Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) continues to recognise all abilities and opportunities for people to play, coach, administer and be involved in our sport. On International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) we’re proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sport Inclusion Australia.
“Sport Inclusion Australia is delighted to be signing our new Agreement with Tenpin Bowling Australia on International Day of People with a Disability,” Chief Executive Officer of Sport Inclusion Australia Robyn Smith said.
“We are delighted to be associated with a National sporting organisation so committed to ensuring their sport is available to all Australians with no barriers,” Smith continued.
The theme for IDPwD 2021 is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’, TBA hopes their actions will lead to a more inclusive and accessible tenpin bowling experience.
In the MOU, we agree to share a common vision for the inclusion of people with an impairment, and focus on the person’s ability, from grassroots to elite.
“We recognise the different roles each plays in achieving this and understand that by supporting each other’s role the chance of success is far greater. This is reflected in our MOU,” Sport Program and Development Manager, Emily Rennes said.
Some of the specific objects of the MOU include;
- Facilitate inclusion into Australian sport enabling competition at state/national levels
- Increased access to sporting opportunities like league, learn to bowl and coaching;
- Improved attitude to inclusion providing resources and support where we can
- Improved communication regarding inclusion in a variety of mediums, visual, audio, text, etc
- Increased opportunities for people with an impairment to participate
Programs such as Bowl Abilities, the range of leagues on offer at local centres, partnerships with organisations including Scope, Special Olympics Australia, Autism Spectrum Australia will continue leading TBA to be a sport for all abilities.
In addition, online and face-to-face coach development, free resources for staff, coaches, administrators, and managers to upskill in communication and inclusion, ensuring pathways for competition exist including the National Disability Championships are also vital parts of our commitment to inclusion.
As always, TBA remains open to hearing from the community about ways to constantly improve and celebrate everyone involved in the sport.
Email [email protected] or contact us via social media (@bowlabilitiesaus or @tenpinbowlingaus) to share your thoughts and suggestions.
Follow Sport Inclusion Australia on Instagram @sportincaus or Facebook @sport-inclusion-australia.
Find out more about International Day of People with Disabilities https://www.idpwd.com.au/