INAS Athletes shine at Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

Alber­to Camp­bell- Staines and Andrew Dun­lop will be cen­tre stage in Bris­bane at the 2019INAS Glob­al Games for elite ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment in Octo­ber this year.

Last week they shared their sto­ries with stu­dents of the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil (LMY­AC) who act as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their school and com­mu­ni­ty and are a voice for rais­ing issues or shar­ing ideas that affect young peo­ple. The stu­dents are encour­aged to pro­vide feed­back and give their opin­ion about Bris­bane City Coun­cil poli­cies, local laws, ser­vices and pro­grams that affect young people.

So while the Glob­al Games will show­case inclu­siv­i­ty on the sport­ing fields, a dis­cus­sion on the con­cept of what it means to be inclu­sive in Bris­bane, par­tic­u­lar­ly for young peo­ple, was opportune.

Lord May­or Coun­cil­lor Adri­an Schrin­ner said that “ Hav­ing a focus on the INAS Glob­al Games at the meet­ing was a good oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to under­stand more about intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment, to think about inclu­siv­i­ty from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and to become advo­cates for the INAS Glob­al Games.”

Alber­to is a cham­pi­on ath­let­ic sprint­er who has rep­re­sent­ed Aus­tralia at three pre­vi­ous Glob­al Games win­ning a bronze medal in 2015 and is aim­ing for gold in that event in his home town lat­er this year. Alber­to told the group that Ath­let­ics has giv­en me the chance to be a cham­pi­on. When I run, I feel free and I know I am good at it. I run hard, fol­low through and fin­ish strong­ly and hope I win.”

Like all elite ath­letes, Alber­to has a dri­ving goal of run­ning the 400m under 49 sec­onds. I am run­ning 49.44 so that is my goal for the Glob­al Games lat­er this year,” he shared.

Andrew, who is an Aus­tralian bas­ket­baller, explained that play­ing bas­ket­ball was an out­let where he could be in a place where he can not only have fun but achieve. I feel good play­ing bas­ket­ball and that’s when I play well. I also enjoy being able to share my expe­ri­ence with oth­er young play­ers who have learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties like me. And that makes me feel proud I am mak­ing a contribution.”

Like most elite ath­letes, Alber­to and Andrew were sur­round­ed with sev­er­al stu­dents dur­ing the morn­ing tea break seek­ing sport­ing tips. A boy told me he is run­ning 51seconds for the 400m and what tips did I have for him,” said Alber­to who hap­pi­ly exchanged ideas.

Show­ing the LMY­AC par­tic­i­pants that ath­letes com­ing to Bris­bane for the Glob­al Games will com­pete, suc­ceed and prove that intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment is no bar­ri­er was a mes­sage that all of the stu­dents will enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly now take back to their schools and communities.

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