RSL Adaptive Sports

RSL Adaptive Sports

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RSL Queensland and the ADF are joining forces to develop an adaptive sports program, for current and ex-service men and women.
We are doing this because:
  • We know that leading a healthy active lifestyle is not only good for you physically – it lifts your mood which improves your emotional state, your relationships, and your resilience
  • We see it as our responsibility to look after our military family
  • We want to facilitate positive transitions from Defence to civilian life
  • We want to help people to maintain the culture of activity and fitness that is core to Defence life well beyond their military careers
  • We want to increase public awareness of the strengths and challenges of our current and ex-service men and women to encourage their support.
What is adaptive sport?
Adaptive sports are those that cater specifically to people with physical or emotional injuries. The RSL/ADF adaptive sports program will offer the following individual and team sports:
Team sports
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • Road cycling
  • Sitting volleyball
 Individual sports
  • Wheelchair tennis
  • Track and field
  • Power lifting
  • Archery
  • Indoor rowing
  • Swimming

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association also offers a fitness and rehabilitation program, a wide range of sporting activities to get involved in, and a LinkUp service, where those interested in adaptive sports but unsure of where or how to get involved can be connected to a suitable program in their area.

We are looking for motivated individuals now. Keen to get involved?
  • If you are not already physically active, start working on your fitness now. If you need some help or guidance, Contact Us for ideas and support 
  • Get up to speed on the rules for your sport of interest 
  • Get your mates and your family involved – we want them to be part of this too.

Through RSL Queensland's partnership with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, veterans who are recovering from physical injury or just wanting to get healthier can access the following health and wellbeing benefits:
  • Individual gym programs
  • Passes to the Sporting Wheelies gym in Bowen Hills, Brisbane
  • Personal training sessions and small group training sessions
  • Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Memberships that enable access to the full range of services provided (highly suitable for those recovering from physical injury)
To enquire about these opportunities available through the partnership with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, please email (please note the opportunities listed are dependant on availability).

Complete an Expression of Interest Form
The program is not just for those who have served or who have an illness or injury
As members of the military family, it is core to our belief systems that we have a responsibility to look after our mates. If you do not have an injury or illness, you can still be involved. We are on the lookout for training buddies, coaches and mentors to be part of the program. Contact us if you’d like to be involved. Families and friends are welcome.   
Our goal is to foster wellness and wellbeing in our military family. We appreciate that different people have different levels of fitness and varying motivators – for some it may just be the boost they need to get off the couch and leave the house; others might aspire to compete for their country.
The high point of the program will not be international competition for everyone, so we encourage you to think of the program in incremental levels of participation as follows:

Our primary hubs for the sporting program will be the Mates4Mates facilities and Soldier Recovery Centres in Brisbane and Townsville.
However, individuals need not be located in these cities to get involved. You can train with others in your local area and we will assist those interested in team sports to get together to train on a regular basis to develop team cultures and tactics.
Links to adaptive sporting organisations
To find out information about organisations that provide adaptive sport and recreation options, and what is happening in your area, visit:

 Queensland Government websiteDisability Sports Australia or Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association

invictus games

While it will not be the end-goal for all, some participants in the adaptive sports program may aspire to be involved in the Invictus Games.
Named after the Latin for "unconquered” the Invictus Games are an international multi-day sporting event for wounded servicemen and women that are championed by Prince Harry and were first held in London in 2014 with subsequent Games held in Orlando in 2016.
The Games inspire recovery and support rehabilitation, not just of the servicemen and women involved, but also for all who witness their physical and mental rehabilitation. They generate awareness, understanding and respect for those who have served their country.
The next Games are scheduled to be held in Toronto in 2017, and Australia is looking to field a team of 40 to 60 athletes. To do this, we need to start recruiting people now.

You will be asked to nominate your preferred sports and to comply with the team’s Code of Conduct.
If you are not quite ready to compete on the world stage in Toronto, you can commence your training journey now, and we can help you work towards a goal of competing in the Invictus Games Sydney in 2018 .