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.

  • Galvin Bay

    Being born with a disability is tough, but we truly believe that everyone, regardless of their age, gender or abilities, deserves a shot at living an active and healthy lifestyle, and participating in the sports they love. HYDRAGUN is a brand that focuses on helping both athletes & ordinary folk recover faster and feel better. Our team at HYDRAGUN will like to extend our support to the Sport Access Foundation with this donation. Kudos to SAF for their great work!

  • Ben Luscombe

    We love the support and access that you provide to athletes. We at Starfish Triathletic try and recognise athletes of all abilities and are proud to support a great organisation

  • Mick Le Breton

    Donating on behalf of my dad, who I thought would like this as a gift on Christmas. With this small donation, we're hoping to help out a child with a disability the opportunity to access and enjoy sporting facilities.

  • Caitlin Fisher

    Donated on behalf of William Fisher - keep up the great work!

  • Lisa Smith

    Merry Christmas, love Lisa Smith - Office of the Public Guardian

  • Samantha Soster

    Good luck, love from: Jon, Nathan, Claire, Jim, William, Benny, Jack & Olivia. 2020 Xmas Cousins Donation

  • Janet Finn

    It is admirable the work being carried out by the Sports Access Foundation to support children with disabilities and provide opportunities to participate in sport. We have seen unprecedented times here in Australia, especially Victoria and I implore all businesses if you can to contribute during these trying times as it has never been more imperative to help where we can. As someone who is involved in sport myself, there is nothing more rewarding than helping kids get involved in sport.

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  • Catherine Alekna

    Donation by request of our employee Stuart Mort

  • Fiona Connolly

    What a great idea to make sport more accessible for those with challenges

  • Katrinka Geelen

    Hi Katie, We would not miss the opportunity to support you and the Sport Access Foundation in helping talented young athletes with disabilities fulfill their dreams! We're confident you will reach your target, and hope this little sum helps xx

  • Brent Dallow

    You do are a great role model for this cause Katie, all the best to all those involved.

  • Alex Henry

    Good luck Kellie and team - so proud of what you’ve achieved for Australian sport

  • Alison Muldoon

    This donation is being made in lieu of a birthday gift for a young lady with more sporting opportunities than she could hope for and a strong sense of social justice.

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