Rivett to Represent Australia in Portugal

Andre Rivett training for the Discus at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Brisbane’s Andre Rivett has been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 SU-DS Athletics World Championships for athletes with Down Syndrome.  Rivett will be Australia’s first representative at the Championships which will be held from the 12th to the 16th of October in Porto Portugal.

A member of the QE II Track Club, Rivett competes regularly at Queensland Athletics competitions throwing senior weights in all of his throwing events.  For the SU-DS Championships Rivett will throw lighter weights and has had to adjust his training over the past 3 months to compensate for this change in weight, thankfully for Rivett Queensland Athletics has supported him in his preparation allowing him to throw the lighter weighted implements in recent competitions.

Rivett’s last 4 competitions has seen him set a number of personal bests in each of his throwing events and will go into the Championships in Portugal full of confidence.  Rivett’s last competition prior to the Championships was at Ipswich last weekend and saw Rivett throw a huge personal best throw of 23.14m in the Discus.

Based on previous SU-DS Athletics results, Rivett’s performances with the shot put and his recent personal best throw with the Discus have him in contention for a medal in both, with his javelin results suggesting a top 8 finish.

This will be Rivett’s second competition representing Australia having represented at the 2016 Melanesian Games in Suva, where he also competed in the Shot put, discus and javelin events.  Whilst not medalling in Suva, Rivett recorded personal best throws for shot put and javelin events.

Introduced to athletics by his sports teacher, Mrs Porter at Kuraby Special School, Rivett has competed in and trained for a number of sports, but has focussed solely on athletics for the past 6 years.  Since setting his sights on the Championships in Portugal Rivett has committed to his training program which sees him and his family make the one hour trip from Logan to the Gold Coast to train under throws coach Brett Green twice a week along with regular gym and track sessions back in Brisbane.

“The opportunity for Andre to represent his country is amazing, it has had an impact on Andre’s athletic performances and also his self esteem.  He is well recognised by other throwers and athletes who have all been very supportive.”  Steven Rivett said.

Rivett will be accompanied by his parents Steven and Christine who will fill the roles of Coach and Manager.  Team Rivett departs on the 9th of October with the Championships to be held from the 12th to the 16th.

A self funded trip, the Rivett’s have been fortunate to have support from father Steven’s employer Road Gear Australasia,  who have not only approved Steven’s leave to attend the Championships, but have also covered Andre’s costs.

Sport Inclusion Australia has traditionally worked with National and State sporting organisations to provide an opportunity for people with intellectual impairment, ensuring that sport is for all Australian’s.  A recent change has seen Sport Inclusion Australia expand its charter beyond the World health Organisations definition of intellectual disability to now include athletes with high functioning autism and significant additional impairments, e.g. down syndrome. This change has resulted in an opportunity for athletes with down syndrome to compete at the SU-DS Athletics Championships, and also upcoming INAS events.

The upcoming INAS Table Tennis and Swimming Championships will include for the first time athletes with down syndrome.  INAS is the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment.

For more information on sporting opportunities for people with down syndrome or intellectual impairment in Queensland please contact Chantel Lewis at Life Stream Australia on 07 3394 4399

For more information on Athletics please contact Queensland Athletics on 07 3343 0900


Australian Pearls ready for 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships in Italy

Amy Howard. Photo: Hamish Patterson

Basketball Australia have announced the 10 players selected to represent Australia (The Pearls) at the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships in Loano, Italy in November.

The Championships for players with an intellectual impairment will see the Australian Pearls competing for the first World Championship 3×3 title.  The Australian Pearls already hold the Global Games 3×3 title which they won in Ecuador in 2015.  Australia will take two teams of 5 players each to Italy for the three on three competition.

The Australian Pearls first played the 3 on 3 format when it was introduced at the Global Games in Ecuador in 2015 coming away with the Gold and Bronze medals, adding to their unique history of achievements of having medalled in every international competition for the last 15 years.  Ranked number 1 in the world in both formats of the game the Australian Pearls are current INAS Global Games Champions (5×5), INAS World Champions (5×5) and INAS Global Games Champions (3×3).

