It is with great sadness that I advise members of the passing of Stephen Brown, a long-term and staunch supporter of the Primary Club and our ideals. Stephen served the Club for forty years, serving as a Vice President, an active Committee Member and a frequent attendee, along with wife Pip, at Club functions. His funeral was held at Macquarie Park at 11:30am on Friday 7th June. Pip and the family have advised that donations be made to the Primary Club’s charity trust, in lieu of flowers.
If you wish to make a donation, you may do so on-line using Visa or MasterCard at www.trybooking.com/BAEI, or simply send a cheque to the Primary Club, PO Box 783, Pennant Hills NSW 1715.
May he rest in peace.
James Maxwell AM, President
The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Inaugural Special Olympics Australia cricket tournament over the 9-10 February 2013.
The event included an opening ceremony on the Friday night and two games of 20/20 cricket as part of the competition. On Saturday night, the athletes did a lap of honour on the historic Adelaide Oval during the dinner break of the Ryobi Cup one-day cricket match between South Australia and Victoria.
All athletes and team supporters were accommodated together at the TAFE International Accommodation.
Special Olympics South Australia worked closely with the South Australian Cricket Association to ensure the tournament was a success and it is hoped this will become an annual competition.
The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team says it was a wonderful time for their athletes and carers. The boys performed admirably and won the bronze medal. They defeated ACT and SA, but lost narrowly to QLD and VIC and was still in the mix for gold up to the last match.
The cricket kit The Primary Club of Australia funded was well appreciated and all that used the equipment commented on the quality of this new gear. The photos below show the team in their team uniforms over the weekend.
Neville Bajzath, NSW State Development Manager, Special Olympics Australia
To make an online donation to the Primary Club’s Charities Trust and help kids and adults with a disability live their dream of playing sport and experiencing regular exercise, using your Visa and Mastercard, simply click on
The Primary Club of Australia Inc
An organisation providing sporting and recreational facilities for people with disabilities.
Registered Charity No. CFN 10757
ABN No. 88 136 792 377
The Primary Club of Australia Inc
PO Box 783
Pennant Hills NSW 1715
phone: (02) 9980-2525
(please contact the office if you need to fax anything to the Primary Club of Australia).
Since the first Test Match between Australia and England in 1877, there have been countless occasions where batsmen have fallen first ball – the dreaded Golden Duck.
When the Primary Club of Australia took up the challenge to raise money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities in 1974 – we looked to the dreaded Australian Golden Duck as an opportunity to raise this money.
37 years later - the Primary Club of Australia is again creating a new challenge – this time involving cricket teams from around Australia, coming together to raise money for the Primary Club of Australia through your Golden Ducks.
The 2011-12 Cricket season is upon us, and The Primary Club’s President, ABC Commentor and cricket legend, Jim Maxwell, invites all players across to country to come together in the event that a team mate scores a Golden Duck and has a whip around in the name of unfortunate player for the Primary Club of Australia.
Certificates will be available in the last week of September to present to the player.
Donations will initially be available via Paypal – the link will be available from the 19th September.
Playground helps kids learn
BY SALLY LEE
21 Jun, 2011 01:12 PM
IT WAS out with the old and in with the new for Aspect Western Sydney School in Wetherill Park.
Students and staff from the school are enjoying new and improved play equipment which allows “a bit of time out” says co-ordinator Tina-Louise Angus.
Last year the school received more than $58,000 from the Primary Club of Australia, a charity that helps other registered charities purchase sporting and recreational equipment and resources for people with a disability.
“I was ready to rock’n'roll once we got the funding,” Ms Angus said.
“With the donation we were able to renovate and revamp the old playground which had 1980s-style equipment.”
Convenor of the charity committee of the Primary Club of Australia, Lindy Stuart, said the new playground and equipment not only gave the children a physical activity space but it was also “specifically designed and chosen to engage children with autism”.
“Its aim was to provide a safe and functional outdoor learning environment to be used for sensory development and for the development of social skills, life skills and gross motor skills,” she said.
