A Dsport spokesperson says having their members (pictured above) engaged in events such as Round the Bays creates a wonderful opportunity to advocate and educate the wider community about disability and disability sport.
“Seeing our members being welcomed into the event and treated the same as everyone else provides us with pride. We believe opportunities such as this help Dsport and our members breakdown the stigma of being ‘disabled’.
“They're not disabled – society creates barriers which disable them. The Round the Bays is an event which doesn't do this – it is enabling and we celebrate this."
Aashif says positive feedback from participants also included an 11-year-old boy who was proud of running his fastest time at the event, and a participant’s mother who says she was heartened her child was able to take part alongside everyone else.
He says the Council is always looking for new organisations to partner with on the LeisureCard scheme.
“We’re especially interested in organisations that support individuals or whānau through interpersonal support from social workers, and also organisations that offer medium-term support – in that there are several meaningful touchpoints with a client, but also some defined wellbeing outcomes that you are working towards,” Aashif says.
LeisureCard members receive a 50 percent discount on casual entry to our swimming pools and recreation centres, and a 20 percent discount to recreation centre programmes, swimming lessons with SwimWell, and Club Active gym memberships and casual classes.
LeisureCard members also receive a quarterly newsletter which shares tips about being active and staying healthy as well as information on upcoming programmes and events around the city.
And Wellington Zoo and Zealandia are currently offering concession rates to LeisureCard members.
For more information visit our LeisureCard webpage, or contact Aashif Sacha by email email@example.com if you want to find out how your organisation can get involved.