Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Australia Day Honours List - Katie Kelly awarded OAM

Sport Access Foundation

The ‍Foundation is delighted to announce that our founder, Katie Kelly, has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List.

‍The Governor General presents these honours to very special men and women who's actions have set them apart and enriched our community across a broad range of professional, public and community service sectors.

In their daily lives these admirable people demonstrate those values that we as a nation hold dear - compassion, civility, dedication, courage, kindness, tolerance, and energetic ambition. They inspire us to be more enthusiastic and giving, to uphold the responsibility of being fully engaged citizens.

I am so proud and humbled to receive an OAM today. A very close Aunt said to me, "Trust in where your life takes you." When I look back on the road I've taken so far and think about where I am now, with our new Sport Access Foundation launching yesterday, my passion continues to be an advocate for #inclusiveness and #diversity.

My proudest moments in recent times came when I was working with Edmund Rice Centre Camps with African children from Western Sydney who were enjoying an Australian beach for the first time in their lives. I was then so thrilled to be involved in the launch of Armidale Fun Run and Casino Fun Run, my home towns now had more opportunities for everyone to stay fit and healthy. The day I put on the Australian Paralympic Team uniform, imprinted with #Indigenous art, this too was another incredibly proud moment. Just before Christmas I had the priviledge of spending time with little Ruby who lost her eye sight before 9 years of age. She taught me so much about the value of life.

All these experiences combined reinforce what being an Australian is all about. We are all one people, one race. Our unique differences is what makes us a beautiful country. Happy Australia Day. KK x

For the full list of Australia Day Honours


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