Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Supporting footballers with an intellectual disability

The Turnbull Government is supporting AFL footballers with an intellectual disability.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan will attend the 2018 AFL National Inclusion Carnival in Launceston on Saturday 23 June. Players will compete in a round robin competition, participate in education sessions, run football clinics for local specialist schools, and promote the importance of people with an intellectual disability engaging in sport.

“Australians love their footy and I’m looking forward to watching the teams representing their states and giving it a real go,” Mr Tehan said.

“The AFL National Inclusion Carnival is one of many ways we are creating a society that is more inclusive of people with disability.”

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice said the Carnival recognised and promoted disability, inclusiveness and accessibility.

“The Turnbull Government is proud to partner with the AFL to showcase the ability of our best footballers with an intellectual disability, both on and off the field,” Mrs Prentice said.

AFL National Inclusion Carnival Director Jennie Loughnan said the Carnival provides an opportunity for players to play the game they love, socialise with their friends and be a part of a national event representing their state or territory.

“We thank the Government for the significant contribution, assisting the AFL to give the players an opportunity to pull on their state or territory jumper and showcase the abilities of footballers with an intellectual disability to the broader community,” Ms Loughnan said.