Associated Organisations


Australian sports Commission

The Australian sports commission (ASC) is governed by a board of commissioners including former athletes, business people and journalists, all with extensive knowledge of the sporting landscape. The website provides extensive information on a range of different areas including connecting with sporting businesses, children’s programs and specific minority groups. They provide research and statistics and well as legal sporting information for clubs, coaches, parents and athletes.

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Disability Sport and Recreation

Disability Sport and Recreation is the health-promoting peak organisation for the disability sport and recreation sector in Victoria. Their mission is to provide and promote positive health outcomes for Victorians with a disability through participation in sport and recreation. Disability Sport and Recreation is a registered disability service provider, state sporting association, TAC community group program provider and a registered charity. Through donations and the support of the Victorian community, Disability Sport and Rec can continue their 50 years of work supporting Victorians with disability. They exist to ensure Victorians with disability have equal opportunities to take part in the sport and recreation activities they’d like to participate in. They work in partnership and consult with Victorians with disability, carers, volunteers, sport and recreation sector representatives, disability service organisations, schools, researchers, health professionals, government, philanthropic organisations and community groups to fulfil their mission. Due to current website updates please contact 1800 234 648 for more help or details.

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Australian Paralympic committee

The Australian Paralympic Committee helps Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, business, sporting bodies and the community. Originally formed by its members in 1990 as the Australian Paralympic Federation, the APC is the peak national body responsible for Australia’s elite athletes with a disability. The primary goal in creating the APC was to establish a unified body to control corporate representation (domestically and internationally), participation at summer and winter Paralympic Games, marketing (sponsorship and fundraising) and public awareness. A support goal was to assist members to develop disability sport in Australia. The APC is a company limited by guarantee. Its shareholders are national sports federations (NFs) and national sporting organisations for the disabled (NSODs).
The APC is a not-for profit organisation and is a registered charity.

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Disability Sports Australia

Disability Sports Australia (DSA) was established at the request of the Australian Sports Commission in April 2003. It was previously known as Australian Athletes with a Disability (AAWD) up until 2013. The ADS acts through State and Territory members to facilitate recreational and sporting opportunities for people with a disability. DSA performs the role of national coordinating body, providing a single point of contact between partner organisations (e.g. National Sports Organisations, Australian Sports Commission and Australian Paralympic Committee) and State and Territory members (e.g. Wheelchair Sports NSW, Wheelchair Sports Victoria, Sporting Wheelies Queensland and Disabled Association, etc). The most significant benefit of establishing DSA has been that it has increased collaboration between the member organisations, in turn reducing financial and administrative burdens and increasing productivity within the disability sector.

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Life Stream Australia – Queensland

Life Stream Australia facilitates a wide range of opportunities specifically in South East Queensland, Rockhampton and Mackay to enable people with an intellectual disability to participate, develop skills and be active members of their communities. Life Stream Australia believes that through participation in community activities, recreation, leisure & sport and having friendships and responsibilities, people develop all types of skills and lead healthy, active and meaningful lives.

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Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia (SOA) is Australia’s largest sporting organisation for athletes with intellectual disabilities and aims to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities nationally around Australia. Special Olympics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation which was established in 1976 and is part of Special Olympics, the international database for people with intellectual disabilities. It has the same aim of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults. The SOA gives continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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inas Global Games

Inas is an international charity and the recognised International Federation (IOSD) for athletes with an intellectual disability. It is a global organisation that promotes inclusion through sport and is a full member of the International Paralympic Committee representing intellectual disability. Inas was formed in 1985 and has grown to a membership of more than 65 nations across the World, representing many thousands of athletes with an intellectual disability. They manage an annual programme of more than 15 Regional and World Championship competitions working closely with the International Federations for sport, maintain Regional and World records/rankings, and manage the eligibility process (part of athlete classification) for athletes with an intellectual disability. Every 4 years they host the Inas Global Games – a celebration of sport for elite athletes with an intellectual disability that includes World Championship competition in 7 sports.

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AUSRAPID Incorporated is a national organisation established in 1986 to increase the sporting and recreational opportunities for all people with an integration disability within Australia. AUSRAPID views integration to be the inclusion of persons with an intellectual disability into the activities of mainstream sporting and recreational organisations and participating in grades, divisions or activities which are age and ability appropriate.

AUSRAPID provides:

  • Current information on integrated sport and recreation opportunities
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Resources – videos, papers
  • Speakers – seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences
  • Advice and consultation to National organisations
  • Representation on International councils and technical committees
  • Dissemination of information to member organisations
  • Advocacy and lobbying to ensure access to all community facilities and funds
  • Facilitation of the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability into sport and recreation

Activities at local, state, national and international level.
Support and enables participation of elite athletes in Paralympic and World Championship Events.

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International Tennis Federation – Wheelchair Tennis (ITF)

ITF Wheelchair Tennis is part of the International Tennis Federation and was founded in 1976. Between 1988 and 1990 it was recognised and then established by the ITF becoming the international governing body for wheelchair tennis. The duties and powers of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee are as follows:

  • To manage the day-to-day administration of wheelchair tennis.
  • To ensure uniform application of, and compliance with, the Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct
  • To administer the funds of wheelchair tennis within the financial framework of the ITF
  • To report to the Board of Directors on all financial matters
  • To undertake other duties as laid down in the Handbook
  • To submit regular reports to the Board of Directors
  • To decide any appeals or disputes in whatever manner they deem to be appropriate and whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties

ITF Wheelchair Tennis also has a classification panel which has been established to serve a number of functions within the sport of wheelchair tennis, including, but not limited to, the resolution of eligibility matters. The Panel is made up of Medical doctors, a legal representative, a player representative(s) and other personnel experienced in wheelchair tennis.

