Young  Australians with disabilities will get a unique opportunity this week to take part in a wheelchair basketball demonstration at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, thanks to a partnership with the Outback Academy, supported by the Australian Paralympic Committee.

The demonstration, taking place this Friday evening at Sydney Olympic Park will see 20 participants from the Outback Academy’s Red Dust Heelers fly in from various parts of Australia to lead the action and celebrate the healing power of sport.

With 50 per cent of Aboriginal Australians experiencing disability, and one in five people in the wider Australian community experiencing disability, the Outback Academy are committed bringing Para-sport to Indigenous communities across Australia, in an effort to encourage diversity and inclusion.

Among the group participating in the demonstration this Friday, will be Paralympians Brad Ness and Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy as well as aspiring Indigenous Para-athletes, who dream to represent their communities and country at the Paralympics.

The Red Dust Heelers have been training hard in preparation for the honour of sharing the same court as Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitors.

The Heelers will also be excited to cheer on their teammate and 2018 Australian Invictus Games competitor Brenden Hardman as he captains the Australian Invictus Hames wheelchair basketball team.

The team will be training at YMCA Epping on the morning of the 26th October at 8.30am in preparation for their game that night, and welcome anyone interested in joining them.

By Outback Academy and Australian Paralympic Committee

Posted: 24/9/2018

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