Stay­ing in the sad­dle

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

THE pres­i­dent of Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion (RDA) Carine says the or­gan­i­sa­tion sees no ad­van­tage in join­ing the 14 clubs dis­af­fil­i­at­ing from the na­tional body.

Rid­ing for the Dis­abled WA re­branded as Horse­Power in mid-Novem­ber, which it at­trib­uted to the use of “dis­abled” be­com­ing less de­sir­able in the com­mu­nity and not re­flect­ing its ser­vices.

The Carine group is one of five cen­tres to re­main, which pres­i­dent Brian McNa­mara said rep­re­sented more than 50 per cent of the for­mer RDA WA’s rid­ers.

He be­lieved the change would ben­e­fit the cen­tre be­cause it would now have di­rect mem­ber­ship to the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion in­stead of go­ing through the State body.

“We don’t see there would be any dis­ad­van­tage. We think we’ll grow and it rep­re­sents a good op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“To us there was no rea­son to dis­af­fil­i­ate.”

Mr McNa­mara had some con­cerns for the Horse­Power cen­tres, as he said their coaches would no longer have na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion and be­lieved main­te­nance costs would be high.

“From a cost point of view it’s cheaper to stay with the na­tional body. We think they’re go­ing to strug­gle,” he said.

De­spite the split, he ex­pected the ami­able re­la­tion­ship be­tween groups to con­tinue.

“I think even though we’re sep­a­rated, there will still be a level of co-op­er­a­tion,” he said.

RDA Aus­tralia ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Karen Aspery said Carine, Capricorn (Pin­jar), South­west (Gelorup), Oak­ford (Cardup) and Har­vey (Bun­bury) re­mained ac­cred­ited cen­tres and the na­tional group planned to cre­ate a branch of­fice in WA.

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