Carers WA and Screenwest are excited to present Filming our Future, a 15-part disability-led short documentary series produced by Joined Up Films. The series made its world premiere on YouTube on Wednesday, 23 February.
Following 19 storytellers who live with disability, or care for someone that does, the disability-led short documentary aims to ensure individuals, families and friends in caring roles have the best opportunity to thrive.
The storytellers shed light on their experiences with their respective community sporting clubs. They discuss how physical activity and inclusion have provided opportunities for forging friendships, improving health and learning new skills. It also highlights their capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.
The series highlights the current involvement of people living with disability and what a more inclusive and accessible future should look like. All the while tying into the theme Filming our Future: ‘Our Choice, Our Voice, Our Way’.
The community sporting clubs featured include the Swan Districts Football Club, Subiaco’s Peak Trampoline, Ballroom Fit, Ascot Kayak Club, North Beach Football Club, Starfish Nippers, Swan Districts Football Club, exercise physiologists Range of Motion, SouthWest Judo Academy in Rockingham and Star Blasters Cricket in Kingsley.
Cooper attends Starfish Nippers, a modified lifesaving skills program designed specifically for children and young adults with disability. Cooper is living with selective mutism and autism, he is one of their star participants.
Stephen Donovan is a retired swimming champion who has represented Australia at an international level. He is now keeping active by attending Range of Motion, a health facility that supports people of all abilities in a wide range of disciplines and sports.
Ballroom Fit is a dance school that specialises in dance for people with disability. Bridie is living with a vision impairment and attended a a trial class a number of years back. She has been dancing ever since.
North Beach Football Club hosts an integrated football comptetion that is open to players with disability. Their coach, Peter, works with them to improve their independence, well-being, self-esteem and life skills of all the players.
The Ascot Kayak Club is taking a new focus on athletes with a physical disability. Mark Daniels, who has a physical disability himself, helps run the program. It enables athletes access to the water to learn a new skills in an inclusive environment.
Kylie Forth is the Skipper of the Lost At See Blind Sailing Team and has represented Australia at 13 World and International blind sailing championships. Her dream is to create a blind sailing development program to introduce more people with vision impairments to the joy of sailing.
Cory Crombie suffered a spinal cord injury at 14 years old doing the sport he loved, BMX. After the accident he knew that sport was his life so he stayed focused and looked for another sport to invest in. That's when he took up wheelchair basketball and racing.
No Limits Judo offers people with diverse needs the opportunity to participate as productive and respected members of the club. As a result, young judo masters like Michael & Bailey have been able to attend the program and thrive.
Caitlin Dransfeild plays para-badminton for Australia. She has right-sided Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy and wants to be a role model for all the young people with disabilities.
Powerchair football is a form of soccer for athletes who use power wheelchairs. Jason and Rebecca showcase the possibilities and opportunities that the sport bring to players. They also speak about the opportunity it has offered to develop a whole new support network and even travel interstate.
Melissa is Corwin's Mum and carer and speaks about how the Star Blaster cricket program has impacted her son's involvement in the sport. The program is tailored from the mainstream Cricket Australia Program for kids with disability.
Luke is a young man living with autism who absolutely loves sports. Last year he began working out at a local gym with his mentor Marcus who is a former Commonwealth Games wrestler. Whilst he was there he saw the other wrestlers training and decided to give it a go.
Peak Trampolining offers a range of recreational classes and programs designed to enhance overall fitness. Participants have the opportunity to grow in confidence as well as in physical agility and ability.
Wheelchair Football is a fun, tactical and inclusive game that Toby has grown to know and love. Toby has cerebral palsy which affects his legs but with wheelchair football he is always in the game.