Tennis Australia (TA) is smashing barriers and serving up pathways for more people with a disability to be involved in tennis.
Tennis Australia works in partnership with its state/territory bodies (MAs) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in providing a national framework for the inclusion of people with a disability.
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As a part of the national framework, TA has developed a comprehensive Disability Action Plan. The plan aims to:
provide opportunities for people with sensory, physical, psychological and intellectual disabilities to be involved and participate in tennis
ensure players with a disability are seen as “tennis players” first
make available a variety of tennis playing options at all levels from a recreational to competitive level, from local to elite international standards
develop a network and structure that will provide a sound direction for players to compete and achieve
encourage tennis clubs and associations to undertake or to be involved in inclusive programs for people with a disability
provide access to opportunities aligned to those offered to able body tennis players
increase the profile and community awareness through national/state stakeholders, MAs, local coaches and clubs
provide greater support to encourage people with a disability to take on roles across the whole of the sport, including as players, coaches, administrators and officials.
Sports CONNECT is a national framework that works to build pathways for people with disability to get involved in sport, by creating and developing relationships between sports and disability organisations.
Tennis Australia has successfully attained Sports CONNECT Platinum status. To learn more about Sports CONNECT, visit their website.