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Caytlyn Sharp inspires next generation of female athletes

Updated: Aug 10



Caytlyn Sharp (VIC) has been chosen to take part in an exciting new project – #WeAreSport – that will help inspire the next generation of female athletes with an intellectual impairment in Australia.


#WeAreSport is being run by the International Federation for Athletes with intellectual impairments (INAS), a member of the International Paralympic Committee. It aims to help female athletes to use social and other media to promote their lives as high-performance sportspeople.


INAS is the world’s leading organisation for developing sport for athletes with intellectual impairments. It has received a grant from the Agitos Foundation, the development arm of IPC, to help create more female role models. As a member of INAS, Sport Inclusion Australia was keen to get involved.


Sharp and Jade Lucy (NSW) were chosen for #WeAreSport as leading athletes in their sports of Athletics and Swimming.


Sharp is an Athletics World Champion having won the Women’s High Jump at the INAS Athletics World Championships in Bangkok in May at just 15 years of age.


As part of the project, Sport Inclusion Australia also had to nominate two administrators.  They chose Chantel Lewis (QLD) and Anula Costa (VIC), who will receive training and support to work with partners organisations to build pathways for women and girls with an intellectual impairment.


The first activities for #WeAreSport will take place in June 2018 including a training webinar for the athletes and administrators. Each athlete will also receive a specially designed media pack containing their biography, pictures and graphics they can share on social media.


Activities will climax on the 2018 International Day of Sport for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments on 20 September.


#WeAreSport is co-funded by Sport Inclusion Australia, the INAS member in Australia.


Sport Inclusion

Sport Inclusion Australia is a member of INAS and the Australian Paralympic Committee working with sports at a National level to provide opportunities for people with an intellectual impairment and promoting inclusion.


For more information on Sport Inclusion Australia contact Robyn Smith (Chief Executive Officer) on 0418 979 459 or email robyn.smith@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au.

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