“The ultimate goal of the Aspect Western Sydney School is for students to progress to the point where they can move on to an Aspect satellite class and then move to the mainstream school system.
“Social and communication skills are integral to cope in this system and an inviting and challenging playground supports their ability to develop these skills.”
The school caters for pupils aged four to 16.
The Primary Club were thrilled to be able donate on behalf of the members of our charity – special playground equipment to the Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park – a school that provides specialised evidence-based programs for children aged 4 to 16 with autism spectrum disorder, who require an autism-specific program.
Aspect builds confidence and capacity in people with ASD, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services. The primary focus of the schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to transition into more inclusive settings and caters for approximately 113 students across the Western and South Western Sydney Region.
The Primary Club has made donations to many Aspect schools, which provide educational facilities for children who have autism spectrum disorder. Like The Primary Club, Aspect is a not for profit provider, who provide Australia’s largest education services to these needy children and their families.
Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas
A great article in the Narooma News
[link was not working in August 2012 but the article is recreated below].
Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas
Sir Roden agreed enthusiastically back in 1998 to lend his name to this special award, which the Primary Club and its members choose to present to an athlete or administrator who has performed an extraordinary service to his/her sport on behalf of people with disabilities.
As part of the award, the awardee now receives a grant of $20,000 for recreational facilities for the sport of his/her choosing.
Ame said she would dedicate the money to the Access Dinghy Foundation and Sailability NSW, both of which had helped her immensely over her 15 years of sailing.
She was also pleasantly surprised to get a call from world champion surfer Layne Beachley recently who told her she was chosen for a $3000 Aim for the Stars grant.
Ame continues to regularly train up Sydney with her sailing partner Lindsay Mason and they are set to fly off to Weymouth, England on May 26.
Ame will compete in the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in the first week of June and then in July she will compete in the 2011 World Championships, which is the qualifying event for the Paralympics.
There she has beat the other two Australian SCUD teams in order to qualify for the Paralympics.
Past winners and Ame’s story
Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include Michael Milton (skiing) in 2001 and Kurt Fearnley (wheelchair marathon) in 2006.
Ame’s story is a truly remarkable one.
Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg.
She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime.
Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
In her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.”
To get involved or help out with funding, contact Ame at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Primary Club of Australia donation of $57,000 to build a playground for the Mary Brooksbank School
Last year The Primary Club of Australia donated $57,000 to build a playground for the Mary Brooksbank School in Rosemeadow.
The school provides educational programs for 70 students aged between 4 and 18 years with moderate to severe physical, intellectual and behavioural disabilities. In the last few years the school population increased markedly and the primary aged children only had a playground without any form of play equipment. The photos taken on the opening of the playground show how excited the children were to have their own area to play in with such interesting and brightly coloured equipment.
We also donated $28,000 to the MS Studdy Centre at Lidcombe to provide special TV sets for the MS sufferers who attend the centre for long treatment periods. These TV sets were installed in 12 rooms and we were told the patients stayed up into the early morning watching TV when they were first installed as with visual impairment they had not been able to watch TV previously.
Autism Australia (Aspect) also benefited from The Primary Club’s donations. We built a playgrounds with softfall surfacing and fencing for two of their special schools at a cost of more than $100,000.
We have received applications totalling over $66,000 since the beginning of this year so we need our members to help by attending our functions and renewing their subscriptions!
Ryan Harris … A king pair !!! Two golden ducks in the one test … Ouch! Only the second Australian to make a king pair in Test cricket. Who was the other?
The good news that this will raise over $10,000 for charities like Disabled winterSport Australia and play equipment for Aspect who do great work with children who have autism.
Funding of $55,000 was provided for indoor and outdoor fitness equipment as part of the school’s Healthy Life Style/ Healthy Living Program. This equipment is to promote active, challenging fitness and climbing facilities for 55 students in years 7 to 12.
A Synthetic Turf Softfall was also installed to provide a safe ground covering for the playground.