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Waterford SportsAbility Weekend 2019

Published: March 20, 2019

Following the success of our inaugural SportsAbility Day in 2018, Waterford SportsAbility Forum, in conjunction with WIT Arena, will host a Sportsability Weekend in 2019 . . .

Friday 26th April | 6-9pm @ WIT ARENA
SEMINAR EVENING

6 to 7pm Questions/Answers with panel including Parents and Athletes
7 to 8pm Importance of Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility
(Facilitated by Waterford Warriors Strength & Conditioning)
8 to 9pm Keynote Speaker

FREE EVENT | BOOK HERE NOW!

Saturday 27th April | 11am-2pm @ WIT ARENA
COME & TRY IT/INFORMATION DAY

REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS, LEISURE FACILITIES & DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS WILL BE ON HAND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION, SUPPORT & ADVICE.

This event is suitable for people with a disability of all ages, their families, parents, teachers, sports coaches, youth club leaders and anyone interested in sport.

FREE EVENT | BOOK HERE NOW!

 

Disability Calendar 2019

Published: December 7, 2018
 Date /Time /Location Description/Cost/Bookings 

WALK FOR LIFE

Tuesday 19th February  @ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas.
Meeting at the Workhouse Car Park
PAN Disability
Walk for Life is back this September – Waterford Sports Partnership is hosting a series of walks for people with a disability,

all which are fully accessible but be sure to check out the details before travelling.
The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.
€3pp (includes tea/coffee & scone). Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below) o
r Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385
Tuesday 26th February @ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Bilberry.
Meeting at Bilberry Car Park.
Tuesday 5th March @ 10.30am
Mount Congreve.
Meeting at Mount Congreve Car Park
Tuesday 12th March @ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Dungarvan.
Meeting at the fountain in Walton Park, Abbeyside.

BOCCIA

Wednesday 16th January
11am – 12.30pm
WIT Arena
Pan Disability
Boccia is a target ball game similar to bowls or petanque. Boccia is ideal for mixed ability participants. Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. All events are mixed gender. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls — coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack.€2pp Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below) o
r Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385
Wednesday 13th February
11am -12.30pm
WIT Arena
Wednesday 13th March
11am – 12.30pm
WIT Arena
Wednesday 17th April
11am – 12.30pm
WIT Arena

KICK TO RECOVERY – SOCCER

 Wednesday 27th February to
Wednesday 3rd April (6 week block)11am – 12pm Kingfisher Club Waterford
People in Mental Health Services
We are working in partnership with the FAI to deliver a six week block of soccer for participants in mental health services. Participants will have the opportunity to experience 60 minutes of quality soccer training instruction provided by an experienced FAI coach.
€3pp Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline  (Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385

SOCIAL SOCCER

 Thursday 31st January
Thursday 28th February
Thursday 28th March
Thursday 25
th April
1-2pm Dungarvan Sports Centre
PAN Disability
Social soccer offers something for all participants. Two groups will be formed based on the participants’ ability. Those with mild to moderate disabilities take part in a competitive match on the astro pitch and those with moderate – severe take part in fun activities and games.€3pp Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385

NEW! TAG RUGBY

Wednesday 23rd January
2.30-3.30pm
Dungarvan Sports Centre
Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability

 We are working in partnership with Munster Rugby to roll out Monthly tag Rugby Sessions for adults with a mild intellectual disability. Tag rugby is a
non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches.

€3pp

Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385 

 

Wednesday 20th February
2.30 – 3.30pm
Dungarvan Sports Centre
Wednesday 20th March
2.30-3.30pm
Dungarvan Sports Centre
Wednesday 24th April
2.30-3.30pm
Dungarvan Sports Centre

EASTER ACTIVITY CAMP

 Waterford City
Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th April
(3 Day Camp)
10am – 2pm
Carrickphierish Sports Hub
Children with a physical disability and siblings

We will run a camp for children aged (5 to 18 years) with a physical disability and their siblings. Participants will have an opportunity to try a variety of sports over the three days.

Booking essential | Places are limited
Please contact Pauline on 076 110 2682

 

SportsAbility Weekend 2019

 Following the success of our inaugural SportsAbility Day in 2018, Waterford SportsAbility Forum, in conjunction with WIT Arena, will host a SportsAbility Weekend in 2019. FREE EVENT
More details coming soon!
 

