ASAPD finalises strategy to advance Australia’s disability sport sector

Midway through 2023 and Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disability (ASAPD) is marking two and a half years of serving our eight National Sporting Organisation with Disability (NSOD) members to better advocate, and facilitate, inclusive sport and physical activity for Australians with a disability.

By collaborating closer and forming one unified voice to champion the sector, our aim is to create a world where Australians with a disability can participate in sports at all levels, without barriers or borders. From grassroot level to high-performance, we strive to provide safe and inclusive environments where everyone can participate, learn, and grow.

Recently, the board of directors met in Sydney to finalise our strategic plan, which was a timely reminder of our collective strength and influence.

Facilitated by ASAPD Chair, John Croll AM, the board workshop promoted knowledge sharing, partnership, and perspective, which provided the clarity needed to set a solid foundation for success.

Not only was the time spent productive, but all members benefited enormously from re-connecting in person, sharing challenges, pain points and celebrating the successes across all National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSOD).

John was encouraged by the positive contribution from all attendees saying “The ASAPD board is an impressive collective of some of the country’s most well-regarded disability sports advocates and leaders, and genuinely good people doing really good work. I’m more motivated than ever to see this important Alliance help break down barriers and achieve greater inclusion for all people with disability or impairment.”

As a result, the four core pillars of the ASAPD strategic plan include:

  1. Collectively Achieve Greater Policy and Funding Outcomes with Governments
  2. Improve the Effectiveness of the Sector by Sharing Resources and Collaborating Efficiently
  3. Build and Expand Awareness of Our Purpose, Facilitating Exposure for the Members.
  4. Develop Projects that Deliver Member Outcomes

While still a relatively young Alliance, we are grateful to have support from organisations such as the Australian Sporting Commission which allows us to scale for growth.

We are thrilled to now be on the search for a talented Chief Executive Officer to lead the Alliance, and we encourage all interested and experienced applicants to apply.

We will also soon be launching educational programs, working closer with industry groups and partners, and increasing our marketing efforts across paid, owned and earned media channels.

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