Equity And Inclusion

We are currently reviewing and documenting an equitable and inclusive athletics program at Balmain Athletics. Our aim is to include all athletes in peer age groups unless that doesn't meet the individual athlete's needs, then we will work with you to integrate athletes alongside their peer age group. 

Click here to complete a short expression of interest form for All Abilities/Multi-Class Athletes or contact us via info@balmainlac.org.au to talk about how we can involve you and/or your child in athletics at the Club.

Including people with disability

Our commitment

Our Club welcomes all members of the community, regardless of their abilities. We will include people with disability in both athlete (playing) and volunteer (non-playing) roles to the greatest extent that we can.

We will endeavour to make our Club as accessible as possible, based on AA, ANSW, LAA and LANSW policies on inclusion, the ability of individuals involved in our Club, the type and level of competition they want to join and our capacity to make modifications that promote inclusion.

What we will do

  • Put people first, focus on what they can do and find out how they want to participate.
  • Ask each individual – and their parents if the participant is a child – for their advice about what modifications would help them to participate.
  • Where possible, make adjustments to our coaching, equipment, rules or playing environment and modifications to Club premises (e.g. putting in a ramp).
  • Be honest and explain if certain modifications or adjustments are not currently possible.
  • Communicate with people and share Club information in appropriate ways and formats.
  • Expect all members of our Club to accept and welcome people with disability.
  • Make sure people of all abilities are included in our Club's social activities and are recognised for their contribution and achievement.
  • Have strong policies to ensure that people can engage in athletics and participate in our Club without discrimination, harassment or bullying.
  • Provide information about other options for participation outside our Club; for example, letting people know about sports that are primarily or only for people with disability, or Clubs where major modifications have been made to increase opportunities for participation.

What we ask you to do

If you have a disability:

  • tell us what we can do to help include you in our Club
  • understand that we will do our best to make any necessary adjustments or modifications
  • talk to us if you have any concerns or ideas to help us make our club more inclusive.