What Ability partners with New South Wales Rugby League!

NSW Rugby League announce their partnership with What Ability 

– April 2023 –

The NSWRL has announced an exciting new partnership with disability support service What Ability, which will include an inaugural award for ‘Inclusive Athlete of the Year’ to be presented at the 2023 Brad Fittler Medal.

What Ability is an NDIS provider that utilises professional and semi-professional athletes as support workers to provide community based experiences for people living with a disability, including swimming, bush walks, beach days, indoor activity facilities and holiday camps.

NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said it was a privilege to form a community partnership with What Ability as inclusion and diversity were among the core pillars of the game.

“What Ability is an industry leader in the disability sector, and we look forward to the opportunities this partnership will provide into the future,” Trodden said.

“I would like to thank What Ability for giving the NSWRL this opportunity to be part of the wonderful and rewarding work that they do.”

What Ability Media and Community Manager Todd Liubinskas said: “We are so excited to partner with NSWRL because we can bring both organisations together to really highlight diversity and inclusion in the Rugby League community.”

The Brad Fittler Medal is held at the end of the regular season for the NSWRL and includes awards for the men’s and women’s State of Origin teams, NSWRL Major Competitions and Junior Representatives Competitions, Referees, Rugby League Officials and Volunteers.

Trodden said it would be a welcome addition to have an award for ‘Inclusive Athlete of the Year.’

“The Brad Fittler Medal provides an opportunity for elite players to grassroots volunteers to be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made to Rugby League that season,” Trodden said.

“It is only fitting that we have an award that acknowledges inclusion as it illustrates what the NSWRL stands for.”

What Ability was part of the recent ‘Inclusion Gala Day’ at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence which brought together 120 participants of all abilities and cultural backgrounds to enjoy a range of fun Rugby League activities and activations.

True Blues Jake and Tom Trbojevic, and Harvey Norman NSW Sky Blues back-rower Shaylee Bent, headline a list of Rugby League ambassadors and other athletes who donate their time to provide positive experiences for people with disabilities.

What Ability CEO Belinda Woolford is also very excited about the partnership, commenting on the ‘synergies’ between the organisations. “Partnering with an organisation who shares our passion for inclusivity and embracing the power of sport to break down barriers and existing stigmas, is really special. We can’t wait to see what opportunities arise this year as both organisations work towards showcasing disability and inclusion at the forefront of Rugby League.”

To follow this partnership, check out What Ability (@whatability) and NSWRL (@nswrl) on socials or if you’re looking for disability support, head to https://whatability.com.au/services/need-support/ to find out more.

By |2023-04-04T04:21:20+00:00April 4, 2023|News, NSW, state based|0 Comments

Tag along to our Western Sydney Wanderers football skills session!

Hey Sydney! Ever wanted to kick a ball with intensity like Western Sydney Wanderer’s Tomi Juric? Or with style like Keanu Baccus? 

Thanks to our friends at Westfield Burwood, we’ve got an exclusive hour during Easter holidays.

This April school holidays Western Sydney Wanderers will host a skills and drills clinic at Westfield Burwood exclusive for What Ability participants. Come down and get involved to learn all of the world game tips and tricks – with a specially tailored session for What Ability.

The event will be on 19th April and run from 10am to 11am and is completely free!


By |2023-04-04T01:39:26+00:00March 31, 2023|News, NSW, state based|0 Comments
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