About the project


Sport Access Foundation offers grants to Australian children with a disability so that they have an opportunity to play and participate in sport.

Funds raised by Sport Access Foundation go towards providing financial assistance - through annual grants - for key sports projects and events for Australian kids who have a disability.

All I want for Christmas


When Sport Access Foundation first offered grants to help children with a disability to participate in sport, we received 27 applications. This year, when we launched the annual grants program we received 100.

Only being able to provide four grants was a challenge. There were so many worthy young athletes.

As Christmas loomed on the calendar we wanted to find a way to thank the 96 applicants who’d missed out on a grant this year. So we called on our amazing sponsors - BlueScope, BMD Group, Harvey Norman, King & Wood Mallesons and Tagzart Design - to help us out. They have all generously committed to helping us raise $50 for each young athlete. 

Now - we need you!

We need your support to help us raise funds for these young athletes who face significant hurdles just to make the starting line. 

To give you an idea of their challenges - read below for the full list of disabilities across the 100 applicants. Read this and you start to get a sense of what they and their parents and carers face beach day.

Help us simply by donating from as little as $10 and it will go straight towards our 96 applicants for Christmas. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. 

Over 25 days we'll share the story of a number of these applicants on social media. 

To help raise awareness and funds - please like and share on #GiveSmallDreamBig

Instagram @SportAccessFdn

Facebook www.facebook.com/SportAccessFdn 

Our aim is not only to provide the $50 gift, but to raise awareness of the support these young people, and their families, need to achieve their sporting dreams.

The 25 Days of Christmas Posts will profile our applicants, their sporting career to date, and the challenges they face as they strive to achieve their very best.

If we all Give Small, our young Athletes can Dream Big.


Disabilities of our 2018 Applicants

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 hypomobility

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 

Wishing you the very best for the Festive Season!

Sport Access Foundation is proudly supported by its founding partner BlueScope, and King Wood & Mallesons, Zoggs Australia, Harvey Norman, Tagzart Design and Triathlon Australia.


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. After winning the 2017 World Championships, Katie is training for the 2018 World Championships with Tokyo 2020 Paralympics her longer term goal.

  • Angela Schrimpl

    Continue this worthy effort.

  • The PICA Group

    Every small step leads to big feat! Katie Kelly does us proud every time, we're always happy to support her efforts with the Sport Access Foundation.

  • Tudor BIDDER

    All the very best of luck. Enjoy your sport as we will enjoy watching you.

  • Mark Taggart / Tagzart Design

    Here is one child covered for the Christmas Campaign. Love supporting SAF :)

  • Michy

    Love your work Team KK. All the best to all you lovely people & kiddies. Keep having fun. Michy xo

  • Emma Vartanian

    On behalf of GOLDOC Touch Football

  • Carolyn Thompson

    Such an awesome foundation. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Mark Taggart

    Love to support Sport Access Foundation where I can. Katie you are an inspiration and a good friend.

  • Geoffrey Verco

    I wish my donation to be used to cover any admin fees charged by ASF on donations by the Primary Club of Australia to the Sport Access Foundation.

  • Chris Pilling

    Hi KK - Happy New Year!

  • Matthew Webber

    Completely and utterly inspired by the grace, intelligence and work ethic of Katie Kelly. A privilege to know her and support her work.

  • Bill Moss Foundation

  • Jemima Findlay

    Contributing to making a difference... Way to go Katie a great achievement.

  • Mark Taggart


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