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Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion

Project Fact Sheet

In May 2017 Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Inc. were successful recipients of an ILC National Readiness Grant ($81,124.00) from the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver reverse inclusion workshops in schools and universities on the Sunshine Coast to raise awareness of inclusion of able-bodied players in sport that has traditionally been played by people with physical disability.


While a total of 39 projects have been funded across 36 organisations, Suncoast Spinners are the only Queensland based organisation to be funded in this national funding scheme.


The funding has been provided to build capacity to raise community awareness of the abilities of people with disability. This will be achieved by developing SCP capacity and ability to deliver three community services:

  1. large group presentations for schools, universities and community groups
  2. assessment of community facilities suitable for inclusive activities (both able and disabled)
  3. experimental workshops to foster inclusion (game on)

We aim to delivery real change to people with disabilities


Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is all about inclusion of people with disability. It is about creating connections

between people with disability and their communities. One way the NDIA wants to help create those connections is through providing grants to organisations.


Project Managers: Sharon Hill, secretary of Suncoast Spinners;

Bridie Kean, Wheelchair Basketball Dual Paralympic medallist, USC researcher


Workshop leaders:

Steven Elliott – Bronze Medallist, U23 World Championships, USC student

Hannah Dodd – Australian Paralympian Equestrian (London 2012), current member of Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team, USC student

Natalie Palmer – Suncoast Spinners member

Brooke Molinero – Level 2 Wheelchair Basketball coach, USC student

James Hill – Level 2 Wheelchair Basketball coach, USC student

Contact details:


Facts about ‘Reverse Inclusion’ and the ‘Spinners Reverse Inclusion project’


The ILC is all about inclusion of people with a disability and creating connections between people with disability and their communities. The Suncoast Spinners has provided an inclusive pathway for sport for over 12 years and this project will only increase our capacity to continue to do so.


The project will involve 32 reverse inclusion activities, in Queensland. Activities will be conducted with school groups, university groups and community groups.


The Spinners support the inclusion of all, people with and without disabilities, to play wheelchair basketball. Reverse inclusion activities aims to increase the participation of wheelchair basketball around the coast as an all-inclusive sport for all.


Reverse inclusion is a totally inclusive sporting environment where everyone is on an equal sporting playing field. Many people with physical disabilities are restricted from participating in able-bodied team sports. In reverse inclusion, inclusion is created through enabling people to play sport together, regardless of whether they are a person with a disability or an able-bodied person. In this sense, the wheelchair is a piece of sporting equipment.


“Funded by the NDIS through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants”


Who are the Workshops For?

     schools students                                      university                                         community groups








Project Manager – Bridie Kean 

Bridie Kean is an Australian Wheelchair Basketball Paralympic dual medallist. She captained the Australian Gliders Wheelchair Basketball team to a Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and was a member of the bronze medal winning in team in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic games. Throughout her international sporting career Bridie completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland where she developed an interest in physical activity participation for people with disabilities. She is now undertaking a PhD at USC in health promotion and a research scholar Queensland Academy of Sport Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science Research. The aim of Bridie’s PhD research is to examine how Australian Universities can best provide support para-athletes undertaking dual pathways in sport and study.

Bridie is one of the project managers of the Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion initiative. Bridie is passionate about increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in sport and physical activity and considers reverse inclusion to achieve inclusive physical activity in schools. Bridie had both feet amputated after she contracted and survived Meningococcal at age 2. When Bridie was in school she was fiercely competitive and wanted to be engaged in all sports, however, her physical disability reduced her ability to participate in mainstream activities and she spent a lot of time watching from the sidelines. Wheelchair basketball provided her the opportunity to compete in a sport where it was all about ability, rather than being limited by disability.
While Bridie, and many others with physical disabilities, could not compete in mainstream physical activity classes at school, most students can jump in a wheelchair and play and that is what reverse inclusion is about. Bridie will present on the value and opportunities in reverse inclusion activities for increasing access to sport, physical activity and health for people with disabilities.

Workshop Locations

Sunshine Coast and greater region

Past Events

Reverse Inclusion Sunshine Butterflies Workshop

On Monday the 9th October the Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion program saw 20 members and eight staff from Sunshine Butterflies participate in a wheelchair basketball workshop.


 AN INNOVATIVE INCLUSIVE PROJECT delivered through workshops led by Suncoast Spinners Members, Paralympic and world class wheelchair basketball athletes has resulted in over 100 school and university students playing wheelchair basketball at USC Stadium.

The Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion project has flipped the notion of inclusion to create a fully inclusive environment inviting everyone to play wheelchair basketball. It involves the inclusion of people with and without disabilities playing the sport. “Reverse inclusion involves people with and without physical impairments using wheelchairs as a piece of sporting equipment. Because everyone plays in wheelchairs it creates an equal playing field where the focus is all on ability, not disability.” Paralympian Bridie Kean said.

Sunshine Butterflies is a Sunshine Coast based not-for-profit disability services and support organisation, supporting people with disability and their families by promoting health and well-being, independence and inclusion through their programs.

20 Sunshine Butterflies members and 8 staff took to the court alongside Paralympic basketballer Bridie Kean, Australian wheelchair basketballers Hannah Dodd and Steven Elliott and Suncoast Spinners Ben Smith and Natalie Palmer.

The program involved a coach led session by Reverse Inclusion Workshop leader James Hill, before it was time to play. Suncoast Butterflies participants enjoyed the program so much, they have requested it becomes a regular appointment.

A quote from James Hill: “We are getting great feedback from our school groups involved in the program. Everyone is having heaps of fun and improving the more they play”Paralympian Bridie Kean said it was a fantastic event at USC Stadium. “Our project is all about empowerment through sport by creating an inclusive playing field. However, it is also just really fun and great to see our workshop participants loving this amazing game”

Reverse Inclusion Program “Funded by the NDIS through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants”

USC Occupational Therapy Honours Conference 2017.

9:00am to 3:10pm Saturday 7th October 2017,Lecture Theatre 7 Building C Sippy Downs Campus University of the Sunshine Coast

The conference is an exhibition of the research works completed by Honours candidates during the 3rd and 4th years of their occupational therapy studies.
The conference is a chance for local practitioners, researchers, academics and students to connect over a common goal; enhancing the occupational therapy knowledge base and translation of knowledge to practice.
This year’s conference will feature a long oral paper stream for students completing the Honours Research pathway and a poster display for students completing the Honours Project pathway

Thomas Miller: Impacts of a dual academic and elite para-sport program on student athletes and student coaches: A pilot study

Peita-Maree Clark: Perceptions of Australian wheelchair basketball athletes when considering enrolment in a dual academic and elite parasport pathway: A pilot study

Reverse integration in wheelchair basketball



Reverse Inclusion Inter-school Eight week program

Term 3 2017  Maleny State High School and Beerwah State High school Year 7

The Reverse Inclusion Inter-school Eight week program was designed to allow students with disability the opportunity to engage in sport along side fellow class mates. The program was an overwhelming success with three students becoming regular participants in the Suncoast Spinners weekly social program from this initiation into wheelchair basketball.  The quote below is from a student with a physical disability who had his first wheelchair basketball experience through the Reverse Inclusion program.

“Thank you for supporting us in Wheelchair Basketball. It has shown me that there is fun and games in a wheelchair. I thought it sucked till I met you guys. I think everyone from Maleny High is thankful too.”


HOT 91.1 Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Challenge

Wednesday, September 13 a@6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  USC stadium, Sippy Downs,

Free Spectator Event

Hot 91.1 FM Breakfast co-host Sam, Dave and Ash will join Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball club to celebrate Disability Action Week in Celebrity Game. Come along and support Sam, Dave and Ash as they compete against the Sunshine Coast premier wheelchair basketball team, The Suncoast Spinners.

Wheelchair Basketball

On the court there are no differences… wheelchair basketball is a game of six on six and the Suncoast Spinners burn rubber. As part of Disability Action Week, Sam, Dave and Ash from Hot 91 joined the fun. Hilary Ruthven and Amber-louise Sleight went to the University of the Sunshine Coast stadium to check it out.The Spinners play at USC every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. #wheelchairbasketball

Posted by Rosanna Natoli on Thursday, 14 September 2017

Disability and Lifestyle Expo

Thursday 31st August,2017 Tafe QLD, Mooloolaba Campus 10am  -2pm

Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball stand and interactive display,

Bridie Kean guest speaker on Reverse Inclusion @ 10.30am

 Disability Options Day on Monday 11th September 2017

CQUniversity Noosa is hosting a Disability Options Day on Monday 11th September 2017 as part of Disability Action Week. The event is a day for upper high school students and young adults with a disability or special needs and their carers to learn about the options and services available to them as they transition from school to adult life. Come along and see the Suncoast Spinners Interactive stand and listen to Bridie present on Reveres Inclusion.

Reverse Inclusion Spinners Basketball workshop.

24th August 11am -1pm.  USC stadium, Sippy Downs.

Open Day Wheelchair Basketball workshop to celebrate Diversity Week USC stadium 24th August 11am -1pm.

Come alone and have a go at Wheelchair Basketball.




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