Softball Australia is committed to building partnerships with disability organisations, nationally, that assist people with a disability to be a part of sport and allow individuals to enjoy the true essence of sports participation.
National Sport Inclusion Alliance
Softball Australia moved a step closer to becoming a truly inclusive sport for people of all abilities by signing as a member of the National Sport Inclusion Alliance (NSIA) for a three year term.
The NSIA has been established by the Australian Sport and Recreation Association for People with Integration Difficulties (AUSRAPID) to provide a coordinated and cohesive platform to enable member organisations to increase their capacity for the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability in sport.
Softball Australia’s Club Development Coordinator, Tim Hatzi, said “We look forward to working with the NSIA and, with their support, achieving a number of goals for inclusion. This will ensure that Softball Australia continues in its endeavour for softball to become an inclusive and accessible sport at all levels, not only for people with an intellectual disability but for people of all ages, cultures, genders, and abilities”.
For more information on inclusion in softball, or to track Softball Australia’s progress as a member of the NSIA, click here.
Australian Sports Commission
The Australian Sports Commission is the principle partner of Softball Australia. The Australian Sports Commission supports Softball Australia’s commitment to provide opportunities to people of all ages, cultures, gender and ability to participate in softball. Information is also available on the Australian Sports Commission website providing clubs and associations with strategies to assist in getting people with a disability involved in softball.
For more information on Disability Sport visit the Australian Sports Commission.
Special Olympics Australia
Special Olympics Australia (SOA) is a not-for-profit organisation that transforms the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport. SOA have almost 4,000 athletes taking part in over 250 sports clubs across metropolitan and regional Australia.
Special Olympics offer the opportunity for their athletes to just have fun or aspire to compete at state, national (SOA National Games) and international competition (SO World Games).
Softball is one of 14 official sports that SOA offers to its athletes. Softball Australia partners with SOA to provide opportunities to build capacity and promote awareness in order to offer Softball opportunities to people with an intellectual disability. In partnership with SOA, Softball Australia has developed a Memorandum of Understanding.
In 2015 the Special Olympics Australian Softball Team won a silver medal at the SO World Games in Los Angeles. USA.