You’re invited to our What Ability Day at Ballymore Stadium!

Hey Brisbane! Get pumped for a What Ability Day coming your way!

You’re invited to hang out with us and your favourite local athletes at Ballymore Stadium on Sunday, 12 May.

Starting at 10am and concluding at 12pm, our What Ability Day at Ballymore Stadium is a free and disability inclusive event.

We’re inviting people with a disability, and their family, to join us on the day! There will be an activity zone to play sports, a chill out zone to hang out with friends and a media zone to see our athletes.

Secure your free spot here!
By |2024-04-10T23:07:57+00:00April 10, 2024|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

You’re invited to our What Ability Day at AAMI Park 2024!

Hey Melbourne! Get pumped for a What Ability Day coming your way!

You’re invited to hang out with us and your favourite local athletes at AAMI Park on Sunday, 17 March.

Starting at 10am and concluding at 12pm, our What Ability Day at AAMI Park is a free and disability inclusive event.

We’re inviting people with a disability, and their family, to join us on the day! There will be an activity zone to play sports, a chill out zone to hang out with friends and a media zone to see our athletes.

Secure your free spot here!
By |2024-03-05T05:01:35+00:00February 18, 2024|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

Join us at our November Morning Teas

You’re invited to join us at the office for our upcoming What Ability Morning Teas!

We believe in the power of inclusivity and support, and we’re excited to extend an invitation to our families, Plan Managers and community interested in finding out more, to our upcoming What Ability Morning Teas. These free events aim to foster a sense of community, provide information about our 1:1 support and overnight camps, and offer a platform for open dialogue and feedback sharing. It’s a unique opportunity to meet other families and share experiences and insights, creating a stronger, more supportive network.

RSVP and Event Details

We are hosting What Ability Morning Teas in three major cities before Christmas: Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. To make sure we have everything in order, please RSVP using the provided links below:

Watch our recent Sydney morning tea video below!

By |2023-10-31T03:27:18+00:00October 31, 2023|News, NSW, state based, VIC, WA|0 Comments

What Ability spotted on the Today Show, 7News and 9News!

Our What Ability Day at AAMI Park was a huge success, bringing in over 50 athletes and 200 participants for a day of inflatable dartboard-throwing, soda-drinking, football-kicking fun. And media outlets were all over it!

Popular TV networks were keen to know exactly how these high-profile athletes were choosing to spend their weekend, and found out they were connecting with the community and bringing happiness to people living with a disability.

The Today Show – Weekend

The Weekend Today with hosts Clint Stanaway and Belinda Russell was one of these major programs. The hosts spoke to our What Ability athletes, Collingwood defender’s Brayden Maynard and Collingwood Super Netball’s Kelsey Browne. They wanted to know what the day involved, and it was here that our athletes revealed just how excited they were!

“It’s a really exciting day for What Ability. We can’t wait to have lots of fun! That’s the main purpose of today,” Browne said.

“I just feel like the main thing is bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. It’s a day where they can come out, they can have fun, everyone can enjoy themselves personally,” Maynard added.

7News

7News reporter Mitch Cleary came down for the day to showcase the fun activities and friendships between the athletes and participants.

“[The participants] are having fun and enjoying the time together and building relationships along the way,” Essendon Midfielder Darcy Parish explained.

“Having fun, that’s all we wanna do anyway,” said AAMI ambassador and friend of What Ability, Collingwood Forward’s Sabrina Frederick

Brayden Maynard and Carlton FC’s Caleb Marchbank were also interviewed, speaking about their upcoming games.

9News

Lastly, 9News interviewed Darcy Parish about what being a support worker at What Ability is like. Parish highlighted the importance of making sure the participant is heard.

“We get activities planned on our day job…it’s whatever the participant wants to do,” he informed.

Participants were also interviewed, and asked about what the best part of the day was.

“Being out here and also having fun,” they replied.

Sign up to our event waitlist to find out when our next big event is happening in your area!

By |2023-03-31T03:57:14+00:00March 14, 2023|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

Epic What Ability Day at AAMI Park yields impressive turn out of athletes and families!

Our first What Ability Day of 2023 happened at AAMI Park and what a day it was!

The day brought the Melbourne community together for a day filled with athletes, activities, fun, smiles and of course, happiness. 

What Ability has been active in Melbourne since October 2022, and this was a great chance to see how much we have grown since then.

