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Waterford SportsAbility Podcast Series

Published: August 27, 2020

Waterford SportsAbility Forum is delighted to announce their new podcast series which will be released on Friday 11th September. In the series Karen Power (Author of the Butterfly Barn Series) and Pauline Casey (Sports Inclusion Disability Officer – WSP) sit down with a selection of speakers to chat about all things related to Disability Sport and Physical Activity. We meet some local and international athletes, paralympians and parents to hear the role that sport and physical activity plays/played in their life, the opportunities they got from sport and the challenges they have faced or continue to face.

This podcast series is not to be missed and includes six episodes in total. The first podcast will be released on Friday 11th September followed by a new episode every fortnight. Check out the line-up below and links to the podcasts as they are released

If you require more information on the Podcast Series please contact Pauline Casey on 086 7837385 

Friday 11th September
Episode 1: ‘The Beginning’

Karen Power (Author of the Butterfly Barn Series) chats with Pauline Casey (WSP Sports Inclusion Disability Officer) about how the Waterford SportsAbility Forum started and the work they do. Pauline will tell us about the development of the Podcast Series and who will feature over the coming weeks.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 1 HERE

Friday 25th September
Episode 2: ‘A Parent’s Perspective’
Karen Power speaks with Mary Fitzsimons, parent of Hayley Fitzsimons. Mary shares her journey with us from the beginning, from discovering she was pregnant, discovering her child would be born with a disability that no one seemed to know much about, to how her daughter has achieved so much as an athlete and has her eyes set on even bigger goals.

Friday 9th October
Episode 3: ‘Hell & Back’
This episode features Kate Veale Irish Race Walking Champion and former World Champion who is an extremely gifted athlete from Dungarvan. Kate had a genuine chance of winning an Olympic medal when all of a sudden she disappeared, going completely off the radar. So what happened? Tune in to hear Kate’s story and where her sporting career is now.
Friday 23rd October
Episode 4: ‘It’s just what I do’
This week Karen catches up with Chris Watts, a visually impaired tri athlete from Dublin, and his Dad Andy. Chris talks about how he discovered his love of triathlons and how the support of his parents have been crucial in his success.

Friday 6th November
Episode 5: ‘Going for Gold’
In this episode Pauline is joined by Damien Vereker tandem cyclist with the Irish Paralympics Team. Damien talks to Pauline about how important the community of Waterford was in supporting him on his cycling journey. Damien tells us how his plans to get onto the Irish Paralympics Team have been disrupted due to COVID– 19 and about his goal to make it to the 2021 Paralympics Games.

Friday 20th November
Episode 6: ‘The Fight of my Life’
In the series finale Pauline is joined by Ian St. John to hear about his life thus far.  In an incredibly open and honest chat, Ian brings us through his journey from securing his dream job as a golf pro, to a devastating cancer diagnosis which has left him currently living with paralysis.

Tune in and be inspired!

Return to Sport and Physical Activity – People with Disabilities

Published: July 29, 2020

For many people with a disability Covid-19 has been a very difficult time as they will not have had access to their local clubs, outdoor amenities, coaches, training facilities and equipment. As sport and physical activity facilities and opportunities continue to reopen, it is important to consider the safe return to sport for people
with disabilities.

While mitigating the risk of Covid-19 is more challenging for those who require assistance in their sport participation, steps should be taken including:

  • Consider DATE (distance, activity, time, environment)
  • Ensure daily symptom checks
  • Limit the number of participants
  • Limit the duration of the activity
  • Consider the contact (proximity, direct touch, equipment sharing) and minimise where possible
  • Train outdoors
  • Consider the use of PPE for assisting the participant (for example, if they require assistance getting onto a bike). It is accepted that the use of PPE during sporting activities is not generally advised, however its use is promoted outside of field of play, where guidelines suggest
  • Avoid slipstreams where possible

This guidance was prepared with the support of Cara, who conducted extensive consultation within their sector – Visit the CARA Website.

Sport Ireland Guidance – People with Disabilities

Cara Guidelines

Coming Soon! Waterford SportsAbility Podcast Series

Published: July 14, 2020


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Waterford SportsAbility Forum has decided not to run the Waterford SportsAbility Weekend in 2020. The event was due to take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September in WIT Arena. This decision was not made lightly however the welfare of our participants, staff and the general public is our number one priority.

