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A sporting chance for people with disability

23 November 2012

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and Office of Communities - Sport and Recreation.

“Participation in sport and recreational activities is an important part of many people’s lives. It provides an avenue for community involvement including social interaction, communication skills needed to attain a job and live independently, and other general skills required in our lives,” Mr Constance said.

“The efforts under this MoU and the contribution of $250,000 will contribute to our implementation of the National Disability Strategy.

“Targeted strategic funding of $160,000 will be provided to a number of sporting organisations to help build their capacity to include people with disability in their sports and introduce volunteering and officiating roles. A selective expression of interest process is planned for early 2013.

“Funding of $40,000 will go towards phase 2 of the ‘You’re in the Game’ NSW Disability Sport and Physical Activity Framework after consultation with various stakeholders, including the sport and recreation industry, and people with disability.”

$30,000 has also been earmarked to expand the online information service ‘Gateway to Sport’ and develop resources such as regional sports directories to improve access to information on local activities for people with disability. A further $20,000 will be dedicated to partnership development.

The funding is in addition to existing annual funding provided for programs like the Sport and Recreation respite camps attended by teenagers with disability.

Mr Annesley said sport and recreation plays a vital role in enhancing the lives of people, developing self esteem and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

“People with a severe or profound disability are less likely to engage in regular exercise.

“By building capacity in mainstream sport and recreation organisations, the health and wellbeing of people who would otherwise miss out will be greatly improved.

“The improved capacity for sporting organisations to be inclusive will enable people with a disability to further demonstrate their talents and achievements to the wider community and ensure their contributions are a valued and visible component of our culture,” Mr Annesley added.

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