What is PacificSport WheelKids?

A FUNdamental wheeling skills program for wheelchair users aged 5-12!

PacificSport Vancouver Island and Nanaimo Ladysmith School District #68 are proud to partner with the Nanaimo Child Devlopment Centre and Let’s Play to deliver PacificSport WheelKids; an exciting physical literacy program for kids aged 5-12. Before kids learn to play “traditional” sports such as basketball or rugby, they must first learn how to maneuver their chairs, how to throw, how to catch, and how to rely on their teammates. 

Through active games and play, our PacificSport WheelKids program provides FUNdamental movement skills in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for all kids. In addition to learning valuable fundamental wheeling skills, kids will also take part in sports such as basketball, tennis, rugby, track and field throughout the weeks!

Participants may register alone, or may invite a sibling or close friend to register as well to share in the fun! Additional chairs for siblings and friends are provided by PacificSport Vancouver Island and Let’s Play. All participants (wheelchair-user or not) are required to register for the sessions individually.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding for this program from the Province of BC After School Sport and Art Initiative Program.


Current & Upcoming PacificSport WheelKids Programs

Winter 2022 (Nanaimo) - Register Now!

Wednesdays, January 19-March 9

4:30pm-5:30pm

Fairview Community School Gym

This session is FREE!

All participants and spectators need to wear masks upon entry to the gym.  All WheelKids participants may choose to remove their masks while actively playing.  All adults must wear masks at all times.


PacificSport VI WheelKids PlayBook

Are you a parent, recreation leader, teacher, coach, or community memeber looking for ways to include wheelchair users in your active play? The PacificSport VI WheelKids playbook includes 39 pages of information, games and activities tailored for children (and adults) who are wheelchair users.

We are pleased to offer the WheelKids Playbook to the community by donation. The suggested donation to receive the electronic Playbook is $10.00 and all donations can be made via etransfer to jisbister@pacificsport.com - Please put WheelKids Playbook as the etransfer message.

Please email Jade at jrichardson@pacificsport.com once you have made your donation and a copy of the WheelKids Playbook will be emailed to you. If you or your organization cannot afford to donate please send an email to jrichardson@pacificsport.com and we will work with you to provide these valuable resources.


PacificSport WheelKids Expansion Program

Are you outside the community of Nanaimo? We are building the PacificSport Wheelkids Program in other communities, including Parksville, Campbell River, and the Comox Valley!

We are looking for kids with locomotor disabilities to join our program, along with their families and BFFs! No group is too small!

Through active games and play, our PacificSport WheelKids program provides FUNdamental movement skills in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for all kids. In addition to learning valuable fundamental wheeling skills, kids will also take part in sports such as basketball, tennis, rugby, track and field throughout the nine weeks!

Participants may register alone, or may invite siblings or a close friend to register as well to share in the fun! Parents are encouraged to participate as well. All participants (wheelchair-user or not) are required to register for the sessions individually.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding for this program from the Disability Alliance of British Columbia (DABC), the Government of Canada - Employment and Social Development Canada, and the Hamber Foundation. 

In addition we gratefully acknowledge the support from Let’s Play and our School District partners, School District 72 - Campbell River, Comox Valley Schools, and School District 69 - Parksville-Qualicum.

For more information, please contact Catharine Edwards at cedwards@pacificsport.com or 250-754-6200.


PacificSport Wheelkids in the Community


Check out this video highlighting the Nanaimo Child Development Centre's Outdoor Play Day which we were honoured to take part in this fall.