Forum members were keen to offer an alternative to the weekend and after careful consideration we’re developing the new and exciting Waterford SportsAbility Podcast Series. The series will be launched in September with a wide range of guest speakers including Parents, Coaches and Para Athletes.

We will be releasing details of our guest speakers in the coming weeks . . . Watch this space!

If you require more information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact
Pauline Casey on 086 7837385 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Cycle Right Disability Trainer Module

Published: March 5, 2020

This practical training introduces participants to the Learn to Cycle process, specifically for individuals with a disability who aim to cycle a two-wheel bicycle

Thursday 19th March
10.30am to 4pm
@ the Regional Sports Centre
Cork Road | Waterford

10 per person

This learning module is supported by resources at www.cycleright.ie  

LIMITED PLACES! BOOK HERE NOW
For more information please contact:
Peter Jones on
0761 10 2191 or pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
or Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

 

 

FREE Para-Athletics Drop-in Sessions

Published: February 11, 2020

 


Para-Athletics comes to Dungarvan Sports Centre!

Free drop in session for children and adults with a disability. Come and try out athletics track and field disciplines tutored by trained Para Athletics coaches.

The open sessions are on @ Dungarvan Sports Centre from 1 to 2pm on:

Saturday 22nd February 
Saturday 29th February
Saturday 14th March
Saturday 28th March

What is Para Athletics?
Para Athletics is the sport of athletics practised by people with a disability as a parasport, the athletics disciples are mostly the same disciples available for able bodied people with the addition of wheelchair racing and the club throw.  The track and field events are adapted to each individual athlete.

To register or for more information please contact Pauline Casey on 076 110 2682 or email: pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Waterford SportsAbility Weekend 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!

Published: February 3, 2020

Waterford Sports Partnership is delighted to be organising the Waterford SportsAbility Weekend on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2020.
This event which is funded by the HSE is being run in association with WIT Arena.

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.

Watch this Space – More details coming soon!

For more information on this event please contact Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

Walk for Life 2020

Published: January 14, 2020

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 2020

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 11th February @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Dungarvan
Meeting at the fountain in Walton Park

Tuesday 18th February @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Durrow
Meeting at the Waterford Greenway Durrow Car Park

Tuesday 25th February @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Bilberry
Meeting at the Waterford Greenway Bilberry Car Park

Tuesday 3rd March @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas
Meeting at the Workhouse Car Park Kilmacthoas

Cost: €4 per walk: 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:
Sinéad Brannigan on 0761 10 2430 or email sbrannigan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
or
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

**Please Note: Toilet Facilities may not be available at meeting point, please contact WSP for details in advance

NEW! Yoga for Children with Autism

Published: December 16, 2019


SIX WEEK YOGA PROGRAMME

for Children aged 7-16 with High to Moderate Functioning Autism.

Starting Thursday 16th January from 5.30 to 6.30pm

@ Dungarvan Sports Centre (upstairs room)
€40 per person
BOOKING ESSENTIAL | LIMITED PLACES
PLEASE NOTE: Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the programme.

BOOK HERE NOW! 
For more information please contact Rachel Sinnott on 0761 10 2199 or rsinnott@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

THIS PROGRAMME WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW NUMBERS

 

 

New! Disability Multi Sport Programme

Published: October 24, 2019


DISABILITY MULTI-SPORT PROGRAMME

For children aged 8-16 years old with mild to moderate disabilities.
FOUR WEEK PROGRAMME
Starting Tuesday 12th November 6 to 7pm @ Dungarvan Sports Centre
€20 per person

PLEASE NOTE:
Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the programme.
NEW! Accessible Toilet Onsite

REGISTER HERE NOW!
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Rachel Sinnott on 0761 10 2199 or rsinnott@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Information Meeting for Dungarvan Disablity Club

Published: September 5, 2019


Interested in setting up a Sports Club for children
aged 5 to 18 years with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in the Dungarvan area?

JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATION MEETING
Monday 16th September | 7.30 to 8.30pm
@ The Park Hotel | Dungarvan

Are you a parent, teacher, sports coach, volunteer?
ALL WELCOME!

REGISTER FREE HERE NOW
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Rachel Sinnott on 0761 10 2199 or rsinnott@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

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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CRO Number: 378713

Registered Office –
Civic Offices
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Ireland

 

Contact Details

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

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

Email: info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
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