New partnership to welcome more athletes with disabilities

Gymnastics NSW takes another step towards ensuring gymnastics is for ALL!

Do you have a disability or extra need, or know someone who does? We have some exciting news for you! 

Gymnastics NSW has partnered with therapy organisation, Everyday Independence to continue our commitment to welcoming everyone to gymnastics. GNSW supports and encourages participation of people living with disabilities in the sport. We are delighted to announce this partnership with Everyday Independence. For more than 20 years they have supported thousands of Australians engage in everyday life as valued members of their community, by providing services such as occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy. 

“We're proud to partner with Gymnastics NSW so together, we can make inclusion a reality for those with different abilities,” says Everyday Independence CEO Glyn Davies. “We share a deep commitment to developing people’s potential, because that’s when the best outcomes are realised.”

The aim of this partnership is to encourage inclusion and increase the participation of people with a disability in gymnastics. Those with intellectual and mild physical disabilities are most likely to benefit.

What does this mean for you?

Athletes will be supported to attend classes through the NDIS framework where possible.
Athletes will have a chance to participate in gymnastics at the level and role of their choice and ability. GNSW will implement strategies to provide these opportunities.
Everyday Independence will have the opportunity, where possible, to use GNSW affiliated club facilities, thereby creating an inclusive environment.
Clubs will have the chance to consult Everyday Independence and ask for advice to support an athlete with a disability.
You will hear about opportunities where Everyday Independence can help the gymnastics community.

An inclusive philosophy is vital to the way GNSW operates, says CEO Aaron Bloomfield. “We want everyone to feel welcome and to benefit from all that gymnastics has to offer,” he said. “Gymnastics is fun, inspiring, educational and social – and everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits when they enter a gym, including many athletes with a disability.”