Via the Sydney Morning Herald
PEOPLE with a disability protested at Bondi Beach ... against a plan by Surf Life Saving Australia to ban its clubs from providing beach wheelchairs that help them in the water.
Beach wheelchairs are fitted with inflatable tyres that allow them to travel over sand and float in the surf. The wheelchairs have been donated to several surf clubs by councils and charitable organisations.
The Disabled Surfers Association says SLSA has plans to force clubs to return or discard the wheelchairs because they make the clubs' liability insurance too costly.
Emails seen by the Herald, which were written by John Provan, of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, SLSA's insurance broker, direct clubs to return the chairs to donors or ''have them destroyed or dumped'' because of liability concerns.
Guessing a gaggle of these lil numbers would REALLY freak out the likes of Jardine Lloyd Thompson:
|the little known 'inflatable' walker, hmm|
Update Feb2013: thankfully SLSA are declaring it a ridiculous thing - oh but only after the Disabled Surfers Association of Aus protested to them about it, sheesh