WIRAC Aquatic co-ordinator Karen Peters with the centre's latest award, with staff members (from left) Brendan Iles, Carla Frizzell, Julie Fenton, Carla Thornton and Nick Dunne.
WIRAC Aquatic co-ordinator Karen Peters with the centre's latest award, with staff members (from left) Brendan Iles, Carla Frizzell, Julie Fenton, Carla Thornton and Nick Dunne.

Dedication of WIRAC staff acknowledged with community award

WIRAC has been honoured for its dedication to people in the community with a disability.

Staff members travelled to Toowoomba yesterday to accept their Spinal Injuries Association 2012 Inclusive Community Champion Award.

The accolade is designed to recognise those who accept and value the inclusion of all people within a community.

Aquatic co-ordinator Karen Peters said winning was recognition of the staff's dedication to programs aimed at people with disabilities.

"Everybody works really hard to ensure all of our programs are inclusive of all members of the community," she said.

"We offer a variety of wonderful programs and all of our staff are qualified in assisting people with disabilities.

"It is really rare to see a whole staff who are trained in disability services and we are one of the few who are."

Dry area co-ordinator Brendan Iles said it was great to see the centre take out this award, following their receipt of a similar award last year.

He said the hydrotherapy pool was popular with people with spinal injuries, with regulars from Warwick and Stanthorpe using the heated pool for treatment.

Other activities that are popular with people with disabilities are personal training, sports ability, aqua aerobics and canoe polo.

"It is really important for people of all abilities to feel welcome at this facility and the community of Warwick is very lucky to have all of these services under one roof," Mr Iles said.

Any people who are interested in trying out any of the activities on offer for people with disabilities can call the centre on 4661 7955.



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