Multi-Class (Para)

The mission of Little Athletics NSW and its centres, in respect to equity, is to guarantee all children and adults access to a complete range of participation, training and competition opportunities, whilst also ensuring their effective participation in all aspects of athletics, including the provisions of rewards and incentives, access to coaching and opportunities to officiate at athletics competition and/or play an administrative role in their centre.

Little Athletics NSW recognises seven areas where it is able to promote fairness and equity and these are: –

  • gender
  • athletes with disabilities
  • older adults
  • Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • employment status
  • isolated communities

Little Athletics NSW recognises that people with a disability have the same rights to equality as the rest of the community.

People with a disability become involved in sport for exactly the same reasons as their able-bodied peers: –

  • Fun
  • Social contact
  • Fitness
  • Self esteem
  • Increased skills

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Section 28 – Sport) states that it is unlawful to discriminate against another person on the grounds of that person’s disability or a disability of any of that person’s associates by excluding that other person from a sporting activity.

Little Athletics NSW aims to provide an inclusive environment in which barriers to involvement are removed and all people with a disability feel welcome and comfortable to participate. Little Athletics NSW will provide the necessary ongoing leadership and direction to achieve this objective.

Little Athletics NSW also believes that it is the responsibility of all affiliated Little Athletics centres to make a reasonable effort to accommodate people with a disability. We will provide relevant advice, support, resources and training to assist in this process. We recognises that such efforts need not place undue or unjustifiable hardship on, or threaten the operational viability of centres.

Take a read of our Little Athletics for Athletes with a Disability resource.