WheelTalk sessions were delivered to more than 50 kids as part of the Y School holiday programs at the Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub.

The WheelTalk sessions featured aspiring Paralympian Peter Ogunyemi, who showcased the talents and achievements of individuals with disabilities.


It was great to see the kids so enthusiastic about the WheelTalk program, so much so that they did not want to get out of the chairs at the end of the day! Peter Ogunyemi, Paralympian

Peter is looking forward to returning to the Y for future WheelTalk sessions and hopes to continue expanding the program so that more students can experience disability sports.

WheelTalk combines unique stories of lived disability with the opportunity to play Wheelchair AFL, Wheelchair Basketball, or Wheelchair Rugby. Peter inspired the kids with his story, aimed at educating the community on disability rights and inclusivity.

Nothing will stop me from achieving my ultimate goal in life. Not my disability, race nor religion. My goal is set, and I'm locked in with all I have to achieve it. Peter Ogunyemi, Paralympian

Kids aged 10 –16 experienced the unique interactive program, participating in a fun day of wheelchair sports and encouraging them to think about diversity, acceptance and disability – with a primary focus on inclusion.

The WheelTalk program provides a platform for people to learn about the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities, and to help people in the community with a disability become healthier, happier and better connected.

The Disability Sport and Recreation program will be delivered throughout 2023 at Boroondara Sports Complex to local schools and community groups as part of the Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub. If your school or community group is interested in participating in the program, please contact Disability Sport and Recreation.

YMCA Victoria acknowledges the support of Access for All Abilities, an initiative of the Victorian Government.

To find out more about WheelTalk.

Community groups, sporting clubs, and service providers wanting to bring a new program to the Boroondara Disability Sports Hub are encouraged to contact the Y.