Inas - the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual impairment - has selected Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to host the 5th Inas Global Games in 2019.
Sport Inclusion Australia, the Inas member organisation secured the Games for Australia through a competitive bid process. Sport Inclusion Australia CEO, Robyn Smith, is delighted to have won the bid. "The Brisbane Global Games vision is to deliver a uniquely memorable and exciting celebration of sport and culture which focuses on ability," she said. Sport Inclusion Australia has now established The Global Games Sports Company to develop and deliver the Games in 2019.
"The 2019 Inas Global Games Brisbane will be a life changing event for all athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators, and for communities across the Brisbane region, Queensland and Australia. It brings people together in a secure, fun and friendly environment for a whole-of-Games experience and will deliver a world-class sporting competition. Brisbane is a beautiful city and boasts some of the best sporting facilities in the world, all within close proximity to the competition and training venues," said Greg Dunk, General Manager, The Global Games Sports Company.
As a Celebration of Excellence the Inas Global Games will harness the power of inclusive sport to change attitudes, challenge perceptions and strengthen communities locally and globally.
The Games showcases athletes across the sports of Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Futsal, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Tennis.
A number of further demonstration sports are also being considered to run at the same time as the Inas Global Games and will be announced in the future.
Inas is the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability within the Paralympic movement and is the recognised member of the International Paralympic Committee. It is a global organisation that manages the eligibility process for intellectual disability sport, hosts an extensive programme of world and regional championship competitions and, through its members and partner organisations, promotes inclusion in sport around the world.
Inas' vision is that athletes with an intellectual disability across the World have the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport and high-level competition.
Inas is a not-for-profit organisation registered in the UK (1144903).
Sport Inclusion Australia works in partnership with many national and international sporting bodies and key peak agencies on a day to day basis to facilitate inclusiveness in sport for people with an intellectual disability. This partnership approach has been presented as part of Brisbane Global Games 2019 integrating a sports development program to promote the long-term viability of the Global Games sports.