Riders say it loud with roaring visit

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Kaden Winiata with Ulysses president Steve Ingram and Keenan Burgess at Payne Park.
Camera IconKaden Winiata with Ulysses president Steve Ingram and Keenan Burgess at Payne Park. Credit: Jackson Barrett

WA iSports members were treated to a very loud surprise on December 7 at Payne Park, when the Ulysses Club rolled in on their motorcycles.

iSports provides people living with an intellectual disability the opportunity to socialise and participate in activities in a safe and inclusive environment.

WA iSports chair Alison Burnett said it was a conversation around members’ dreams that gave her the idea to invite the riders down to meet the group.

“One of our members mentioned that her dream was to ride on a motorbike, so one of our admin staff saw the dream and she is a part of the Ulysses Club and she went to the club and said ‘it would be great if we could make this dream come true’ and they all got on board,” she said.

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“There were two people there who really enjoy noise and they love being around noise and sound.

“One of our members has quite a complex disability and she doesn’t have vision but she really loves sound, so it was great for her to be near one of the louder bikes and experience the vibrations.”

iSports members were able to sit on motorcycles and meet the owners, with a lucky few being given a ride in the sidecar.

Ulysses president Steve Ingram said the club valued the opportunity to engage in the community and loved bringing joy to people.

“We jumped at the opportunity to meet these young people who don’t have it so well and to let them have a look at the motorbikes,” he said. “To see the smile on their faces is well worth it, it’s amazing.”

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