National Seminar for Inclusion 2023
Theme: Creating Opportunities and Choice
The National Seminar for Inclusion has been a place of great learning and sharing whilst highlighting and discussing areas of importance in sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities in Ireland. Active Disability Ireland hosted the 2023 National Seminar for Inclusion on the 29th November in the Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise, the first event following a rebrand in mid-2023. The theme was around ‘Creating Opportunities & Choice’, which was derived from one of the themes in Active Disability Ireland’s new 4-year strategy. Over 200 delegates from across the sport, health, education & community sectors attended this sold-out event, all focused on increasing and improving opportunities for people with disabilities to be active.
Active Disability Ireland were delighted to have Fergus Farrell as the keynote speaker. On the back of his latest ‘Toughest Trek’ challenge, which saw him complete 5 marathons across 4 days, Fergus inspired the audience about the impact that self-determination had on his spinal cord injury recovery. He will shared how his ‘second chance of life’ has given him the opportunity to pass on his message about the importance of being physically active and that there is no limit to what you can achieve.
Johnny Quaid is a close friend of Active Disability Ireland and was recently announced as an ambassador for the organisation.
Johnny has many impressive sporting achievements over the last 17 years, such as establishing the first wheelchair basketball senior team in Kerry and representing Ireland at the World Pool Championship. He recently travelled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Irish delegation to take part in the Para-Olympia. Johnny brough many personal insights the seminar as he told his story and reflected on the impact of organisations offering choice for participation to people with disabilities.
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