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In 2019, Softball Australia introduced a new disability sport with their Social Indoor Wheelchair Softball competition at Casey Stadium, Cranbourne,Victoria. This new version of softball was created by Softball Australia's Club and Community Development Officer Tim Hatzi, in conjunction with Softball Victoria, Casey Softball, DSR and YMCA. You can read more about the indoor wheelchair softball competition here

With the success of indoor wheelchair softball and the sport gaining momentum, players were looking into what other countries such as the USA and Japan were doing with wheelchair softball. This lead to the discovery of the National Wheelchair Softball Association (NWSA) in USA and also the Japan Wheelchair Softball Association (JWSA) in Japan. The NWSA has been playing wheelchair softball tournaments and competitions since 1976 whilst Japan started in 2013. The International Wheelchair Softball Federation (IWSF) has helped establish wheelchair softball in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ghana, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea and USA utilising rules and regulations developed by the NWSA.

Wheelchair Softball Australia (WSA) is working very closely with the IWSF and the NWSA as well as Softball Australia, Softball Victoria and Casey Softball to establish tournaments and competitions here in Australia. With the rules and regulations being the same used by all international associations, WSA is about giving players with physical disabilities the opportunity to travel and play wheelchair softball overseas, representing Australia. 

The WSA is hopeful to have tournaments in place in the not too distance future. Be sure to check our website regularly for updates or send us an email using our contact page here

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