Monday, July 8, 2024

VIDEO - Removing barriers in sport

Katie Kelly OAM PLY

Sport Access Foundation provides grants for young Australians with Disability to access Sport. In our short history we have helped many athletes achieve their sporting dreams including the pinnacle, the Paralympics. In this video, Katie Kelly, Founder of Sport Access Foundation shares the inspiration for establishing this registered Australian charity after winning Australia's firstGold medal in the Rio 20216 Parlaympics in Para-triathlon.
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Audio and Visual Descriptions
The video includes Katie sitting on a high stool chair by herself, in a navy outfit. It is being filmed in a film studio and throughout the video Katie is talking and facing the camera as she shares insights on disclosing disability. At times there is soft gentle music in the background.

There are no other sound effects.The video starts with Katie talking and throughout shares footage of young Australians who have applied for grants with Sport Access Foundation. Some of the athletes are playing wheelchair tennis, or in action shots such as Swimming, Boccia or athletics. Other footage includes Katie walking along a beach and talking in an ABC Radio studio.

The footage then cuts back to Katie talking. As Katie talks about of the importance of supporting young people with disability to access sport.

The video ends with an image that includes the text Katie Kelly OAM PLY, Disability and Inclusion Advocate and 2 x Paralympian, with the website The image includes at Katie Kelly logo which has the letters KK, and it is on a navy background with white font.

As a high performance athlete, when I was competing at Rio and Tokyo, I had to fundraise for two carbon custom made bikes in America.

Something like $20,000 each that myself and my guide could ride on. And it really honed in on me, the additional barriers for people with disability to access sport and particularly young people with disability, like the financial barriers and additional costs for parents to get modified equipment and support.So I was really proud, with the help of friends and family, to establish Sport Access Foundation.

We've been going now for seven years and we give away sporting grants to remove some of those financial barriers. In seven years since we've been established, we've given away over $90,000 up to 500 children, have applied for grants across Australia.All of our recipients have gone on to achieve incredible things and really helping their participation from grassroots right through to high performance sport.

Three of our recipients have gone on to represent Australia at the Paralympics.

Several our recipients are world champions and Commonwealth Games athletes as well.So it's wonderful to see the impact that the grants are having, not only in their sporting lives, but then as they go on into their young adulthood.

Sport is the start of setting any young person up for life. With the impact say of Sport Access Foundation, to ensure those kids have a chance to play with their mates on the field, they feeling more a sense of belonging and connected. It's improving their education outcomes, which eventually leads to better employment opportunities and being able to reach their own potential in their lives and in their young adulthood.

I’m really excited about our future, particularly in south east Queensland here in Brisbane, where we're heading towards 2032 Paralympics.

We've got some great innovative products that we're developing with some sponsors and supporters that will be a real game changer to improving access for young people with disability in our workplace.So I'm really proud of the work of Sport Access Foundation, and the impact it’s having on improving access for our kids with disability in sport.

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