The SSPA National Sports Weekend began back in 1995 purely to provide another opportunity for the State of Origin basketball clash to take place between NSW and Victoria. Attended by about 30 people, the weekend saw Victoria claim a 25–18 victory to win the Rosemary Hobbs Trophy for the fourth time. Since 1996, the weekend has evolved into the second largest event on the SSPA’s annual national calendar, with numbers of attendance in the 80’s. Today, this weekend aims to provide competitive and fun sporting opportunities for all across a variety of sports and for all abilities. And this year, we will celebrate our 21st year.
For full details about the Weekend, including registration and itinerary, check it out here.
At the 2014 Convention, it was announced that the 48th SSPA Convention will be held in Perth, Western Australia at the beautiful Woodman Point Recreation Camp which has its own pristine beach and is just 8km south of Fremantle in October 2015. The announcement took the form of a presentation by the Western Australian Branch Committee to the members present. More details will be forthcoming.
The SSPA, together with our Founder, Rosemary Hobbs, and our Patron, Tina Zeleznik, mourn the loss of Stella Young – a high profile disability activist, a teacher, a comedian, a leader, a sister, a daughter, a friend – who passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 32.
We, along with the rest of the world are shocked and saddened by Stella’s passing. We are farewelling a friend, a confidant, a role model, a mentor. To say that Stella lived life to the fullest would be an understatement – she was an energetic, vibrant young woman who lit up any room she entered. She loved to party and when she reached out to you – you just wanted more. Her willingness to always add her unmatched voice and humour to issues involving short stature will forever ring in our ears.
Stella, thank you for the love, the tears and the advice on facing our fears.
Thank you for showing the world how to tackle the unachievable over these fast years.
Vale Stella Young,
Forever in our hearts.
Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go to Stella’s family and friends – we wish them every strength to get through this difficult time.
A public memorial service for Stella will be held on Friday 19th December at 11am at the Melbourne Town Hall (City).
The service will be simulcast live at Fed Square on ABC News 24, and on digital radio 774 ABC Victoria.
SSPA Victoria just launched their own Facebook Page – search “SSPA Victoria” to view the page. Please ‘like’ if you wish to receive updates and notifications about all State Branch events.
Whilst you’re searching, don’t forget that SSPA Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia all have their own Facebook Pages.
At the 47th SSPA AGM held in South Australia, a new National Council has been elected.
Congratulations to the following newly-appointed SSPA National Council members:
President: Sam Millard (Victoria)
Vice-President: Linda Henderson (NSW)
Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (New South Wales)
Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (Victoria)
Overseas Liaison Officer: Samantha Lilly (Victoria)
Journal Editor: Tony Munro (New South Wales)
Membership Secretary: Vicki Fallon (New South Wales)
Sports Coordinator: Kobie Donovan (Queensland)
Suzanne Franklin (Western Australia)
Sandra Lundie (North Queensland)
Leisa Prowd (Victoria)
Sarah Darkin (Tasmania)
Michael Blair (New South Wales)
Trish Pinnell (South Australia)
Meredith Young (Victoria)