About the project

As a nation, Australia loves its Sport. It sits at the heart of our culture and identity.

Recognising that not everyone enjoys the same access to playing and participating in sport, three years ago, Katie Kelly OAM, Paralympian and Gold medallist (Para-triathlon) established Sport Access Foundation (SAF).

The Foundation provides annual grants to young people aged 7-17 years who are living with a disability. The aim is to provide them with better access to sport, through participation in a local sporting club or activity, or a competitive event. Our grants ensure many more children can participate in sporting activities that might otherwise be beyond their financial means. The grants are used to assist with costs such as: transport, entry fees, specialised sporting equipment e.g. a modified wheelchair, clothing and consultation with health professionals to develop a suitable training program. 

We have established partnerships with many Australian Sporting Groups: Sporting Wheelies Disability Association, Deaf Sports Australia, Blind Sports Australia and Sport Inclusion Australia (intellectual) and collaborate with these organisations to advocate and foster the growth and development of inclusive sports across the country.

SAF’s work is based on the firm belief that participating in sport and recreation offers young children with a disability many physical and social benefits. It helps build self-esteem, connects them to like-minded peers and the community, and reduces their dependency on welfare support systems as teenagers and adults. 

The Foundation is seeking to gain corporate support to continue to offer our annual grants to young people from across Australia. We encourage corporate Australia to get in touch with us via info@sportaccessfoundation.org.au

We rely on community donations to support our annual grants program. Thank you for your donation - every dollar goes direct to the grant recipients to help with the cost of their sport, including modified equipment, carer costs, transport and fees.

Disabilities of our Applicants (this is a sample of the type of disabilities we note in the annual applications).

Tourette’s Syndrome


Intellectual disability

Transverse Myelitis

Vision impairment – Blind, partially vision impaired, retinal dystrophy, bilateral optic atrophy

Sensory Nystagmus

Perthes Disease

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Infantile Congenital Scoliosis

Acquired Brain Injury

Arnold Chiari Malformation

Klippel Fiel Syndrome

Hearing impairment – Deaf, severe to profound hearing Loss, cochlear implant/hearing aids

Oculocutaneous Albinism

Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegic

Congenital Deformity of right hand

Nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eye)

Cerebral Palsy

Epilepsy and Autism

Undiagnosed severe and permanent progressive disorder of spinal cord

Kyphoscoliosis with heme-vertebrae and rib anomalies

Clubfeet and joint hypomobilit

Classic Autism & Intellectual Disability

Amputee – upper and lower body, including Bi-lateral leg amputee, Right leg through knee, below the knee

Osteogenesis imperfecta

Congenital Upper left limb difference

Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy

Down Syndrome

Cerebral Palsy, left hemisphereotomy

Bilateral Peters Anomaly

Rieger Syndrome

Usher Syndrome

Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)

Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia

Congenital Arm Abnormality- Radiohumeral Synostosis with Type 4 Ulnar Deficiency and Thumb Aplasia


Arthrogryposis, bilateral club feet, and HFASD.

If you have any queries or would like to know more please contact Sport Access Foundation via our email: info@sportaccessfoundation.org.au 


Sport Access Foundation was set up by Katie Kelly OAM, Australia's first Gold Medallist in the sport of Paratriathlon at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Katie trains with Triathlon Australia's High Performance squad on the Gold Coast, under Coach Dan Atkins. She has won 2 World Championships (2015, 2017) and is now aiming to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics.

  • Emily Shearer

    Thank you for all of the support you give to children. We loved wearing our sport\'s jerseys and raising money for a wonderful cause. Love Kool Kidz Rosanna

  • Freddy Saxton

    I am a Year 8 Student at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Tasmania. As part of my EY8 project this year, I arranged a Junior Basketball Clinic for Grades 3-5 in our Junior School. My clinic ran for 1-hour teaching juniors ball skills and drills. I was also fortunate enough to have a professional Basketball Player, D\'asia Chambers from the Launceston Tornadoes helping me out. We had a really good turn out and I was able to raise $100.00 to donate to you as my charity of choice.

  • Sarah Atkinson

    To the amazing team at Sports Access Foundation. Thank you so much for your participation + support in our first ever CRN Channel Cup! Here is a token of our appreciation for you, your wonderful foundation and the continuation of your vision and mission in ensuring all Australian kids with a disability have access to key sports projects and events. With thanks always, Team CRN

  • Chloe Dalton

    This donation is on behalf of everyone who purchased a hoodie through the female athlete project, to help make sport accessible to young female athletes

  • Lauren Reibelt

    Wishing you a fantastic run, Kelly! You can do it!

  • Janelle Wade

    Great work Kelly for a great cause.

  • Jennifer ONeill

    Go Kelly G!

  • Paul Bergin

    Run Kelly run....great cause

  • Clancy Wall

    Go Kelly! An amazing achievement... WooHoo!

  • Stacey McLennan

    Great effort on committing to the Gold Coast half marathon Kelly!

  • Dean Raihman

    All the best Kelly, Fingers crossed you make it! :)

  • Kelly Cameron

    Go Kelly!!

  • Tina Bradstreet

    This donation is made in the name of Rowan Fine of Boston, USA in celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. Rowan is a fine young man who is passionate about sports and the importance and value of sportsmanship and being part of a team. He will love what you are doing to help all children get access to sport. Thank you!

  • Cath Jones

    Go Kelly Gleeson - drag that bum 21kms 👍

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