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SportsAbility Podcast Series 2021

Published: September 20, 2021


Following the success of series one in 2020, Waterford SportsAbility Forum is back with a second series of Podcasts for Waterford SportsAbility Month 2021. Episode 1 will be available for download on Friday 1st October.
 

In this four part series Pauline Casey (Sports Inclusion Disability Officer – WSP) meets representatives from clubs, organisations and facilities that are local to Waterford and are inclusive for people with a disability. We’ll hear about the opportunities that are available, the importance of physical activity and more importantly the role of the volunteer.

The Podcast Series will offer a wealth of information for any individual or parent who is interested in trying something new, whether it is getting involved in a new activity or becoming a volunteer!

This four part series is starting on Friday 1st of October with a new episode each week.
Details of the Pocdast are as follows . . . 

Friday 1st October
Episode 1: Waterford Facilities – Accessible for All | LISTEN TO EPISODE 1 HERE!
In our opening episode, Pauline sits down with Coach Eamon Cullen of Waterford Warriors, Aaron Grant of WIT Arena, and Rachel Beckett of InvincABLE Fitness Waterford. They discuss their experience of working with people with a disability and making their facilities accessible for all.

FEATURED FACILITY CONTACT DETAILS:
Waterford Warriors:
Website: https://waterfordwarriors.ie/  | Email : info@waterfordwarriors.ie   | Tel : 086 085 0287
WIT Arena:
Website: https://witarena.ie/ | Email :  witarena@wit.ie | Tel : 051 834 444
InvincAble Fitness:
Website: https://www.invincablefitness.ie/ | Email: Info@invincablefitness.ie | Tel: 051 591 647


Friday 8th October
Episode 2: Waterford Disability Clubs – Heart and soul of many communities! LISTEN TO EPISODE 2 HERE!
In Episode Two, we meet Trish Hearne from Little Vikings, Michael Cox from Park Rangers AFC and Brendan O’ Farrell  from DcDynamos. These three Waterford sports clubs cater for children and teenagers with a disability. We hear all about their clubs, who they cater for, how they were set up and what the club means to them.


Friday 15th October
Episode 3: National Governing Bodies (NGBs) – Did you know? LISTEN TO EPISODE 3 HERE!
Did you know these three mainstream NGBs are inclusive? 

We meet Eoin Morrissey from Waterford GAA, Gary Power from the FAI and Liam O’ Donohue from Tennis Ireland. We hear about the variety of programmes they have specifically for people with a disability and the importance of providing these opportunities for both children and adults at a local level.


Friday 22nd October
Episode 4: Disability Sport NGBs – Meet the team!
In the final episode of the Series, Pauline introduces you to three of the main Disability Sport National Governing Bodies, who have been leading the way in providing physical activity opportunities for people with a disability at both local and national level.

Tune in and be inspired!

 

If you require more information on the Podcast Series please contact Rachel Sinnott on 087 739 6050

SportsAbility Podcast Series 2020

Published: September 16, 2021

SportsAbility Podcast Series 2020

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

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 2 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 3 HERE
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.LISTEN TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 4 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 5 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 6 HERE

Waterford SportsAbility Month 2021!

Published: September 16, 2021

Check out the calendar below for a full list of the TASTER EVENTS
that will be taking place throughout October.

Places are limited so book early to Avoid disappointment!

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL on www.eventbrite.ie

ACTIVITY DATE & TIME LOCATION SUITABILITY
FOOTBALL FOR ALL
BOOK HERE
  Saturday 2nd October @11am   Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Pan Disability
The FAI will deliver this session introducing participants to basic football skills in a fun and enjoyable game.
GAA

BOOK HERE

  Saturday 2nd October @12pm   Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Pan Disability
GAA Coaching Games will introduce participants to Fun & Run, a game that was specifically designed nationally to include people with a disability in our GAA Clubs.
ATHLETICS FOR ALL
BOOK HERE
  Saturday 9th October @11am   Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Pan Disability
IWA Sport will introduce participants to a combination of track and field events including javelin, shot put and discus.
HANDCYCLES & TRIKES
BOOK HERE
  Saturday 9th October @12pm   Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Pan Disability
An opportunity for participants to try out a number of handcycles and trikes that will be available for hire after the event.
PARA
WEIGHTLIFTING
BOOK HERE
  Saturday 9th October @1pm   Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Pan Disability
IWA Sport will introduce participants to Para Weightlifting.
FOOTALL FOR ALL
BOOK HERE
  Sunday 10th October @11am   Cappoquin Railway
Football Club
Children & Adults Pan Disability
The FAI will deliver this session introducing participants to basic football skills in a fun and enjoyable game.
PITCH & PUTT

CHILDREN
BOOK HERE

ADULTS
BOOK HERE

  Tuesday 12th October
@11am Children
@12pm Adults
  Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children & Adults Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability

We are teaming up with Ryan Madigan, PGA with Waterford Castle Golf  Club, to deliver a taster session covering the basics of golf such as chipping and putting.

YOGA

CHILDREN
BOOK HERE

TEENS
BOOK HERE

ADULTS
BOOK HERE

  Saturday 16th October
@11am for children
(12 years and under)@12pm for teenagers
(12-17years)
@
1pm for adults (18+)
  Waterford Regional Sports Centre Children, Teenagers, Adults Pan Disability

Yoga aims to enhance participant’s strength, coordination and flexibility, while encouraging body awareness and self-esteem. It can also reduce anxiety and stress and promote a sense of calmness.

