Fundraising Goal: $50,000
SPORT ACCESS FOUNDATION
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.
Grants will also help to provide products or services that will enable disabled children better access to participate in a local sporting club or activity. Grants will be given to provide financial assistance and support to enable children with a physical disability to participate in sporting activities that are otherwise beyond the financial means of that child or their parent(s) or guardian(s), including to provide financial assistance for the following:
Sport Access Foundation was set up by Katie Kelly, Australia's first Gold Medallist in the sport of Paratriathlon at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Katie has a deep commitment to projects that promote healthier lifestyles across all spectrums of Australian life. It is this passion that led her into a sports marketing career with some of Australia's leading sporting organisations including the National Rugby League, Melbourne Storm, ANZ Stadium, Norther Territory Government Department of Sport and Recreation and Athletics NSW.
In February 2015, Katie gained selection on Triathlon Australia's elite Paratriathlon program after she was diagnosed as Legally Blind due to a deaf/blind condition known as Usher Syndrome. After winning the Paratriathlon PT5 (Vision Impaired) World Championships in September 2015 with Michellie Jones as her Guide, Katie and Michellie then went on to win Australia's first Paratriathlon medal at the Rio Paralympics, where they won the Gold medal.
Since Rio, Katie has worked with the Australian Paralympic Committee in a Senior Marketing and Athlete Liaison role. Katie’s ongoing passion for promoting sports for children with a disability has been the key driver in setting up Sport Access Foundation.