Management Committee

Priya Cooper
Priya Cooper

President

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John Otago
John Otago

Vice President

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Ted Anderson-Delegate
Ted Anderson-Delegate

Delegate

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Dereck Mahady
Dereck Mahady

Managing Director

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Edward Pawlak
Edward Pawlak

Treasurer

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Our Mission

Through participation in Sport & Recreation, WADSA enhances the lives of People with a Disability in WA. This extends to Families, Staff, Volunteers, Support Workers and the Community.

 

 

Our Values

Empowerment

We want to help you to succeed.

Innovation

We think outside the box.

Leadership

We are here to lead by example.

Passion

Passionate people perform.

Collaboration

We work together to achieve success.

Respect

We treat people how they want to be treated.

History of WADSA

WADSA was incorporated in 1983 and received charity registration in 1984 and has renewed this charitable status currently. The organisation was established with government guidance and assistance to encourage cooperation, collaboration and organisation from the various disability welfare agencies, including the Authority of Intellectually Handicapped, Blind Association of WA, and the Association for Cerebral Palsy to name a few.

In the early 80’s a few passionate West Australians including people with disabilities, recreation officers, representatives from disability agencies, together with independent community leaders produced a constitution for the now West Australian Disabled Sports Association Inc (WADSA). Incorporated in 1983 and registered as a charity in 1984. WADSA was established with government guidance to encourage cooperation and collaboration between various disability agencies, including the Authority of Intellectually Handicapped, Blind Association of WA, and the Association for Cerebral Palsy among others.

On behalf of what is now 30 member clubs, we have focused on the needs of our membership, broader community needs building an identity around Sport and Recreation for people with disabilities across WA.

WADSA has advocated across government and the community, focused on participation, enabling National and International representation for WA athletes, including the WAIS disability program, supporting State Sporting Associations and mainstream providers to establish inclusive opportunities.

WADSA has always been flexible and responsive, such as expanding across regional areas, developing our expertise into sport and recreation for those with high support needs, and now as a successful NDIS provider we deliver unique Xperiences across WA.

Our Dedicated Team

Conor Mahady
Conor Mahady

General Manager

Conor joined WADSA after completing a bachelor of education and has been involved in numerous roles. As GM, he continues to work closely with the board and staff across the organisation. A passionate Liverpool FC supporter and proud father, Conor loves nothing more than spending a week on Rotto with his family.

Hannah Franklin
Hannah Franklin

Executive Officer - Partnerships and Development

Hannah is the NDIS go-to person in the office. The UK native holds a degree in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles (BSc), spending eight years in Sports Development. Hannah moved to sunny Perth in 2010 and loves a trip to the south-west.

Michelle Colthart
Michelle Colthart

Director of Development

Michelle works closely with our members, and is an expert on policy and procedures. Michelle is an expert on policy and procedures. Working with WADSA for over 20 years, she has a background in Human Movement, Dip Ed and a Master of Counselling. Ever the nature lover, Micky loves to keep active in the outdoors with her husband and children.

Sarah Michell
Sarah Michell

Senior Development Consultant

Sarah worked as a secondary teacher before joining WADSA, where she's become a C.A.N expert, coordinating and delivering a wide range of projects. She's heavily involved with developing women's football in WA and loves spending time with her young son (sometimes in Bali).

Kate O’Mara
Kate O’Mara

Senior Development Officer

With her sports science degree and ability to never forget a name or face, Kate has become our go-to person for all community sport and recreation providers. She's a mad West Coast Eagles fan, a parmie connoisseur, and Kate's dog Rhodes is her world.

Dot Shipard
Dot Shipard

Development Officer

Dot received an OAM for her community building in disabled sport and recreation in her hometown of Kalgoorlie. Our Xperiences expert, she is also the WA chair for the Special Olympics, with which she has volunteered for over 30 years. Dot is an avid softball player and doting grandmother.

Rob Campos
Rob Campos

Development Officer

Rob has always loved sport and is a die-hard Liverpool FC supporter. He worked in the field as a qualified mental health nurse for many years, and at WADSA he's heavily involved in equipment design and delivery. Rob is a father to three young boys which keeps him busy.

Alyssia Napoli
Alyssia Napoli

Senior Development Officer

Alyssia was an education assistant for special needs children before joining WADSA, where she now specialises in high support needs and project delivery. A proud mum of two and social media gun, she loves to eat at new places (ask her for foodie Instagram inspo!)

Nyree Babich
Nyree Babich

Office Administrator

Our office IT guru and office problem solver, Nyree has been part of the WADSA team for over 30 years. Known in the office as "Babs", she adores travel, having explored Madrid, Norway and Croatia to name a few. In her own time, Babs runs the Boccia Rebels.

Sharon Solomon
Sharon Solomon

Finance Officer

A whizz with a spreadsheet, Sharon is the office finance expert and key to making project budgets work and overcoming funding obstacles. A passionate Dockers supporter, she loves watching footy games, going to the beach and walking her golden retriever.

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