TENNIS

BOOK HERE

  Tuesday 19th October @ 11am   Tramore Tennis Club Children & Adults mild to moderate intellectual disability
Mark White, tennis couch with Tramore Tennis Club will introduce participants using the Enjoy Tennis programme.

 

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

 

Now Booking! Sport Inclusion & Disability Awareness Online Training

Published: August 19, 2021

This CARA Certified Online Training Course is designed to create a greater awareness of the area of disability and how to include people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED INCLUDE:
Understanding Disability | Perceptions |Communication: Language and Etiquette Barriers to participation | Inclusion – Intro to TREE and The Inclusion Continuum

There will be discussion elements throughout the training course to ensure that participants have the opportunity to share their experience and time will be available to ask questions.

Sport Inclusion & Disability Awareness | Online Training
Presented by WSP Community Sports Development Officer: Rachel Sinnott
Wednesday 10th November |6 to 8pm
FREE COURSE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL |Book HERE now:
For more information please contact Rachel Sinnott on 0761 10 2199 or email rsinnott@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Get Autism Active | Webinar Series

Published: August 19, 2021


A
four part comprehensive online Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Training Series
in partnership with Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford Teacher Centre.

Being brought to you by Dr Susan Crawford PhD, Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant, Fulbright Scholar, Masters in Teaching & Learning, BScSport & Exercise Science, Registered Midwife and Registered General Nurse.

The four webinars culminate in a core ASD/FMS programme which is currently essential as both a regulatory and behaviour management strategy.

Introduction to ASD | Wednesday 22nd September 7-8pm
This webinar explores diagnosis, issues in the world of ASD, theories, prevalence, associated conditions and evidence based teaching and learning interventions.

Introduction to Fundamental Movement Skills | Wednesday 29th September 7-8pm
This webinar explores what fundamental movement skills are, why they are important, how they are developed, programme planning and delivery, and the use of demonstration and feedback in the world of FMS.

Promoting and Maintaining participation in Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) programmes for students with ASD | Wednesday 6th October 7-8pm
This webinar explores how to maximise participation in FMS for students with ASD.

Exploring The GetAutismActive Programme | Wednesday 13th October 7-8pm
This webinar brings it all together in The GetAutismActive Online Resource Kit. This is a teaching and learning tool which Susan has developed and refined over years of research and innovation. It includes the 19 skills of movement i.e. running, jumping, kicking, dodging etc. It is designed using an ‘eclectic’ approach and has taken best practice from each of a number of teaching and learning methodologies. Hence each skill comes with a video demonstration, a checklist of how the skill is broken down into steps, a voice over prompt with key cues, an incidental teaching and learning guide and a guide to evaluate each session. Proprioceptive stretches are included to use before and after each session.

Who should complete this online training?
Teachers, SNAs, Coaches or anyone working in both voluntary and paid capacity who wish to develop and up skill on knowledge and practice in relation to ASD with specific emphasis on movement as a strategy to promote regulation, reduce anxiety and increase engagement. 

COST: €20pp (includes all four webinars) | Book your place HERE
For further information please contact Pauline Casey on 086 7837385
or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

New! Physical Activity Plan for People with a Disability

Published: October 8, 2020


Waterford Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who have come together to roll-out a 4-week physical activity plan for people with a disability ahead of “Fit for All”.

Fit for All is a national initiative aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities, families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community.

The resource has been developed by Sport Ireland and a working group of LSP Sports Inclusion Disability Officers (SIDOs) in conjunction with Cara. Ireland’s National Physical Activity plan recommends children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, the Activities for All resource is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily activity. This resource aims to improve people’s fitness, skills and balance as well as helping build confidence to regularly participate in sport and physical activity.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Waterford Sports Partnership has been working hard to ensure the people of Waterford remain physically active.

As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Waterford Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

Speaking at the release of the resource, John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland said, “Sport and physical activity is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and has so many benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing. The Activities for All resource will help people of all abilities to build physical activity in to their daily routine. We are delighted to launch it as part of the CARA Fit for All initiative and with support and input from the Sports Inclusion Disability Officers of the Local Sports Partnership Network”.

Rosarie Kealy, Sports Co-ordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership, said ‘We welcome this really useful and practical resource which will support people with a disability in reaching their daily physical activity targets.  The resource was developed by Sports Inclusion Disability Officers across the Local Sports Partnership network and therefore brings with it a real understanding of the specific needs and how best to support people with a disability in being more active.  Physical activity is more important now than ever for the physical and mental health of everyone.’

This resource is fully adaptive for people of all abilities and ages. There is an activity planner included to help your track your progress throughout the 4-weeks. Simply print out the resource or display it on your phone and be active!

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE: IN ENGLISH | AS GAEILGE

For more information on the resource please email Pauline Casey: pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 2 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 3 HERE
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.LISTEN TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 4 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 5 HERE

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.
LISTEN TO EPISODE 6 HERE

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

 

 

 

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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Tel: 0761 10 2194

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Cork Road
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Tel: 0761 10 2682

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