“The 3×3 format is expanding in popularity around the world with many World Championship now playing this exciting format of the game we love.  The rules for 3×3 make the game very fast, very physical and really exciting as a spectator sport.“ said Sally Duncan Australian Team Manager. The 3 on 3 competition format made its international debut at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and was labelled the “Hottest ticket in Town”.

The INAS World Championships will be in Italy (19th – 28th November), in Loana.  The Australian Pearls are looking forward to the 2015 Gold medal rematch against Japan as well as other teams from France and the USA.

The Australian teams were selected following their last training camp in Melbourne on the weekend of 19-20 August, and with so many talented players in the squad, making the final cut to 10 was a difficult task. “The determination and commitment shown by the squad members has made it very difficult to select the final 10 players, and all of those trying out should be very proud of their contribution.  I wish we could take them all.”  Larry Davidson (Head Coach).

2015 INAS Global Games, Gold Medal winning team – Women’s 3 x 3. Photo: Hamish Patterson

The two teams will consist of some very experienced players matched with fresh young talent.

“Senior players such as Mills, Perry, Urguhart-Moran, Papworth and Harris will provide the core structure of our two teams.  Our younger players on their second / third tours will bring another level of energy and excitement into the two teams.”  Davidson said

All players have represented Australia before, making this Australian Pearls team very rich in talent and international experience.

The 10 players selected to represent Australia at the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships are:

  • Kim Perry (NSW)
  • Eliza Mills (NSW)
  • Nicole Harris (NSW)
  • Molly Urquhart-Moran (VIC)
  • Kaitlyn Papworth (VIC)
  • Kate Leckenby (VIC)
  • Jess McCulloch (VIC)
  • Evie Patterson (VIC)
  • Brittany Anderson (ACT)
  • Amy Howard (SA)


  • Head Coach: Larry Davidson (NSW)
  • Team Manager: Sally Duncan (VIC)
  • Assistant Coach: Jo Larkin (VIC)
  • Physio: Dave Taylor (VIC)


  • Larry Davidson, Head Coach: 0417 469282
  • Sally Duncan, Team Manager: 0418 369061
  • Robyn Smith, CEO Sport Inclusion Australia: 0418 979 459
  • Jan Stirling, General Manager, High Performance and Teams Basketball Australia: 03 9847 2302


WOMEN – Pearls

Year Event Location Placing
1992 Paralympics Spain / Madrid 1st
1994 INAS World Champs Greece / Athens 2nd
1996 INAS World Champs Portugal / 2nd
1998 INAS World Champs Brazil / Sao Paulo 3rd
2002 INAS World Champs Portugal / Madeira 3rd
2004 Global Games Sweden / Bolnas 3rd
2006 INAS World Champs Japan / Yokohama 2nd
2008 INAS World Champs Italy / Rome 2nd
2009 Global Games Czech Republic / Liberec 2nd
2010 INAS World Champs Portugal / Tondela 1st
2011 Global Games Italy / Loano 1st
2015 Global Games Ecuador / Guyaquil 1st and 3rd 
2017 INAS Italy / Loano ??

Kate Leckenby (with ball) and Nicole Harris. Scrimmage during recent training camp. Photo: Hamish Patterson

2018 Australian Tennis Championships to include Mixed Doubles and increased prize money

2017 mens singles winner Sam von Einem (SA)

Tennis Australia has announced that its 2018 Australian Tennis Championships for athletes with an intellectual impairment, running from 24-27 January in Melbourne, will feature mixed doubles for the first time as well as increased prize money.

Taking place in partnership with Sport Inclusion Australia, the competition is being sanctioned by the International Federation for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment (INAS).

It is the 21st edition of the tournament and is open to players from around the world. It will be run alongside the Australian Open with athletes playing on the same outside courts.

As well as mixed doubles, titles in men’s and women’s singles and doubles will be contested. Preliminary round and main draw matches will be held at the Albert Reserve and finals at the iconic Melbourne Park.


• International Entry Form (coming soon)

• Australia Resident Entry Form (coming soon)

National Paralympic Committee of Peoples Republic of China visit Brisbane

Members of the Chinese National Paralympic Committee, NPC, visited Brisbane last week and took the time to meet with Sport Inclusion Australia and Global Games Sports Company, CEO Ms. Robyn Smith and General Manager of the Global Games Sports Company, Mr. Greg Dunk. The Chinese delegation included Vice President NPC China Mr. Jia Yong, Deputy Secretary General NPC China Mr. Zhijun Yong and Chief Officer for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Wang Bo.

