THREE young para-athletes who received early-career grants from Sport Access Foundation (SAF) have now qualified for their first Australian Paralympic team. Kiera Stephens (far left in photo), swimmer, and 2020 recipient from Brisbane, Col Pearse (middle in photo), swimmer and our inaugural 2017 recipient from country Victoria and Jamieson Leeson, Boccia, 2019 recipient from Dunedoo, NSW.
All recipients applied for our annual Pathway to Paralympic grants which was set up for 13-17 year olds to assist with their cost as they transition from developing athletes to high performance athletes.
Video of the Boccia team announcement featuring Jamieson Leeson, courtesy of Paralympic Australia.
Founded by Paralympian, Katie Kelly OAM, SAF provides sporting grants to improve access for young Australians, aged 7 -17 years, who have a disability.
"It's fantastic to know that three of our earlier grant recipients are now set to take the world stage at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, where I am also hoping to be and competing in Paratriathlon (Vision Impaired), Katie said.
"These young athletes have overcome the challenges of the Covid19 pandemic and they've worked hard to ensure their training has not been compromised as strive for their goals."
I am excited to announce today, that Sport Access Foundation is delighted to be providing a new round of grant funding for 2021, thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners."
Col Pearce with his ticket to Tokyo, courtesy of Paralympic Australia.