Disability Sport & Recreation Festival
Our annual celebration of physically active lifestyles for people with disability.
The City of Melbourne is proud to support the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival. We encourage people to keep active and try something new. Now that we can enjoy getting together in a COVID-safe way, the festival offers Victorians with and without disability the chance to experience accessible and inclusive sport and recreation activities.
Visitors can try a range of inclusive sports, meet Paralympians and watch teams compete in the AFL Wheelchair Corporate Challenge. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a highlight of the program, with more than 100 police and Special Olympics athletes running from the Victoria Police Centre to the festival site.
Data shows people with a disability are 40% less likely to be active than people without a disability, which is why this festival is so important to Melbourne. A liveable city must be an accessible city and we are committed to making sport and active recreation opportunities inclusive for everyone.
With three activity zones showcasing a range of modified sports, and information available about community programs, the festival is an excellent celebration of physically active lifestyles for all.
Congratulations to the organisers and I wish all involved a successful festival.
Inclusive, family-friendly and a lot of fun!
The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival began in 2010 and promotes and celebrates physically active lifestyles for people of all abilities on International Day of People with Disability each year.
It offers Victorians with, and without, disability the opportunity to explore and experience accessible and inclusive sport and recreation through hands-on activities and information sharing.
Activities commence at 10am and end at 2pm. We look forward to celebrating International Day of People with Disability with you!
3 December 2021
10.00AM - 2.00PM
What to expect at our festival
In 2019, 48% of festival attendees surveyed said they had found a new sport or recreational activity to take part in.
There will be approximately 20 exhibitors and three activity zones where you can try different inclusive sport and recreational activities and learn about programs you can get involved within your community. Other perks include meeting Paralympians and ambassadors, tuning into the Vision Australia live broadcast and witnessing the Flame of Hope light the cauldron at the finish point of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Come and celebrate International Day of People with Disability by getting active!
There will be photographers at the event. Please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed or have any issues with flash photography.
Please click here for accessibility information at the 2021 VDSR Festival.
Getting to the festival
Please click here for information on how to get to the 2021 VDSR Festival.
Please click here for the list of exhibitors at the 2021 VDSR Festival.
Please click here for the activity schedule at the 2021 VDSR Festival.
Due to COVID-19 health considerations, attendees must register for a ticket as per State Government guidelines so that we have details for contact tracing and don't go over the capacity limits.
We will be providing a Service Victoria QR code for checking in and a manual sign-in option for those without smartphones. You will need to bring proof of your double vaccinated status and we ask that you not attend if you have COVID symptoms or have been to an exposure site (Tier 1).
Thank you for understanding.
We will provide hand sanitiser. While masks will not be compulsory outdoors by this time, we do recommend bringing one with you due to it being a high-density area and some attendees potentially being immunocompromised.
NDIStv's festival experience
NDIStv visited the festival in 2016. Look at what you can expect to see at the festival and learn why being active and finding the right sport for you is important.
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