In just under 90 days, 1000 athletes from up to 80 countries will converge on Brisbane, QLD, to compete at the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games, the largest, international multi-sport event to be held in Australia this year.
Held every four years, the INAS Global Games is a world-class sporting competition for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
Over seven intensive days of competition from 12-19 October, athletes from around the globe will contest 10 internationally sanctioned sports, including Para-athletics, basketball, cricket, Para-cycling, futsal, Para-rowing, Para-swimming, Para-table tennis, Para-taekwondo and tennis.
2019 INAS Global Games Chief Executive Officer Robyn Smith said the countdown had truly begun with team lists being finalised and teams preparing to head to Australia from countries including France, the USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan and China.
“This is a truly international competition and whilst the rivalry is friendly, it is fiercely competitive with three of our sports featuring events that can qualify athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” Smith said.
“This event is hosted by Sport Inclusion Australia and is a celebration of the incredible abilities these athletes have in their chosen sports – they all have phenomenal talent and like all athletes work incredibly hard to represent their country.
“Through hosting these Games, we know we can challenge perceptions, change attitudes and strengthen communities locally and globally and leave a legacy that showcases the power of sport to break down barriers and create social inclusion.”
Thirty-nine athletes have been named to the Australian Para-swimming team.
|Australian Para-swimming team for the 2019 INAS Global Games|
|Ashley Van Rijswijk*||NSW|
|Andrew Howard||Head Coach||QLD|
|David Heyden||Assistant Coach||QLD|
|Sadat-Jon Hussain||Assistant Coach||VIC|
|Guilherme Santos||Assistant Coach||QLD|
|Craig Tobin||Assistant Coach||QLD|
By Swimming Australia
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