Grant success has RDA riding high

STATE and national meets are now on the agenda for members of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Tasmania thanks to a $4,500 grant through the 2018 State Grants Program.

The funding will also be used to assist with accreditation and training for the association’s coaches.

The RDA enables people with disabilities to experience enjoyment, a challenge and sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities to improve their quality of life, attain personal goals and develop life skills.

State coaching coordinator and acting RDA president Claudia Nevah said she was “thrilled” with the funding.

She said it would help send five RDA coaches from around Tasmania to Victoria for the biennial RDA National Coaches Workshop later in the year.

“It is incredibly important for our coaches to attend this event as it is an opportunity to learn from national and international RDA experts, including horse behavioural scientists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists,” she said.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer recently visited the RDA in Lenah Valley to announce the successful grant.

“I have valued the wonderful work of RDA for many years so it is a great pleasure to be able to provide this funding to assist them to continue with the great work they do,” Ms Archer said.

The State Grants Program provides grants of up to $60,000 to state sporting organisations, disability sporting organisations, active recreation providers and state sector service providers.

Prospective applicants are advised to contact Communities, Sport and Recreation within the Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding eligibility.

Caption: From left, Jorge Charre, Lily riding Amy, Sara Reynolds and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.

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