Left to right: Ms Wang Bo, Ms Robyn Smith Mr Jia Yong Mr Zhijun Yong

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the development of opportunities for athletes with an intellectual impairment both within China and Internationally and China’s potential to participate at the 2019 Global Games in Brisbane.

Ms. Smith has been working with China through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Asian Sport Partnership program to develop opportunities for athletes with an intellectual impairment. As Vice President of the International Federation for athletes with an intellectual impairment (INAS), Ms. Smith has also been working to assist China with the eligibility process which when completed will open the door for athletes from within China to participate on the International stage at INAS and Paralympic events. The meeting enabled Ms. Smith to demonstrate the work that had been completed to date with the eligibility process and show a promotional video for the Global Games which had been translated into Chinese.

“The opportunity to meet with the Chinese National Paralympic Committee delegation face to face is so important, it provided an opportunity to demonstrate the work that we have been doing and to obtain feedback directly from the delegates. Establishing personal relationships is also extremely important as we move forward.” Ms. Smith said.

The delegation were impressed with the presentation, our commitment to people with an intellectual impairment and in particular our efforts to be inclusive of Chinese people. The delegation also confirmed they have a large number of athletes with an intellectual impairment participating in sport many of whom will be ready to compete in the INAS pathway once the eligibility process has been developed in China.

China do not have any athletes currently registered with INAS and consequently had no athletes with an intellectual impairment compete at the 2016 RIO Paralympics, where China dominated the medal tally with a staggering 239 medals. They now have their sights firmly on the additional 54 medals in the intellectual impairment area.

“Having the Chinese delegation in Brisbane and having the opportunity to discuss INAS, INAS eligibility, Classification, Oceania/Asia relations, 2019 Global Games and Australia/China relationship with him and obtain his commitment to our movement was so invaluable.” Ms. Smith said.



For further information please contact:

Robyn Smith, CEO
Sport Inclusion Australia Inc.
T: +61 3 5762 7494
M: 0418 979 459
E: robyn.smith@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

Round 4 NGA successful recipients awarded

Round 4 NGA Successful Recipients with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk and Robyn Smith CEO Sport Inclusion Australia

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk announced Next Generation Athlete grants and scholarships to 17 Brisbane athletes at a reception held at the Brisbane Town Hall.

The 4th round of Grants and Scholarship recognised and awarded funding to athletes to assist them in realising their sporting dreams and potentially assist them in their preparation for the 2019 INAS Global Games. Supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, grants and scholarships were distributed to athletes.

“Over the last 50 years the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust has improved the wellbeing of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of our community. I would like to congratulate all recipients today and take this opportunity to thank Sport Inclusion Australia for their hard work and dedication to facilitate inclusiveness in all sports across the Brisbane community. It is our pleasure to make a positive difference in the lives of these young athletes.” Anne Quirk, Lady Mayoress and INAS Global Games Patron.

Lord Mayor Councillor Graham Quirk was also in attendance. Inspired by fellow Brisbane resident and World Welterweight Boxing Champion Jeff Horn, the mayor provided some encouraging words to athletes. “Follow your dream to be the best that you can be in your sporting endeavours” said Lord Mayor Councillor Graham Quirk.

Athletes acknowledged the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust and the importance of the grants in helping them meet the costs of training, equipment and competition as they strive to be the best they can be.

Grants and Scholarships were awarded to athletes across Athletics, Cricket, Indoor Cricket, Netball, Swimming and Tennis.

“Sport Inclusion Australia is delighted to have developed the Next Gen Athlete program with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust. The Next Gen Athlete program is an innovative way of identifying and supporting young athletes with an intellectual impairment in the Brisbane metropolitan region on their athletic pathway. It will assist aspiring young athletes with the help of state sporting organisations and Queensland school sport to provide an opportunity to compete at local, state, national and international level and if possible the 2019 INAS Global Games here in Brisbane.” Robyn Smith CEO Sport Inclusion Australia.