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The IPIN (International Player Identification Number) is an initiative of the International Tennis Federation, the world governing body of tennis.
All players who wish to compete in ITF Junior Circuit, ITF Pro Circuit, ITF Seniors Circuit or ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour tournaments are required to have a current IPIN Membership.

As well as allowing players to play in ITF tournaments, IPIN Membership provides access to the IPIN Online Service which helps the individual to manage their tennis career and keeps them up-to-date at all times. Pro Circuit players can also use the service to manage their tournament entries online.

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Wheelchair Sports NSW

Wheelchair Sports NSW provide a range of innovative sporting programs, wheelchairs, facilities, financial assistance and support staff to over 600 members, of all ages (8 to 80), at all stages (beginner to Paralympian) across a variety of sports.
Programs are specifically designed to cater for people with disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, paraplegia, quadriplegia to other similar disabling conditions and are delivered throughout regional and metropolitan NSW to ensure all members have opportunities to participate and develop in sport.

Wheelchair Sports NSW also plays a big role in the Apia Wheelchair International Sydney. This is a Super Series Tournament on the NEC International Wheelchair Tennis Tour (ITF), second only in status to a Grand Slam. The AWIS is the only tournament of its type in Australia and a crucial component of the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Tour. This is the only opportunity for local athletes to seek international standard competition in Sydney each year.

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Lets role

Lets role has been put together by 6 time world champion wheelchair tennis player David Hall and his coach Rich Berman. It gives comprehensive video tutorials on the basic wheelchair tennis movements.

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Deaf (Hard of hearing)

Deaf Sports Australia

Deaf sports became known in 1895 when South Australia and Victoria played a friendly game of cricket together. The games were known as carnivals. Deaf Sports Australia (renamed in 1999) began as the National Deaf Sporting Organisation and has continued to evolve with the formation of the Deaflympics in 2001. DSAs mission is ‘To facilitate and support the participation of deaf Australians in all levels of sport.’
The objectives of DSA are:

  • To be the peak body for Deaf Sports in Australia;
  • To host, facilitate and manage deaf specific sporting events where appropriate;
  • To foster, promote and encourage deaf people’s participation and skill development in all forms of sport in partnership with our members;
  • To continually advocate, educate, inform and support the mainstream sporting structure to make it deaf friendly and capable of including deaf people within the structure;
  • To foster relationships with government, deaf and mainstream sporting bodies to support the access requirements and participation of deaf people in sport at all levels; and
  • To ensure DSA has a sustainable governance and management approach to support its vision and mission over time.

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National Deaf Sports and Recreation Victoria

Deaf Sports Recreation Victoria (DSRV) is the peak state body in Victoria in sports and recreation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
DSRV can put you in touch with various clubs, and keep you informed of community events & opportunities where you can have fun and meet new and like-minded people.
DSRV covers sports such as: basketball, cricket, darts, eight ball, football, golf, lawn bowls, netball, soccer, swimming, tennis and ten pin bowling.

DSRV also encourages sports on any level; club, state, national and international. Examples of the sporting events are – local club championships, state championships, Australian Deaf Games, Asia Pacific Games for the Deaf, world championships and Deaflympics.
DSRV also encourages recreational and healthy living activities. Whether it is walking or Tai Chi – DSRV want to see Deaf and hard of hearing people participating.

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The Deaflympics (previously called World Games for the Deaf and International Games for the Deaf) are an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level. However, unlike the athletes in other IOC-sanctioned events (the Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Special Olympics), the Deaflympians cannot be guided by sounds (i.e., the starter’s guns, bullhorn commands or referee whistles). The games have been organized by the Comité International des Sports des Sourds (CISS, “The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf”) since the first event back in 1924.

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Deaf Tennis Australia

Deaf tennis Australia is an organisation that runs events all around Australia. Mainly this organisation provides information for coaches, clubs and associations who want to support deaf people wanting to play tennis. By signing up to Deaf Tennis Australia aims to:

  • Support deaf tennis
  • Increase the chance that deaf
  • tennis events will be held in
  • your local area
  • Preferential rates for deaf tennis events
  • Preferential access to player development programs
  • Pre-requisite for state & national representation
  • Access to member support & mentoring services
  • Help us raise the profile of deaf tennis in the mainstream hearing tennis community
  • Membership is a nominal cost to cover administration

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Blind/ vision impaired

Blind Sports Victoria

Blind Sports Victoria was established in 1977 as a State Sporting Association dedicated to increasing and providing opportunities for blind or vision impaired people to become active in sport and recreation throughout Victoria.

We work with those in the relevant sectors to provide sporting and active recreation opportunities for blind and vision impaired people. Where there are gaps in the provision of opportunities, we help by delivering programs to meet the needs of blind and vision impaired people.

Some of the ways we support our members are by:
Providing sporting and recreation programs delivered by our staff or experienced volunteers.
Linking members with State Sporting Associations who are committed to providing opportunities for blind or vision impaired people.
We also play a vital role in the community by educating organisations, coaches, officials, clubs, allied health professionals and the general public about inclusion of people who are vision impaired in sport and active recreation.

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Tennis Australia (Blind Tennis program)

Tennis Victoria will be working with Blind Sports Victoria to deliver a six week program to players who are visually impaired.
The six week program lasts for two hours and gives all visually impaired people the chance to get active and participate in tennis.
The program uses modified balls and courts to cater for the individual needs of each participant.

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