Australian Global Games athletes recognised with Next Generation Athlete Awards.

Fif­teen grate­ful INAS Glob­al Games Bris­bane based ath­letes have been pre­sent­ed at City Hall with a grant from the 2019 Next Gen­er­a­tion Ath­letes Pro­gram (NGA) after their selec­tion in the Aus­tralian Glob­al Games team.

Estab­lished in 2015 and fund­ed through the Lord Mayor’s Char­i­ta­ble Trust (LMCT), the NGA is a co-oper­a­tive grant and schol­ar­ship scheme between Sport Inclu­sion Aus­tralia and the LMCT.

The pro­gram is an inno­v­a­tive way of iden­ti­fy­ing and sup­port­ing those young ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment cur­rent­ly in the Bris­bane met­ro­pol­i­tan region, as they trav­elled on their ath­let­ic path­way towards the INAS Glob­al Games – Bris­bane 2019,” says Sport Inclu­sion Aus­tralia CEO Robyn Smith.

With the INAS Glob­al Games being held in Bris­bane in Octo­ber this year, this will be the final LMCT award cer­e­mo­ny in this grant pro­gram. But the long-last­ing lega­cy of the Games is seen through LMCT’s won­der­ful sup­port for acces­si­bil­i­ty and inclu­siv­i­ty in the sport­ing envi­ron­ment,” adds Smith.

In pre­sent­ing the Awards to recip­i­ents, Lady May­oress Nina Schrin­ner said, I have nev­er made an Aus­tralian team in any­thing. I can only imag­ine how it would feel to rep­re­sent your coun­try. I con­grat­u­late you on your enor­mous achieve­ment and I want you to know that all of Bris­bane is incred­i­bly proud of you and all of Aus­tralia will be right behind you as you com­pete at the Games.”

Swim­mer Jack Ire­land says he feels lucky and proud that the NGA Pro­gram has sup­port­ed me since 2016. It’s an hon­our to receive a grant from the Lord May­or and know that ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty are so well sup­port­ed in Brisbane.”

Fut­sal team mem­ber, Cameron Bra­zier was also hon­oured to accept the award say­ing I am excit­ed about rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try in my favourite sport at an elite lev­el here in Bris­bane at the Glob­al Game. And because the Games is close to home, my extend­ed fam­i­ly and friends to be able to come and watch us com­pete for Australia!”

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