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Gym for the Disabled

Date Published: 27/05/2011 

This article is taken from the "InMyCommunity" website.

Imran Ariff... thrilled with the benefits.Picture: Dominique Menegaldo 

NEW equipment at the YMCA Morley Sport and Recreation Centre is making gym workouts more accessible for people with disabilities.

Known as a Gymran, the custom-built adjustable machine allows users to carry out a range of different exercises.

University of WA students and the Dreamfit Foundation developed the equipment for the Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Imran Ariff – a gym user with cerebral palsy.

YMCA Morley manager Peter Kuzich said he hoped more people with disabilities would make use of the gym with this new equipment available.

“It works in beautifully with what the YMCA is all about – the goal of the YMCA is to build strong people, strong families and strong communities,” he said.

“We encourage all members of the community to remain active, and we especially encourage people with special needs to join us.

“The equipment will now enable them to work out alongside our other gym members.”

Mr Ariff said he was thrilled with the benefits of using the machine and being able to share it with the community.

Previous Young Australian of the Year winner Darren Lomman has won recognition for his Dreamfit Foundation, which works to modify recreational equipment for people with disabilities.

The non-profit organisation’s Dreamcatcher program gives UWA engineering students the opportunity to work on a mix of projects like modifying ski-boats, bicycles and motorbikes. 


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