The presentation provided an opportunity to release the latest Next Generation Athlete promotional video highlighting stories of Next Gen Athlete Scholarship holders: Jack Ireland (Swimming), Yasmin Sanders (Tennis), Mac Russell (Rowing) and Alberto Campbell-Staines (Athletics). INAS Global Games Ambassador Daniel Fox (Swimming) was also in attendance.

The next grants round will open in December 2017 with grants and scholarships to be awarded in 2018.

Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Quirk with Yasmin Sanders (Scholarship Tennis)

Recipients of Grants were:
Alex Baker (Tennis)
Haydn Brumm (Cricket)
Thomas Burrows (Athletics)
Harry Cahill (Swimming)
Jennifer Collins (Netball)
Summer Dullaway (Swimming)
Caitlin Kerby (Swimming)
Shane Kuilboer (Indoor Cricket)
Lisa Lenton (Netball)
Shaun McKee (Indoor Cricket)
Patrick O’Brien (Swimming)
Ashley-Kate Schlenner (Swimming)
Chelsea Stebbing (Swimming)
Brett Wilson (Cricket)
Aaron Wood (Cricket)

Yasmin Sanders (Tennis)
Bailey Stewart (Swimming)

Robyn Smith (CEO Sport Inclusion Australia) 0418 979 459

Sport Inclusion Australia & Touch Football Specialised Inc working together

Sport Inclusion Australia and Touch Football Specialised Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assist in the provision of inclusive services and opportunities for people with an intellectual impairment.

Sport Inclusion Australia was formed to provide inclusive opportunities for people with a disability, primarily those with an intellectual impairment using sport as the medium.  It now works with National Sporting Organisations and School Sport Australia to ensure that sport is available for all Australians.  Touch Football Specialised Inc. is an organisation which aims to increase sporting and recreational opportunities for people with an intellectual impairment through touch football and rugby league.

“We became aware of the work being done by Graeme Clancy and Touch Football Specialised Inc. and realised that we needed to work with him to do what we could to assist, Graeme’s drive and commitment and the synergies between our organisations are amazing.”  Said Robyn Smith, CEO of Sport Inclusion Australia.

Touch Football Specialised Inc. has been operating for five years and holds a Special School Championships which attracts over 300 athletes along with monthly competitions conducted in association with Rugby League clubs and a weekly All Abilities competition which provides the opportunity for individuals to play alongside their family, friends and the community as teammates in a fully inclusive model.  The inaugural “Battle of the Border” was held on the weekend of 17-18 June and saw 10 club teams from NSW and QLD compete for the TFS trophy with the highlight being a representative match between NSW and Queensland.  For the record NSW’s Hunter Hornets took out the Specialised and All Abilities divisions with NSW also winning the Interstate trophy.

Players gathered with Touch Football Specialised Ambassador Konrad Hurrell and fellow Gold Coast Titans player Joe Greenwood.

“We believe that all Australians should have access to sport regardless of ability, our motto is sport is for everyone, no exceptions.  We cater for players of all abilities and pride ourselves on developing creative modifications to make sure there is a place on the field for everyone.”  said Graeme Clancy Founder and President of Touch Football Specialised Inc.

A special education teacher on the Gold Coast, Clancy started the program when one student asked if he could play with him at the State Championships. After searching for opportunities and finding limited possibilities Graeme decided to create his own pathway.

“As our focus is on participation and socialisation, the biggest indicators of successes for our program is the new friends and opportunities that have been made. We have been blessed to work with Touch Football Queensland, NRL Clubs the Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers, and many local sporting clubs, all of whom have embraced the competition and the athletes.  Working with the sports provides sustainability but also connects the players with the community and provides a sense of belonging” Clancy said.

“Sport Inclusion Australia is pleased to be working with Touch Football Specialised Inc. and looks forward to promoting the opportunities being provided for people with a disability across Australia and the Oceania region.” Smith said.

Robyn Smith, CEO Sport Inclusion Australia

Email: robyn.smith@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au
Mobile: 0418 979 459

Graeme Clancy, Touch Football Specialised Inc  
Email: graeme@playtfs.com.au
Mobile: 0433 903 155

Sport Inclusion Australia spreads its reach to China

Working closely with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs through its Asian Sports Partnership program, Sport Inclusion Australia has been able to spread its reach and importantly create a strong link with key stakeholders in the disability area in China.

