News, Industry, Inclusion

2016 Victorian Inclusion Forum a Huge Success


On Friday 12th August 2016, Sport Inclusion Australia hosted an Inclusion Forum at Athletics Australia and Athletics Victoria’s head office in Albert Park. Victorian State Sport Associations and National Sport Organisations came together to engage in an afternoon focused on the development of inclusion in sport.

With 47 attendees on the day, representing 16 sports (list of sports shown below), it was fantastic to see such a great representation from the sector, a clear indication of the demand and interest in building capacity for inclusion in sport.

The forum involved three presentations from individuals with a variety of expertise in the area. Firstly, Professor Jan Burns MBE, INAS Head of Eligibility, gave a detailed presentation about the classification system for athletes with an intellectual disability. It was great to hear such a valuable international perspective, clearly highlighting the importance of providing inclusive pathways in sport. The second presentation was provided by Brett Watton, Athletics Australia’s Para-Athletics Development Officer. Brett was able to offer a range of hints and tips for sports to develop their inclusive programs and pathways. He focused on sharing information about inclusion resources and the value of linking national and state practice for successful outcomes. The final presentation came from Christian Hamilton, who represents both Golf Victoria and Golf Australia as National Manager. A collaborative approach to inclusion in sport is a key component of establishing effective inclusive outcomes, and Christian was able to demonstrate that message perfectly.

The Forum concluded with a workshop session. In groups of 8, table discussions explored two key issues. Firstly, how do we maximize resources and collaborate between state and national level to achieve inclusive best practice? And secondly, should inclusion and diversity in sport for people with a disability only occur when funding is available? These hot topics generated some fantastic discussion, and it was great to see so much energy and passion in the room.

Sport Inclusion Australia would like to thank all those who participated in this Forum. We will be hosting our next Forum in November in conjunction with our AGM.

Organisations in attendance:

Athletics Australia

Athletics Victoria

INAS Head of Eligibility

Cricket Australia

Tennis Victoria

Disability Sport & Recreation

Basketball Australia

Basketball Victoria

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Softball Australia

Cricket Victoria

Sporting Schools

Golf Australia

Bowls Victoria

School Sport Victoria

Gymnastics Australia

Badminton Victoria

Access All Abilities

Hockey Australia

Hockey Victoria

Rowing Victoria

CAMS

Gymnastics Victoria

Rugby League

Football Federation Victoria

Netball Victoria

Touch Football Victoria

Golf Victoria

If you would any further information, please contact:

Jenny Leach, General Manager

jenny.leach@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

(03) 5762 7494

Website: www.sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

Facebook: Sport Inclusion Australia

Twitter: @SportIncAus

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