NSW insurer icare and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) hosted a wheelchair basketball challenge that saw them go head-to-head with representatives from Wheelchair Sports NSW, brokers, claims agents, and icare customers.
The friendly game, held under the guidance of three-time Paralympic medallist Sarah Stewart and Wheelchair Sports NSW’s Rik Engles and Catherine Nelson, proved to be a humbling experience for the participants.
“It was an amazing way for those in the workers’ insurance industry to experience first-hand how a person who uses a wheelchair can be enabled and liberated by it, and how it can become an extension of their body,” said Peter Walker, icare’s corporate relationship manager. “The wheelchair basketball challenge was a reminder for all attendees that, as with a person who acquires a disability and achieves sporting excellence, a worker can recover from an injury, return to work, and excel in their workplace and community.”
The event was also participated in by representatives from BUPA, Prysmian Group, AGL, Visy Corporate, Salvation Army, Gow Gates, Gallagher, Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers, and NSW Business Chamber. It is part of icare’s long-running partnership with APC, which, for more than a decade, has provided workplaces access to current and former Paralympians who have been affected by workplace injuries to share their personal stories.