Sport Inclusion (All Abilities) Community of Practice: Media and Communication

Sport Inclusion (All Abilities) Community of Practice: media and communication

Can we be world leaders supporting inclusion for people of all abilities in sport and recreation? We believe we can, and can't see any reason why not.

Come and join like minded people in a community of practice from the community, education, health, disability and sport and recreation sectors to share experiences, best-practice and where to from here. The community of practice will have three parts; a panel presentation followed by a question and answer, a world café and a networking opportunity.

When: 1 October 2018. 3.15pm arrival for 3.30pm start
Where: Room 1.10, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Contact: Shawn Stevenson on (03) 90969871 or email

About the Community of Practice: it has been said that it is harder to be what you can’t see – so how do we increase what people can see? Better media and communications? Better cross promotion? Better sharing of existing knowledge?

This will be the first Community of Proactive in a series focused on inclusion and diversity of people of all physical and cognitive abilities of all ages within the Sport and Recreation sector of Victoria. Together, we will explore participation as recreational and high performance athletes, communication, participation in non-playing roles, employment and mental health ultimately be driven by you, the community.

This first session is focuse on communication and how to share best practice across the sport, health, education and disability sectors. For example, if Golf Victoria have a story highlighting the impact of golf for a young person with autism, how can I share this story to possibly motivate others to give golf a go? Might members of the I CAN Network benefit from knowing more about Golf Victoria programs? What are the next steps we can take together?

What is a World Café? The Corld Café is one part problem solving and two part speed dating. The world café will see a table captain remain at a table with a case stady they would like to share with the broader sector. Do you have an innovative idea you would like to share? A socal media strategy? An app? Somethin a pod cast would help share across the world? Volunter to be a table captain by contacting Shawn Steveson.

Sport Inclusion (All Abilities) Panel Members

Danielle Kutchel is the Advocacy and Marketing Manager at the I CAN Network. Among many achievements, Danielle ran the Humans on the Autism Spectrum social media campaign in 2018 and helped run its previous incarnations in 2016 and 2017 (
Danielle, a journalist with a Masters of Journalism from the University of Melbourne has gained a wealth of experience working in the tertiary education sector with Deakin University and continues to work across the community, disability and education sectors as she communicates issues for the I CAN Network.

Laura Jenkins is the AAA Play Manager for the Access All Abilities (AAA) Play program delivered by Reclink Australia and supported by the Victorian Government. Laura’s background is in marketing. She is passionate about using marketing tools to meaningfully contribute value to people’s lives using integral and authentic techniques that promote a positive community and leave minimal footprints. Laura has recently implemented the state wide roll out of the AAA Play program, which is a free service connecting people with disabilities with sport and recreation opportunities.

Simon Rodder is the Sport Development and Partnerships Manager at Special Olympics Australia. Simon has been a leader in the sport inclusion sector by creating relationships with sports such as Golf and Gymnastics Victoria. Special Olympics Australia have recently launched a free coach education module. Simon will speak about his experience developing the coach education module to communicate best practice throughout the community and what he sees as the next steps.

Rebekah Lacy is the Communications and Events Manager, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation. Rebekah has joined Sport and Recreation Victoria following 10 years at Basketball Victoria where she held executive roles in competitions, marketing and communications. Previous to her time at Basketball Victoria, Rebekah spent 4 years at Wheelchair Sports Victoria (now Disability Sport and Recreation) where she was the Development Manager.

Save the Date for the next CoP: 1 November 2018: Sport, recreation and the NDIS.

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