Funding to support Brisbane’s athletes with an Intellectual disability

Funding to support Brisbane’s athletes with an Intellectual disability

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust is helping Brisbane athletes with an intellectual disability to achieve their dream of competing in the 2019 INAS Global Games, held in Brisbane.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Sports Inclusion Australia will receive $150,000 over five years to provide grants and scholarships to Brisbane athletes to participate in their chosen sport, to realise their sporting dreams, and to potentially compete in the 2019 INAS Global Games.

“The 2019 INAS Global Games is a top level sporting competition for athletes with a disability being held in Brisbane and by hosting these games we will build on Brisbane’s reputation as an inclusive city.” Cr Quirk said.

Chief Executive Officer of Sport Inclusion Australia, Robyn Smith said Sport Inclusion Australia appreciates the foresight of the Lord Mayors Charitable Trust in providing support to our NEXT GEN ATHLETE initiative.

“This innovative project has been established to identify young aspiring athletes with an intellectual disability within Brisbane and assist them to realise their dreams to compete at the highest possible sporting level – regional, state, national or international level”. Ms Smith said.

Lady Mayoress and Chair of the LMCT and Patron of the 2019 INAS Global Games, Mrs Anne Quirk said the Trust provides grants to a range of charities providing vital services to the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the Brisbane community.

“Charities like Sport Inclusion Australia make a real difference in the lives of the Brisbane community,” Mrs Quirk said.

Applications for the first round of NEXT GEN ATHLETE initiative grants and scholarships open today and close on 30 November. More information on the NEXT GEN ATHLETE initiative can be found at http://www.inasglobalgames.org/nextgenathlete/. Under the program, grants of up to $1,000 and scholarships of up to $1,500 per annum are available.

The LMCT was established in the 1960s with fundraising efforts supporting charities that assist people suffering from disability, homelessness, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, trauma, abuse or neglect. Every dollar donated is re-given to Brisbane charities.

The Trust supports charities through two annual grants rounds, each application capped at $10,000; an Easter Appeal, involving Easter egg donations; and a Christmas Appeal, involving donations of toys, food vouchers and small cash grants up to $2,000.

Sport Inclusion Australia is an organisation established in 1986 to assist primarily those with an intellectual disability, into the mainstream community using sport and recreational activity as the medium.

[ENDS] 3 November 2015