Over $3,000 was raised at the Fundraising Dinner for Athletes with a Disability on Friday evening at the Bankstown Sports Club.
Guest Speaker Hamish MacDonald OAM presented about his background in athletics, past inspiration and his son, who is also a Little Athlete in the ACT.
MacDonald is a professional seated shot-putter and six-time Paralympian, winning gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Joining MacDonald were teenage Australian Paralympians Tamsin Colley and Kailyn Joseph, who discussed their ideal athletics training facility and future aspirations.
Multiple Little Athletics Centres and individuals were acknowledged for their ongoing work in developing programs that are inclusive to all athletes.
Albion Park LAC and Western Blues LAC were presented the Emerging Centre Award for doing an outstanding job at implementing events for athletes with a disability.
Winston Hills LAC was presented the Community Excellence Award for outstanding achievements and contributions to a community for disability organisation or events.
The Participation Achievement Award was given to Colley for being an outstanding role model for her peers and consistently participating in athletics events.
Lastly, long-time volunteer Rob Blackadder received the Outstanding Support Award for his ongoing support and fundraising for athletes with a disability.
With the money raised, Little Athletics NSW will acquire a new racerunner allowing more athletes with a physical impairment to compete at our future events.