisure, recreational, competitive sporting, and foot-operated – offer even more options to customise functions and adaptions.

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Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games

4/12/2017

The upcoming Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. With more than 6600 athletes from over 70 commonwealth nations and territories expected to take part in the contest, the event will be the largest since the formation of the competition.

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How to Play Wheelchair Basketball

How to Play Wheelchair Basketball

14/11/2017

Wheelchair basketball – widely regarded as one of the most beneficialrecreational activities for people with disabilities – is quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular adapted sport. The adapted sport’s popularity is supported by the fact that 75 countries have now established dedicated wheelchair basketball leagues and competitions.

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Sitting Volleyball in Australia

Sitting Volleyball in Australia

17/10/2017

Sitting volleyball was first introduced as a demonstration in the 1976 Toronto Paralympics Games having originated in The Netherlands in 1956. Four years later, The Netherlands introduced it as a competitive sport and it has since gained popularity in over 60 countries worldwide including Australia.As a version of the original 'standing’ volleyball, sitting volleyball is an energetic sport for people with or without physical disabilities. It is classified into two degrees of disabilities, disabled and minimum disability. The court is much smaller than the standing volleyball court measuring 6m x 10m with lowered nets – 1.15m for men and 1.05m for women. 

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Do you Know the 22 Adapted Summer Sports in The Paralympic Games?

Do you Know the 22 Adapted Summer Sports in The Paralympic Games?

4/10/2017

The Paralympic Games, widely regarded as the biggest sporting competitionfor people withdisabilities, currently coordinates and organises professional competitions in 22 adapted sporting disciplines. In 2012, the sporting list in the London Paralympic Games was supplemented with horse riding, cycling, rowing, archery, table tennis and sailing. The diverse array of adapted sports grew again in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, where para-triathlon and canoeing were added to the program. 

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Wheelchair Rugby - Not for The Faint of Heart

Wheelchair Rugby - Not for The Faint of Heart

31/08/2017

Wheelchair Rugby – conceived by some courageous men in the 70’s with a basketball and a trash can - was once called Murder Ball.Watching a game, you soon wonder why they changed the name - as specially designed wheelchairs smash into one another. Contact is common and strong.

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Electric Wheelchair Hockey

Electric Wheelchair Hockey

26/07/2017

Electric Wheelchair Hockey is a fast moving and dynamic adapted sport. It’s commonly known as “Power Hockey” so if you’re curious and want to learn more about Electric Wheelchair Hockey continue reading!Electric Wheelchair Hockey was first started in 1970. It has since become an internationally known sport with a future goal for it to become a Paralympic Sport. Electric Wheelchair Hockey is played on a wooden court with the aim of the game to get the ball across the other team’s goal line.

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10 Adapted Sports To Keep You Fit and Healthy

10 Adapted Sports To Keep You Fit and Healthy

10/07/2017

Playing sport gives the body much needed exercise, as well as having a positive effect on mental and emotional development to greatly increase life quality. The increased number of formal and specific associations, federations and regulations for adapted sports make them more appealing to people with disabilities.There is now more access to adapted sports from a beginner level to international competitions. Adapted sports can be played for recreational, competitive, therapeutic or for high performance competition purposes.

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