Over 200 participants and 50 athletes, including Collingwood Magpies’ Kelsey Browne, Collingwood FC’s Brayden Maynard and Essendon FC’s Maddy Prespakis, came down for the day.

Participants had the best time kicking the ball around, throwing the frisbee, kicking at the dartboard and relaxing on the field alongside athletes from the top sporting codes.

Belinda Woolford, What Ability CEO said “Days like this reminds me why putting happiness first for people living with a disability is so important!”

“Seeing everyone having fun and enjoying themselves was such a joy, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our Major Partners, volunteers and our What Ability athletes.”

“Your commitment to inclusion and support for those with disabilities is truly inspiring, and we hope to continue to work together to make our community a more inclusive place.”

The event was even featured by the Weekend Today with Clint Stanaway and Belinda Russell and we are very thankful to be able to share our work in helping to build a more inclusive Australia.

Thank you to everyone involved in the day, including AAMI Park, our athletes, volunteers and support workers. A huge shout out to our Major Partners AAMI, Harvey Norman, Optus, Shaw and Partners & Tyrepower for helping us create an unforgettable day for people living with a disability! 

Also big thanks to Soda Stream, My Muscle Chef, O’Briens and Imperial First Aid for keeping us refreshed and safe on the day!

Check out the full photo album here.

By |2023-02-23T03:00:38+00:00February 13, 2023|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

You’re invited to our What Ability Day at AAMI Park Melbourne!

Hey Melbourne! Our What Ability Day at AAMI Park is happening on Sunday, 12 February and you’re invited!

What Ability Days were developed to help us raise awareness for the sector, provide an opportunity for our athletes to get involved and create lifelong memories!

Starting at 11am and concluding at 1pm, the What Ability Day at AAMI Park is a free disability inclusive event to meet your local athletes.

There are so many fun ways to spend your time at our What Ability Day. You can kick a ball around with our What Ability athletes in our activity zone or kick back and hang out with friends at the chill out zone.

There are only 200 spots available, so sign up here to secure your spot

Not in Melbourne? No problem! Sign up to our event waitlist and keep your eyes peeled for when our next big event come to your state.

By |2023-08-30T23:39:05+00:00January 12, 2023|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

Essendon FC make off-season splash for What Ability

What Ability is making big waves in the disability space and it’s not going unnoticed! One major player in sports taking notice is the Essendon Football Club, who featured our Melbourne Open Day on their website.

The launch, which took place in collaboration with URBNSURF, saw an incredible turnout of athletes and participants enjoying a swim or going for a surf. Five Essendon players including Matt Guelfi, Dyson Heppell, Pat Voss, Kyle Langford, and Nick Bryan were present on the day.

We are so thankful for their support in bringing the day to life and helping us on our mission to break down barriers and build an inclusive Australia.

Read the article here

By |2022-11-21T01:10:17+00:00November 9, 2022|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

Melbourne Open Day a Huge Success!

What Ability made a splash at Saturday’s Melbourne Open Day at URBNSURF. The launch was supported by major partners, Harvey Norman, Shaw and Partners and Tyrepower. The day kicked off with an athlete panel which included What Ability ambassadors Sean Keppie (NRL Manly Sea Eagles), Allie Smith (NSW Swifts), Rudi Ellis (West Coast Fever) and Matt Formston (Australian Paralympian). Other athletes present were Matt Guelfi, Dyson Heppell, Kelsey Browne, Young Tonumaipea, Rahni Sanason, Patrick Voss, Kyle Langford, Jessica Jones and Nick Bryan. 

The day saw a great turn out with Melbourne families, participants and athletes turning up to meet the team and soak up the sunshine. Participants were seen swimming in the bays and surfing alongside their favourite athletes. It was a day filled with lots of smiles, fun and surfing. Thank you to URBNSURF for facilitating an awesome day.

See the photo album on Facebook

By |2022-10-04T23:51:32+00:00October 2, 2022|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments

Hello Melbourne!

We are so excited to announce that we are officially launching in Melbourne on 1 October 2022 at URBNSURF!

If you’re looking for support or want to be a support worker, come down for a swim and a day of fun!

Our team will be there ready to discuss bookings, participants, support worker roles, partnership opportunities and more.

RSVP to the Facebook event (link below) and fill out the form below to secure your spot!

We can’t wait to see you there!

SIGN ME UP FOR THE OPEN DAY

By |2022-09-28T04:04:57+00:00September 28, 2022|News, state based, VIC|0 Comments
 
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