WADSA and etrainu partner to deliver training and enhance the lives of people with disability

November 27, 2023

The West Australian Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) has partnered with etrainu to deliver training to support workers across Western Australia to enhance the support and services for people with disability.

With over 40 years of experience, WADSA is the peak body for the participation of people with disability in sports and recreation in Western Australia, providing a range of services to its member organisations. WADSA delivers a range of participation opportunities to people with disability and advocates for people with disability within the community.

Traditionally, WADSA has primarily focused on face-to-face delivery of training for support workers. However, WADSA decided to venture into the world of eLearning to shift this training online to better serve the needs of WADSA’s vibrant community. This move created an opportunity to expand their reach and accessibility while simultaneously striving for more inclusion.

etrainu, as experts in online education solutions, were perfectly positioned to meet the needs of WADSA. 

Conor Mahady, CEO of WADSA, said, “WADSA is excited to announce our partnership with etrainu, which will open the door to a range of new opportunities. The move to a dynamic online platform is driven by our commitment to expand our support worker network and to enrich the access of people with disabilities to participate in sports and recreational activities within our community, with a particular focus on reaching regional areas of WA.”

“We’re pleased to welcome WADSA onboard to the etrainu platform,” said Rob Flude, etrainu's Senior Customer Success Manager. “WADSA and etrainu are both passionate about delivering exceptional experiences to the community, so we’re excited to have an opportunity to help WADSA expand their resources and reach remote areas, thereby making training more accessible and boosting the capacity of the workforce.”

An opportunity for growth and development

Initially, WADSA plans to release five courses concentrated on disability awareness and inclusion, with a focus on what this will look like in sports and recreation. The courses will explore general disability awareness and the modifications or adaptations that can be made to foster genuine inclusion and enable people with disability to participate in sports and recreational activities fully. WADSA also intends to expand the content library in the future, with a focus on online workshops and inclusion for sport and recreation clubs.

The courses will be rolled out to the broader Australian audience, initially targeting regionally-based support workers. In doing so, this will help boost the capabilities of support workers.

Through the etrainu platform and online courses, WADSA aims to enhance the learning experience and better engage their membership base. Additionally, WADSA seeks to use the training to deliver improved services to participants, increase visibility in the sector, and attract and develop skilled support workers to attend its exciting 3-night, 4-day Xperiences, delivered around WA. 

The partnership between WADSA and etrainu represents a significant step towards promoting inclusivity and accessibility—creating a meaningful impact on the lives of people with disability.


The West Australian Disability Sports Association (WADSA) is the peak body for the participation of people with disability in sports and recreation in Western Australia.

Established in the 1980s and with over 40 years of experience, WADSA has 35 member organisations, which deliver a range of different sports and recreational activities across WA. 

WADSA’s vision is that people with disability are empowered to participate in sport and recreation. 

About etrainu

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‍Founded in 2007, etrainu has grown to over 2 million learners benefitting from hundreds of industry-tailored courses.‍

‍etrainu has partnered with some of the largest sports organisations in the world, including US Youth Soccer (USYS), American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), PGA Tour, Hockey Australia, Gymnastics Australia, and Surf Life Saving Australia.

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