Contact Pauline Casey our Sports Inclusion Disability Officer
by phone on 0761 10 2682 or by email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Walk for Life 2019

Published: December 4, 2018

We host our Walk for Life series regularly throughout the year, typically in Autumn, Spring & Summer. Each series consists of four accessible walks for over 50’s and people with a disability.

The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.

WALK FOR LIFE | SPRING 2019

Walk for Life is back this Spring – Waterford Sports Partnership is hosting a series of walks for over 50’s and people with a disability, all which are fully accessible but be sure to check out the details before travelling.

The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.

Tuesday 19th February @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas.
Meeting at the Workhouse Car Park

Tuesday 26th February
@ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Bilberry.
Meeting at Bilberry Car Park.

Tuesday 5th March
@ 10.30am Mount Congreve.
Meeting at  Mount Congreve Car Park.

Tuesday 12th March
@ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Dungarvan.
Meeting at the fountain in Walton Park.


Cost:
€3pp (includes tea/coffee& scone)

Booking Essential:
Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 or Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385

For more information please contact:
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
or
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

NEW! Tag Rugby

Published: December 4, 2018

We are working in partnership with Munster Rugby to roll out Monthly tag Rugby Sessions for adults with a mild intellectual disability. Tag rugby is a non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches

Tag Rugby 2019 @ Dungarvan Sports Centre

Wednesday 23rd January | 2.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 20th February | 2.30 -3.30pm
Wednesday 20th March | 2.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 24th April |2.30-3.30pm

Cost:
€3 per person | Booking Essential!

If you or your organisation is interested in taking part please contact:
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Handcycles available on loan!

Published: December 3, 2018

A handcycle is a type of human powered land vehicle powered by the arms rather than the legs, as on a bicycle.

Waterford Sports Partnership has handcycles that are available to the public on loan.

For more information please contact Pauline on 076 110 2682
or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

VI Soccer

Published: November 29, 2018

On Wednesday 21st November Waterford Sports Partnership in conjunction with the FAI ran a Come and Try it VI Soccer Session. VI Soccer is targeted at children and adults with a visual impairment. The sixty minute session was held in WIT with Nick Harrison (FAI Inclusion Officer).  The session went extremely well with participants having the opportunity to improve their dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control skills. Participants also had an opportunity to experience some game time in a fun and safe environment. WSP and the FAI will be running more VI soccer Sessions in 2019 and we look forward to more new members joining us.

If you are interested in taking part in VI Soccer, please contact
Pauline on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Disability What’s On | 2019

Published: November 19, 2018
ACTIVITYDate/Time DescriptionCost/Booking/Location
WALK FOR LIFE 2019PAN Disability | Walk for Life is back this September - Waterford Sports Partnership is hosting a series of walks for people with a disability, all which are fully accessible but be sure to check out the details before travelling. The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.€3pp (includes tea/coffee & scone).

Booking Essential

Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385
Tuesday 19th February @ 10.30am Waterford Greenway Workhouse Car Park Kilmacthomas
Tuesday 26th February @ 10.30amWaterford Greenway Car Park Bilberry
Tuesday 5th March @ 10.30amWaterford Greenway Car Park Kiloteran
Tuesday 12th March @ 10.30amWaterford Greenway Dungarvan meeting at fountain in Walton Park
BOCCIAPan Disability | Boccia is a target ball game similar to bowls or petanque. Boccia is ideal for mixed ability participants. Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. All events are mixed gender. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls— coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack.€2pp

Booking Essential

Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385
Wednesday 16th January 11am – 12.30pmCill Barra Sports Centre
Wednesday 13th February 11am -12.30pmCill Barra Sports Centre
Wednesday 13th March 11am – 12.30pmCill Barra Sports Centre
Wednesday 17th April 11am – 12.30pmCill Barra Sports Centre
KICK TO RECOVERY | SOCCER
Wednesday 20th March to Wednesday 1st May (8 week block) 11am – 12pm Kingfisher Club WaterfordPeople in Mental Health Services We are working in partnership with the FAI to deliver an eight week block of soccer for participants in mental health services. Participants will have the opportunity to experience 60 minutes of quality soccer training instruction provided by an experienced FAI€3pp

