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A WASP nest to call home

Nov 1, 2013

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The Western Electric Sporting Association (WESA) team, the WESA Wasps celebrated their official opening of newly renovated clubroom – named the ‘Wasps nest’ – at Rocky Bay by hosting a sundowner with family, friends, Rocky Bay staff and board members.

Featuring a stunning wasp mural, the new clubroom facilities located in the gymnasium at Rocky Bay Mosman Park makes the WESA Wasps one of the only wheelchair sports organisations in Australia to have a permanent place to gather and hold games.

WESA President Ranil Ratnayeke started the formal proceedings by thanking Rocky Bay on behalf of the WESA Wasps for funding support and assistance with funding applications for equipment such as scoreboards. After the speeches and unveiling of the plaque, the WESA Wasps treated those in attendance to an exhibition match of soccer.

The newly redeveloped clubroom is named after Adam Hart – a national hero in electric wheelchair sports, captain of the WA team for twelve years and coach for three. Although unable to attend in person, a speech prepared by Adam Hart was read out by another former Wasps player and coach Hayden Stevens, “I am humbled and privileged by the honour of having the WESA clubroom named after me. I sincerely thank everybody involved”.

Electric wheelchair sports are an important avenue for wheelchair users, particularly those with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, to connect socially increasing teamwork, discipline and self esteem. If you’ve never seen the WESA Wasps in action you can see them training every Wednesday in the Rocky Bay gymnasium.

For more information about wheelchair sports, contact WESA Secretary Carol Steele-Butler on 0400 340 449 or [email protected].

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WESA President Ranil Ratnayeke presenting a framed photograph to Rocky Bay chairman Rob Gray

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The Wasps during an exhibition match of soccer 
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Hayden Stevens speaking on behalf of Adam Hart

 

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