Year formed 2013/2014 Office-bearers Contact
1972 Chair: Jonathon Tripp
Secretary: Carly Myers
Treasurer: Patrick Keane
Carly Myers
(0430) 231 557
[email protected]

Branch report – March 2014

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well.

The Victorian Branch has started the year off with a bang! So much has happened already and it is only March and there is more to come throughout the year so here goes………..

Shout out…

To Jeff Izatt and the Ocean Grove Snooker Club for their donation of $200. At the recent Ocean Grove weekend Jeff Izatt presented a cheque to the Victorian Branch for $200 raised at the annual Ocean Grove Snooker Club tournament. This is an annual event that has been organised by Jeff Izatt for many years raising money for the SSPA Victorian Branch, a very big thank you goes out to Jeff and his fellow club members at the Ocean Grove Snooker Club.

In most recent news…

Over the Australia Day weekend many events were held to celebrate sports in the SSPA:

Starting off with the Junior Sports Day on Saturday 25th January, even though there was a low attendance during the Come and Try sports clinic, it was enough of a success for the group to plan ahead another sports day later in the year, the date is yet to be confirmed.

Early on Australia Day, Sunday 26th January the team kicked off celebrating their proud achievements at the Games by marching together in the Australia Day Parade, click on this Youtube clip and fast forward it to 11.19mins into it to see them

Later that evening the team, family and friends came together at the Watermark hotel in Docklands to continue the celebrations well into the night. The event even made the Docklands News, click here to read the article

A very big thank you goes out to Rob Millard, Sam Millard, Marg Daly and Margherita Coppolino for organising these events.

Later that week on Wednesday 29th January, the Australian WDG team, families, friends and supporters joined Margherita Coppolino and Ali Ryan at the opening night for their eagerly anticipated ‘A Golden Moment’ photography exhibition featuring the Australian team athletes competing at the WDG 2013.
To view the fantastic photos featuring our athletes and of course the photographers at the Opening Night click here

A Parents Afternoon Tea was held recently at the home of Megan and Leon Lilly, five families were represented there one of which was new, in addition to these five families there was also three Parent Representatives and Robyn, an OT from the RCH. It was discussed at the recent Victorian Branch meeting when it comes time to advertise the next Parent’s Afternoon it will be emphasised that the whole family is invited and encouraged to come along as it is just as important that parents, siblings and even Grandparents are there to share concerns or to ask questions. It was also suggested we create a ‘buddy system’ between older parents and new parents, so the support and connection is stronger and also it will encourage the new parent/s and their families to attend more SSPA events. Another suggestion was to ask a new Parent in a regional area to host the next Parents Afternoon. Thank you to Megan Lilly for organising and hosting the afternoon.

SSPA Victorian Branch Sports update, the SS Spitfires will commence training again but will incorporate other sports into their weekly training schedule to keep the players motivated and the momentum going after the WDG. The team are looking at rejoining the Port Phillip competition; however that will be considered later on in the year.

Preparations for the Albury/Wodonga Sports Weekend are underway this year we may see the inclusion of baseball and softball activities.

Victorian Sports Awards are on the 19th March we are lucky to have some of our WDG athletes nominated for awards: Jonothan Tripp for the Male Sports Award, Ashleigh Hutchins for the Junior Sports Award, Margherita Coppolino for Masters Award and Tanya Huebner for Female Athlete of the Year. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

The Annual Ocean Grove weekend kicked off on Friday 28th February at The Mex for a Mexican fiesta, then onto Saturday where people enjoyed a game of putt, putt then got lost in the maze at Amaze N Games whilst others had a tasting of some fine wine at the Oakdene Winery. Later that evening everyone met up at The Ocean Grove Bowls for dinner and a dance. The following day was spent at the home of Jeff and Carol Izatt sharing a bbq lunch followed by the Victorian Branch meeting. It was a lovely weekend enjoyed by those who attended; a very big thank you goes out to Graci Lynch for organising the activities and the Izatts for hosting the meeting.

At the recent Victorian Branch Meeting a motion was moved for the SSPA Victorian Branch to register as a formal resource of the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) in Geelong for linking to clients wanting to know more about the NDIA and also the SSPA. Recently, we have had an increase in enquires from Support Officers at the NDIA who have clients with short stature so this is a wonderful opportunity for the SSPA to be associated with the NDIA. We are also lucky enough to have Ollie Lynch as a contact at the NDIA as he is working there as a Regional Support Officer in the Physical Neurosensory Team..

Upcoming Events for 2014/2015…

At the recent Victorian Branch meeting, social, medical and fundraising activities for this year were decided upon; however please note these dates and venues are yet to be confirmed:

3rd SSPA Victorian Branch meeting of 2013/2014 – Saturday 10th May: 10am start
3 B’s (Basketball, Boccia and Badminton)  - Weekend Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th May

Trivia Night

Date and time: 10th May 2014, arrivals by 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Where: St Mary’s Primary School Hall, via the car park off McCrae St, Dandenong. There will be someone in the carpark area to direct people to the hall.
Cost: $15 per head
BYO Nibbles and Drinks.


Graci Lynch email: [email protected]
Charli Worgan ph: email: [email protected]

Donations of items for prizes: If you would like to donate items to be handed out as prizes on the night please contact Graci or Charli (as above).

Upcoming events for the rest of 2014

SSPA Victorian Branch Annual Gala Dinner  - Saturday 5th July

4th SSPA Victorian Branch meeting of 2013/2014 – Sunday 31st August at 11am

SSPA Victorian Branch AGM – Sunday 31st August at 2pm

1st SSPA Victorian Branch meeting of 2014/2015  - Sunday 9th November at 2pm

Adult’s Christmas Party – Saturday 29th November

Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday 30th November

*Please note, there is a discussion around holding both Christmas parties on the same day to encourage the parents who attend the Children’s Christmas party earlier in the day to come along to the Adults Christmas party in the evening.

Planned events for 2015

New parent’s get together at ‘Zoo Twilights’ – January/February 2015 at the Royal Melbourne Zoo

SSPA Medical Conference weekend – Labour Day weekend in March 2015

Next meeting…

3rd SSPA Victorian Branch meeting of 2013/2014, Saturday 10th May, breakfast meeting starting at 10am, venue to be confirmed

Warmest regards,
Carly Myers
SSPA Victorian Branch Secretary

For further information and enquiries about Victorian Branch activities check the Victorian Branch website at

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