Booking Essential

Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385
SOCIAL SOCCERPAN Disability Social soccer offers something for all participants. Two groups will be formed based on the participants’ ability. Those with mild to moderate disabilities take part in a competitive match and those with moderate – severe take part in fun activities and games.€3pp Booking Essential Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385
Thursday 31st January 1 to 2pmDungarvan Sports Centre
Thursday 28th February 1 to 2pmDungarvan Sports Centre
Thursday 28th March 1 to 2pmDungarvan Sports Centre
Thursday 25th April 1 to 2pmDungarvan Sports Centre
NEW! TAG RUGBY€3pp

Booking Essential

Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385
Wednesday 23rd January 2.30 to 3.30pmDungarvan Sports Centre
Wednesday 20th March 2.30 to 3.30pmDungarvan Sports Centre
Wednesday 24th April 2.30 to 3.30pmDungarvan Sports Centre

Boccia

Published: October 16, 2018

We run Boccia sessions at various times during the year. Boccia is a target ball game similar to bowls or petanque. Boccia is ideal for mixed ability participants. Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. All events are mixed gender. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls which are coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack.

BOCCIA 2019
Wednesday 16th January11am – 12.30pmWIT Arena
Wednesday 13th February11am -12.30pmWIT Arena
Wednesday 13th March11am – 12.30pmWIT Arena
Wednesday 17th April11am – 12.30pmWIT Arena

Cost: €2pp

If you or your organisation is interested in taking part please contact:
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

SportsAbility Vision Mission

Published: October 16, 2018

Damien Vereker

Published: October 16, 2018

Meet our SportsAbility Ambassador | Damien Vereker | Paralympian 

I’m Damien Vereker, a 37 years old Para-Cyclist. I live in Waterford City with my wife Jennifer and stepdaughter Alanna. I have a vision Impairment called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2012 with a 2.1 Level 8 Honours Degree in Social Care.  I am a member of Comeragh Cycling Club in Waterford and a member of the Ireland High Performance Squad and competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.  I compete on a tandem (two seater) bike piloted by Dermot Radford from Tipperary Wheelers.

“RP is a hereditary degenerative eye disorder that affects the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. RP is a gradual and progressive eye disorder but it is rare for individuals to lose their sight completely.  Symptoms of RP include problems seeing in poor light, at night and loss of peripheral vision which is referred to as tunnel vision.  In some instances of RP central vision is lost which results in problems with reading print and doing detailed work. RP is a degenerative eye condition but the rate of deterioration is different for each individual person.

I was diagnosed with RP in 1997 when I was just 17 years old.  I realised I couldn’t see in the dark and knew something was wrong as all my friends could see out in the dark at night.   I have been living with sight loss for 20 years now and have had to make adjustments in my life to assist my living and working with sight loss. At present I have loss of central vision (6/190 in right eye and hand movement only in left eye).  I have total night blindness, colour blindness, and loss of peripheral vision.  I use a sighted guide or a long white mobility cane to navigate my surroundings and environment. I access computers via a screen reader called JAWS. I have voice over software on my mobile phone to enable me to access phone and text messages.

I have been involved in a wide range of sporting activities since 1997.  From 1997 to 2000 I was a member of Saint Sennan’s Athletic Club and was involved in cross country and road running.  In 2001 I took part in the Fighting Blindness Borneo Challenge and reached the summit of Mt. Kinabulu. In 2004 I completed the Dublin City Marathon.  In 2005 I took part in the Fighting Blindness Patagonia Challenge and trekked 100km through Argentina and Chile. I started cycling in 2009.  That year Comeragh Cycling Club decided to add Para-Cycling to their already highly established cycling outfit. The aim of this initiative was to give local people with vision impairments the opportunity to get out on the road and cycle with some of the best cyclists the sunny south-east has to offer.

In 2009 I got involved with leisure tandem cycling and completed the 50km Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.  In 2010 I completed the 90km Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.  In 2011 I completed the 160km Three County Challenge and the 160km Sean Kelly Tour.

In September 2012 I was asked by Comeragh CC if I would be interested in trying to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.  I had no idea what would be involved but knew it was an amazing opportunity so I said yes and started training. I had to lose weight straight away as I was about 97kg.  I started going to the gym and was getting out every Sunday for a long spin on the bike.  In May 2013 I attended my first Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial. For the race I used a bike purchased by the Comeragh CC for training purposes and to facilitate Para Cycling members of the club, the bike was never expected to race time trials or progress its rider to victory in such a competitive field. We finished well down the field but it was a great experience as the elite squad that had competed at the 2012 London Paralympic Games were there and I got a great insight into what I needed to do in order to progress through the ranks.

