Disabled sports in Australia

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Disability sports in Australia is the component of sports in Australia encompasses disabled sports programs for Australians with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities, allowing for the full participation in society. As with abled-body sports, these programs include child development, rehabilitation, recreation and competition at all levels.

Australian participation in disability sports is lower than in able bodied sports.[1]

The government created a programme called "Aussie Able" to encourage people with disabilities to become involved in sport.[2]

Public funding for disability sport focuses on the Paralympics and the Australian Paralympic Committee who have a 'Talent Search' program to provide support for potential candidates seeking to enter elite disability sports.[1]

Australia's participation at the Paralympics has included sending delegations to the Summer Paralympics since the first games in 1960, and to the Winter Paralympics since 1980.



  1. ^ a b "Beyond the Paralympics: where to for disability sport in Australia?". theconversation.com. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Persons with Disability and Sport". ausport.gov.au. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "History". deafsports.org.au. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Australian Athletes with a Disability - History". sports.org.au. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sport". dircsa.org.au. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.