Inclusive Sport SA acknowledge individuals, programs and organisations across Australia who are leading the way in inclusive practices through sport and recreation.
At the event held at Adelaide Oval, the SACA collected the Inclusive Project or Program Award for its ground-breaking Development Academy, and the Inclusive Sport or Recreation Organisation Award for its outstanding work in promoting the game of cricket for all young people.
The Development Academy was established to increase participation and personal lifestyle outcomes for state’s disability and Aboriginal cricketers by offering access to high performance services such as physiotherapy, psychology, coaching, nutrition and dietetics at Adelaide Oval. It is the first State organisation to implement such a program in Australian cricket.
South Australia took home two of the three titles at this year’s National Cricket Inclusion Championships, with the deaf and hard of hearing team and cricketers with an intellectual disability team taking out the ultimate prize.
The SACA was recognised as a pioneer in the inclusion space by supporting women in sport and the importance of women in the sporting realm, celebrating people with a disability during the Ashes, and celebrating the Aboriginal culture for the first time in W/BBL history by bringing the game to Alice Springs with the Adelaide Strikers franchise.