A few weeks later Martin Kirwan (Focus on Fitness) agreed to come on board as a coach and pilot.  Training intensified and I started progressing quickly.  We were travelling all over Ireland racing and I was awarded the White Jersey for the 2013 Best New Rider in the Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League. Next, we needed to change equipment and try to improve things again. We held a spinathon in City Square, followed it with a night in the Mansion House and along with some company sponsorship we raised enough money to purchase a new bike which cost about €9,000. In 2014 we won the Winners Yellow Jersey for the Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League and travelled to Prague to race getting some valuable international experience. To fund the 2015 racing season, Martin organised a sponsored cycle,  we cycled from Malin Head to Waterford on the tandem in 13hrs. We had a relay of 5 groups of 2 to keep the tandem going all the time to complete the journey as quick as possible. The plan was to do it in 12hrs but the weather was bad with snow and ice on the road with temp dropping to -4 on the day.

We were runners up in the 2015 Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League.  That year we also competed in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Prague; however during the season Martin realised we needed a new pilot for the bike so he stepped down and we recruited a new Pilot, Marcin Mizgajski. We finished on the podium in 3rd position in the Prague European Cup which was a massive result.

In 2016, a new bike and travel costs were fundraised for at a great night in Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium where we had local hurlers, cyclists and runners racing around the dog track.  We won the Winners Yellow Jersey for the Paracycling Ireland Time Trial League for a second time.  We won bronze and silver medals at the National Championships.  We travelled to South Africa, Belgium and Spain to compete in the World Cup Series.  We won gold in the road race and bronze in the Time Trial in South Africa which ranked me at number 1 in the World rankings for the World Cup Series and we wore the World Cup Leaders Jersey at the next event in Belgium.  It was amazing to be ranked number 1 in the world for a few weeks and because our whole focus was on qualifying for Rio I often forget about this achievement and what it took for us to achieve this incredible feat.

Once again in 2017 we won the Winners Yellow Jersey for the Para-Cycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League.  We won gold and silver at the National Championships.  For the start of the season Ian Ingles was selected as my pilot.  We travelled to Italy Belgium and Holland for the World Cup Series getting top 10 results at each event.  The World Championships were in South Africa and Dermot Radford was selected as my pilot and we finished 11th in the Time Trial.

Onto 2018 and  myself and Dermot will be competing in the Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League, National Championships. We will be travelling to Belgium, Holland and Canada for the World Cup Series and the World Championships will be in Italy.  We were in Athlone for Round 2 of the Paracycling Ireland Invacare Time Trial League recently and it was good to get back racing and come away with a win.

Since September 2012 my goal has been to qualify for Rio. I had no idea how I was going to get there or what it would take to qualify for the games. I’ve lost 4 stone in weight and train 6 days a week. As the Games got closer training intensified and I was often training twice a day. I’ve had to make sacrifices and it’s been hard missing family events and occasions. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster as for a while it felt that every time we got a result something emerged to knock us back again. When we got news I had qualified it was a bitter sweet moment. It was an amazing sensation realising all the sweat blood and tears had been worth it.

I can say forever that I am a Paralympian and it was such an honour to wear the Irish jersey and do my best in every race I participated in. It was an amazing experience being in the Paralympic Village. There was a great buzz and great interaction between the athletes as we swapped pins with other countries. The food hall seemed as big as a football stadium with every kind of food you could think of. It was great having a card for the vending machines in our apartment building so we never were without bottled water. The sound of the drums at the welcoming ceremony was incredible, and I never tired of hearing it as we passed the plaza. I was disappointed that I couldn’t go to the opening ceremony as we were racing the next day. We got to go to the closing ceremony and the atmosphere was wonderful. It’s still only sinking in what a huge achievement it was to take part in the Paralympic Games.

Qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games starts now and so our journey to be a part of the Games start all over again!!!

 

 

Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford.

 

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County Office:
Civic Offices
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2194

City Office:
Regional Sports Centre
Cork Road
Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2682

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