More than twelve months in the making, the program to develop opportunities for young students with an intellectual disability came to fruition this week when Australian Basketball representative, Kelly Bowen delivered a week of training for both the students and teachers at the Yuanping Special school in Shenzhen. Bowen a member of the Australian 3 v 3 female basketball side will spend the week working with the students and teachers with more visits planned for the future.

Social inclusion through sport is the philosophy upon which Sport Inclusion Australia, formerly AUSRAPID was established 30 years ago.    It is a proven philosophy with a record for breaking down barriers with the focus on a person’s ability and expanding social interaction and pathways for athletes.  Sport Inclusion Australia plans to develop a relationship and inclusive opportunities in China, in particular the city of Shenzhen, a sister city to Brisbane,  the home of the 2019 INAS Global Games.

The project will work with Yuanping, a special school of over 930 students and the Shenzhen Leopards, National Basketball club to enhance the basketball skills of the children with a disability, but more importantly to build the capacity of local coaches and clubs to be fully inclusive and ensure these initiatives are sustainable.   Once a successful model is developed it will be expanded to include other sports and has the potential to be expanded to the 1000 other special schools across China.  Sport Inclusion Australia will also work with the Chinese Paralympic Committee to discuss the possibility of commencing a High Performance program for those more talented athletes to ensure there is a pathway through to INAS events and the INAS Global Games in Brisbane 2019.

Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Smith visited China back in March to meet with Education hierarchy of the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, key staff at the Yuanping Special School and the Chinese Paralympic Committee, and was stunned at the facilities, numbers of students and willingness of the Chinese authorities to participate in the program.  “Australian schools and sporting organisations would be amazed at the facilities available here at a special school for over 1500 students with a disability, Smith said.  “There are over 1000 special schools across China with millions of students with an intellectual disability.”  Smith said.

The program has quickly identified further opportunities for the Global Games and INAS.  “It is clear that China is very supportive of students with an intellectual disability, but their participation in the Paralympics and INAS events has been restricted due to lack of accessible eligibility processes.” Smith said.  All eligibility processes must be conducted in English, and this has clearly been a stumbling block for the Chinese.  “If we want to expand into non-english speaking countries we need to be open to change and ensure that the process is open and translated in multiple languages.”  Smith said.  With the coaching and education program now underway and in the capable hands of Bowen, Smith will now focus on ensuring that the eligibility process is made available to the Chinese in her role as Vice President of INAS.

China dominated the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but didn’t have one representative with an intellectual disability in their team.   While this program is focussed on developing opportunities for young students, both female and male, it also has the capacity to develop pathways for millions of students/athletes in China into events conducted by INAS (The International Sporting Federation for athletes with an intellectual disability) and to the Paralympic pathway.   More immediately with the Global Games in Brisbane in 2019, the participation of China is now a reality.


For further information please contact:

Robyn Smith, CEO
Sport Inclusion Australia Inc.
T: +61 3 5762 7494
M: 0418 979 459
E: robyn.smith@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

2017 INAS Swimming Championships Mexico

Sport Inclusion Australia is pleased to announce that the 2017 INAS Swimming Championships will be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico from 27 November to 4 December this year.

Working with Swimming Australia we are calling for Expressions of interest from swimmers interested in representing Australia at the Championships.

We are particularly excited to be able to include Youth swimmers and swimmers with Down syndrome and high functioning Autism for the first time.

For more information please see documents below and or contact Tracy Lawrence via email to: tracy.lawrence@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

INAS Swimming Championships Info 2017 (.docx)
Qualifying Standards June 2017 (.xlsx)
INAS EOI Form (.docx)

Call for Athletes for 2017 SU-DS Championships in Portugal

Sport Inclusion Australia are working with the International Sports Union for Athletes with Down Syndrome (SU-DS), with the aim of taking a team of athletes to the 2017 SU-DS Championships in Portugal in October.

The Championships will include Athletics, Table Tennis, Judo and Basketball (3×3).

While our focus for the Championships is to get an Athletics team together we are interested in hearing from athletes and coaches who would like to support this initiative across the above sports.

For further enquiries please contact Michael on 03 5762 7494

Download the Expression of Interest Form here