Know the host organisation: Sport Inclusion Australia

Sport Inclusion Australia is the organisation delivering the Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 (OA Games 2022) and was established in 1986 as a founding member of Paralympics Australia.

It has over 30 years of experience assisting the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability into the mainstream community using sport as the medium.

Sport Inclusion Australia is proud to be supporting elite sport competition through its position as the Australian Virtus member organisation and as host of the OA Games 2022.

It has worked within the Australian sporting sector with outstanding success and is proud of the increasing numbers of sporting organisations and clubs taking responsibility for inclusion with a focus on ability and social inclusion principles.

Sport Inclusion Australia continues to grow its network and shares its expertise with organisations and partners who are ready and willing to build inclusive programs into mainstream pathways at schools, local clubs, nationally, and internationally.

It forms one of the nine core organisations behind the Australian Sporting Alliance for people with a disability (ASAPD) — an alliance that has formed to better serve the disability sport sector, with a vision that all Australians have an opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity in a welcoming and inclusive environment. SIA has also formed a collaborative partnership with Deaf Sports Australia and Blind Sports Australia as Inclusion Alliance Australia.

In addition to supporting all Australian athletes with intellectual impairment, Sport Inclusion Australia has had a major contribution in driving better inclusion for people with disability internationally through sport diplomacy and engagement in regions such as the United Arab Emirates, Latin Americas and the Pacific, where their journey into the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment is just beginning.

Leading the organisation is Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Smith OAM, who also holds positions as Virtus Vice President, Chair of Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disability, International Paralympic Committee Board Member and is a member of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

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