Sport NSW Launches At Home Workout Series Featuring Blind Sports NSW Athlete, Tyan Taylor

Published Mon 15 Jun 2020

Active Ability Series
By People with a Disability, For People with a Disability

Sport NSW recently announced the launch of its home Active Ability workout series for people with disabilities. When COVID-19 forced social isolation, especially for the at-risk community, Sport NSW felt compelled to lead in this space. During the early stages of COVID-19, Sport NSW Disability Inclusion Manager and Blind Sports NSW Chief Executive Officer, Murray Elbourn, identified a lack of online disability specific content despite the increasing general online exercise options for able-bodied people. In collaboration with Healthstin head Exercise Physiologist, Rachelle Sultana, and the team from Hustle Media who combined forces with eight incredible NSW-Australian physical, sensory and intellectual disability athletes, Sport NSW created The Active Ability sessions.


The series features a 10-minute introductory, 15-minute intermediate and 30-minute sport participant level version that are specifically designed for the following disabilities:

            - Low Vision/Blindness                                 - Quadriplegia

            - Hard of Hearing/Deafness                         - Paraplegia

            - Autism                                                           - Acquired Brain Injury

            - Cerebral Palsy                                              - Down Syndrome


The athlete representative for the low vision videos is NSW and Australian Goalball player, Tyan Taylor.


Murray and Rachelle hope that having sessions specifically designed for each disability by an athlete representing that disability will encourage greater participation post COVID-19 and build awareness around the lack of current options across the space. Murray will now promote this series to NDIS Delivery Organisations and conduct disability spectrum training to Health, Education, Government, Sport and Community providers.


Healthstin Head Exercise Physiologist, Rachelle Sultana, is enthusiastic around the opportunity to create social boot camps from this series. Those boot camps will combine physical workouts plus a degree of social capacity building to improve physical and mental wellbeing for disability participants.


This sessions will assist to improve NDIS plan discussions and encourage the greater disability community to get physical! The full range of videos can be viewed at Sport NSW YouTube - Active Ability Series, with specific Vision Impaired videos featured below.